White Sox young starting pitchers have solid outings in their respective starts in Doubleheader against division rival Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
Chicago White Sox starting pitchers Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito both had solid outings on Tuesday for the team. In a doubleheader against the Twins at Target Field, both young pitchers had strong performances for the Sox.
Lopez pitched seven scoreless innings against Minnesota while allowing just one hit and recording four strikeouts in game one of the doubleheader. The 24-year-old did issue four walks against the Twins but was able to lower his ERA on the season to 3.42 after his quality start on Tuesday afternoon.
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The Sox bullpen would later spoil a good start from Lopez as Nate Jones was unable to protect a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. Minnesota stormed back with four runs in the inning which included a three-run go-ahead home run from Eduardo Escobar. This helped the Twins get a 4-2 win in game one of the doubleheader.
Although the Sox bullpen couldn’t preserve a win for Lopez, his strong outing on Tuesday afternoon is encouraging. After not lasting three innings in his previous start against the Cleveland Indians on May 30, Lopez was able to rebound nicely with a positive outing against the Twins.
The Sox were able to defeat the Twins 6-3 in game two of their doubleheader on Tuesday thanks to a nice start from Giolito. In the first inning, the Sox got out to a 4-0 lead over the Twins to give Giolito early run support. Giolito would also record a quality start as he pitched six innings while allowing just two earned runs and issuing only two walks.
With the win, Giolito improved his record to 4-6 on the season. Similar to Lopez, Giolito was also able to rebound from a horrible start against the Indians in his previous outing. Giolito’s ERA is still high at 7.08, but he has plenty of time to improve before the end of this season. The 23-year-old will, of course, need to be more consistent if he has any chance at replicating his success from the end of last season.