Gamethread: White Sox at Twins

Archaeologists claim this is a Pompeii man who made a poor decision about trying to catch a souvenir from Vesuvius, not the White Sox last night. Fans may disagree.

One of the nice things about being crushed in a sporting contest, as opposed to, say, a volcanic eruption, is that you get to start all over again the next game. That’s a lucky thing for the Chicago White Sox.

The Sox go with their best for today’s nooner in Minnesota, as Lucas Giolito tries for win number 14. Giolito’s prior starts against the Twins have both been -ful … one master-, the other aw-.

On June 30, Cool Hand Lucas tossed five innings of one-hit, no run, no walk, four-K ball, getting the win in a 4-3 Sox victory. But on July 25, Chevy Gio was as crushed as the gentleman from Pompeii above, giving up seven earned in five innings, including three homers (in just five innings, mind you) to Nelson Cruz and another to Max Kepler. Giolito has had all very fine starts since then, so there’s good reason to expect it will be Cool Hand in the hot sun this afternoon.

Giolito will be facing another 13-game winner, righty Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi dominated the Sox the only time he’s faced them this year, matching Gio’s first time vs. the Twinkies, going 5 1/3 inning of one hit, one walk, nine-K ball. He was an out short of a quality start against Texas last time out, but hasn’t had a bad game since getting pummeled by the Yankees July 24.

Since neither team needed to use its good relievers in last night’s debacle, we’ll probably see the best of the pens once the starters leave. That should mean a low-scoring game, but, hey — this is baseball. And the last two games have shown that anything squirrely can happen.

Matt Skole moves up in the Sox lineup.

Oddly enough, Cruz will bat third for the Twins.

First pitch is at 12:10 CDT on an absolutely perfect day for baseball in Minneapolis, 73 degrees and no chance of rain (or snow). NBC Sports on the idiot box, WGN 720 on the boombox.

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DuhSox
DuhSox
10 months ago

At least with Gio on the mound you feel like we at least have a chance. Go Sox!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

There’s a quick first run of the game for the Good Guys!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

There we go, Matt! 2-0 Sox. Runners on the corners with one out!

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago

Echo chambers on both game threads. We need more early-run gloating.

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  katiesphil

Tim put runners on the corners with no outs! Let’s get some more early runs!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

ABREU BLOOPS ONE TO SHORT RIGHT FIELD! Leury scores! 3-0 in the third!

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago

More early runs. I like that.

lwilz17
lwilz17
10 months ago

Don’t stop now, boys!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

WHOA. That’s a big miss. Should be bases loaded with only one out

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

The big missed call leads to a Skole strikeout instead.

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Ooo, infield single by Eloy loads the bases with two outs. Let’s capitalize!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

A three-pitch strikeout to Goins ends the rally.

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago

I’ll take that single.

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago

Dang it. They stopped now.

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Giolito is feeling it today!

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago

G-Elite-O

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Abreu with the first extra-base hit of the game! Let’s get some more runs!

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Jose kicking some Twain backside this series.

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  katiesphil

I’m here for it!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Wow, if Sox win today, first winning record against the AL Central since 2012.

lwilz17
lwilz17
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Thank you, schedule gods for all those early season games against Cleveland when they sucked

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Wild pitch offense! 4-0 Sox in the fifth!

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

I’m good with it.

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Yolmer with a double! 😎

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

And Engel not trying to bunt him to third!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Giolito is on pace for a complete game!

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Kind of fun, isn’t it?

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  katiesphil

Sure is!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

WHAT A CATCH BY ADAM!

lwilz17
lwilz17
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

He’s such a good defensive player. We need to make a superhuman with his defense and Eloy’s offense. Oh wait we have that, Luis Robert.

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  lwilz17

OHHHHH! Robert just needs to be called up already.

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Six outs away! 80 pitches in!

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Another good catch by Engel!

lwilz17
lwilz17
10 months ago

Giolito better buy Adam Engel a steak dinner

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago
Reply to  lwilz17

Stuffed pork chops for the Man of Squeal.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

10 STRIKEOUTS FOR GIO

Joe Resis
Joe Resis
10 months ago

I just have one thing to say: MERCY, Lucas!

Laura Jansen
10 months ago

Just got out of a meeting that kept me from appreciating a full afternoon of Giolito. I was very happy to see the score when I got out!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Three more outs!

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Two more!

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

ONE MORE!

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

LET’S GOOOOO

Lurker Laura
10 months ago

Everybody say it with me: I love Lucas Giolito so much right now.

Ashley Sanders
Editor
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Lurker Laura

Right now and forever!

Brett Ballantini
10 months ago
Reply to  Lurker Laura

uh-oh … bitmoji, the return!

katiesphil
katiesphil
10 months ago

And… scene.

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
10 months ago

Giolito has certainly turned his career around, save for that stretch from mid June to shortly after the All Star break. If he can come close to keeping up this pace, he can be an anchor for the rotation moving forward.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Mark Liptak

He has definitely solidified the ace position of this staff. Hopefully, he will have some intense competition for that position for years to come. Most everyone is due for a bad stretch, but he didn’t let it define him. He is displaying incredible poise, and it is so much fun to witness!