Taste of their own medicine: The White Sox have done their fair share of spoiling ballgames late for their opposition, so the Los Angeles Angels reciprocated the feeling. (@WhiteSox)
Lucas Giolito was feeling it tonight! He wanted that 15th win, and he needed to give the Chicago White Sox a worthy performance to complement Reynaldo López’s utter brilliance from yesterday afternoon’s complete game. As an ace does, Giolito put on a show. Unfortunately, his bullpen couldn’t keep the lead or secure a win. In a frustrating game late, the Good Guys gave the game away.
Let’s marvel for a little bit: Luc-ace G-elite-o lived up to his pun-filled name. Expending 103 pitches, Lucas made it through the seventh-inning stretch. Through that span, Gio struck out six batters, while only walking one (Jared Walsh in the fifth).
Giolito did surrender two runs off of three hits. Luis Rengifo recorded his seventh home run of the season, which spans his whole career, in the third inning. Shohei Ohtani lined a ball to the right field corner, so he turned on the jets and made his way to third base for a triple, one-out in the seventh. An Andrelton Simmons groundout easily scored Ohtani for the Halos’ second run of the game.
Overall, Lucas recorded a quality start by going seven and limiting the opposition to two runs. He even recorded a very neat milestone:
Unfortunately, where the game took a drastic turn for the worst, Aaron Bummer gave up a two-run homer to Brian Goodwin (the game replacement to Mike Trout, who left the baseball game early due to right toe discomfort) during the top of the eighth, so Gio’s fifteenth win of the season will have to wait at least five more days, as today’s game had become a whole new ballgame two outs in the eighth.
Before the game was tied at four, the White Sox took an early lead in the first. Tim Anderson opened the game with a single, and Yoán Moncada followed with a single of his own. As José Abreu has been doing all seasoned, he doubled TA7 home for his 107th RBI of the season! Right after that AB, Eloy Jiménez grounded out to third to score YoYo for an early 2-0 lead.
Aside from the opening scoring, Dillon Peters pitched decently for the next three innings. However, after a no-doubter, two-run home run by none other than Tim “Stick Talk” Anderson,
Peters left the game having only throwing for 4 1/3 innings, a trend (to record four-plus inning outings) for three of his last four games.
The Middleton-Rodriguez-Robles relief trio kept the score at four for when the Angels came to tie it.
Top of the ninth inning, Alex Colomé came into the game to buy the South Siders an inning. Instead, Justin Upton simply crushed a ball to left-center field to untie the game, 5-4.
The Sox couldn’t hone in their late-game heroics, so they dropped the game and are now 62-79. For how fantastic the back-end of the bullpen has been, they are allowed to make mistakes. They are human, and they will get back to work.
Tomorrow night will feature the second game of this three-game weekend series. Dylan Covey (1-7, 6.88 ERA) will take on Andrew Heaney (3-4, 4.16 ERA). I will be attending tomorrow’s 6:10 CT game, which will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago. As always, WGN has the radio coverage. I’m sorry that the sunglasses emoji is still awaiting its highly-anticipated South Side Hit Pen debut, but it will be worth the wait!