White Sox sixth ranked prospect records career-high in strikeouts to help South Siders get series victory over Tampa Bay Rays.
The Chicago White Sox are starting to get a glimpse of what’s in store for the future of this franchise on the mound. After a solid outing from Reynaldo Lopez on Friday, Lucas Giolito had a spectacular start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Giolito pitched seven strong innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in the Sox 6-2 victory over the Rays. The 23-year-old pitcher allowed just one earned run and one walk on Sunday. With the win, the Sox notched their third consecutive series victory at home as they took two of three games from a Tampa Bay team vying for a postseason berth.
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The Sox provided Giolito with run support in the third inning as Tim Anderson hit a RBI double to put the South Siders ahead 1-0. Jose Abreu, who appeared in his first game since Wednesday followed Anderson with a two-run home run to put the Sox ahead 3-0.
With an early 3-0 lead, Giolito would give up a solo home run in the fourth inning to Lucas Duda. However, that would be the only earned run Giolito would give up as he kept the Rays from getting comfortable at the plate. He would strike out the side in the seventh inning to end his stellar start against Tampa.
After Adam Engel added a RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend the Sox lead 4-1, Anderson added a solo home run in the fifth inning for a 5-1 South Siders lead. Anderson would add another RBI double in the seventh inning to put the Sox ahead 6-1 as he finished the day going 3-for-4.
Giolito’s strong outing comes after his impressive start against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 27. The Sox sixth ranked prospect has pitched well since being promoted. With the Sox heavily focused on player development this season, Giolito’s turnaround this season has been remarkable for the team. After initially struggling to start 2017 with Triple-A Charlotte, Giolito is making the most of his second stint in the majors.