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

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

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

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

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

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

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More early runs. I like that.

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Don’t stop now, boys!

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

Ashley Sanders
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The big missed call leads to a Skole strikeout instead.

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

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A three-pitch strikeout to Goins ends the rally.

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I’ll take that single.

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Dang it. They stopped now.

Ashley Sanders
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Giolito is feeling it today!

katiesphil
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G-Elite-O

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

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Jose kicking some Twain backside this series.

Ashley Sanders
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I’m here for it!

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

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

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

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I’m good with it.

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Yolmer with a double! 😎

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And Engel not trying to bunt him to third!

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Giolito is on pace for a complete game!

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Kind of fun, isn’t it?

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Sure is!

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WHAT A CATCH BY ADAM!

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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.

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OHHHHH! Robert just needs to be called up already.

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Six outs away! 80 pitches in!

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Another good catch by Engel!

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Giolito better buy Adam Engel a steak dinner

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Stuffed pork chops for the Man of Squeal.

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10 STRIKEOUTS FOR GIO

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

Laura Jansen
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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!

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Three more outs!

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Two more!

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ONE MORE!

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LET’S GOOOOO

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

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Right now and forever!

Brett Ballantini
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uh-oh … bitmoji, the return!

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And… scene.

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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.

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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!