Gamethread: White Sox at Angels

Lucas Giolito seeks his fourth consecutive quality start

Man on a mission: Lucas Giolito looks to build off his last outing, when he struck out 13. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)

The White Sox (54-66) have another late night matchup against the Angels (60-63) in Anaheim. This is the second of a four-game series on the west coast. Last night, the White Sox scored four runs in the ninth to pull within one, but they fell just short in an 8-7 loss.

This time, the White Sox will have Giolito on the mound. He enters with a 3.42 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 3.85 xFIP, and 4.0 fWAR this season. In his most recent start, Giolito struck out 13 Athletics while issuing only one walk and allowing just two runs in six innings. However, the offense could not get anything going, and Giolito picked up a tough loss, as the Sox fell, 2-0. In his past three starts, Giolito has struck out 30 in 19 innings (14.21 K/9, mercy). On the season, Giolito has a K/9 rate of 11.26, which would rank second among all White Sox pitchers for a single season (first: Chris Sale with 11.82 in 2015).

22-year-old left-hander Patrick Sandoval has the difficult task of squaring up against Lucas Giolito. The Angels selected Sandoval in the 15th round of the 2015 draft. This will be Sandoval’s third career major league appearance and his second career start. In nine and two-thirds innings in the majors, Sandoval has a 5.59 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 3.84 xFIP, and 0.1 fWAR.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

The White Sox made the following announcement this afternoon:

Within the White Sox’s system, Reed, 26, has played in 14 games in the majors (.136/.204/.205) and four games in Triple-A (.125/.263/.313).

This game will start at 9:07 CST, and NBC Sports Chicago will televise it. As usual, WGN 720 will have your radio coverage. Let’s even this series out.

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Joe graduated in 2018 with a degree in economic consulting from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, also minoring in Japanese and studying abroad in Nagoya for a semester. He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Indianapolis after graduation. The White Sox are his favorite team in all of sports, and he considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to write about them on this great platform. He squeaked by with the 2018 #SoxMath championship despite intense competition from colleague Ashley Sanders. That experience helped put him on the map, as he started contributing to South Side Sox shortly afterward. Joe looks forward to delivering all sorts of content about our team.

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Let’s even the series! (Let’s make it quick before I fall asleep!) Can Lucas Giolito channel Mark Buehrle?

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I hope so! Through four hitters, not very Buehrle-esque, but he can turn it around.

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Hmmm…39 men on the roster, eh? Luis Robert is not. Any chance he’s making his way to Chicago?

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That’s what I am hoping for!

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Ohtani really should investigate a chinstrap.

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Giolito vs. Pujols. An exciting matchup of two all-time greats.

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There we go, Lucas! Nice recovery. He escapes.

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I wasn’t looking for more reasons to like Bill Walton, but his missing the Steely Dan reference gave me one anyway.

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Bemboom has a nice ring to it.

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I love wild pitch offense!

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Yolmer 😎

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Use the force, Luc

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TIT ESCAPES WRINGER

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A TOOTBLAN by….. No… no… this can’t be right…Mi…miiiiike T..tr…Trout?

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JAMES FREAKING MCCANN DID IT AGAINNNNNNNN!!!!!