White Sox: Red Sox hitters too much for bullpen pitchers

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The White Sox started their four-game series against the Red Sox with an early lead. But, the big hitters on the Red Sox lineup proved to be too much for the bullpen.

Sadly, the White Sox could not get a win against the AL East leaders.

Despite the 9-4 loss, there were plenty of positives for the White Sox as they entered the long Labor Day weekend series.

Lucas Giolito pitched one of his best games of the season. His final line in 6.1 innings pitched included only two hits and one earned run. He struck out eight batters and walked two. The last time he struck out that many batters was when he faced the Oakland A’s in late June. He has had a few two-hit games, but none with that many strikeouts.

It was incredibly disappointing that the bullpen could not follow Giolito’s strong performance. The troubles began when Jeanmar Gomez entered the game in the seventh inning. At this point in the game, Giolito had thrown 113 pitches. Gomez inherited one out and one baserunner after Giolito walked Brock Holt. Gomez then gave up a single, a sac fly, and a home run before finally getting a strikeout. By the time the seventh was over, the game was tied at four.

Ryan Burr entered the game in the eighth and he did his job and did not give up any hits or runs. He was followed by Thyago Vieira as Rick Renteria gave him the opportunity to earn his second save. Instead, the Red Sox lit him up.

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The 25-year-old reliever started the inning facing the sixth batter in the lineup and Vieira struck him out. Then, Ian Kinsler (who has plenty of experience against Pale Hose pitching) earned a single and the merry-go-round began. After Kinsler’s single, Vieira gave up singles and walks to the bottom of the lineup. After a run scored and a mound visit from Renteria, Vieira struck out Mookie Betts. Then, Andrew Benintendi singled and earned an RBI. Then, J.D. Martinez hit a home run that scored three more runs. That was it for Vieira and for the White Sox.

Despite the rough ninth innings, the Southsiders did score four runs in the early innings. Eight White Sox batters faced Rick Porcello in the first inning which was highlighted by an Avisail Garcia home run that scored Nicky Delmonico. Then, Matt Davidson earned an RBI with a single that scored Daniel Palka. And, the second inning Garcia earned a third RBI with a sac fly that scored Carlos Sanchez.

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But, that was it for the ChiSox runs. Unfortunately, a four-run lead and outstanding starting pitching was not enough for the Good Guys to get the win. The White Sox will get three more chances this weekend. Friday night, the White Sox fans will get to see Michael Kopech face off against Nathan Eovaldi at 7:10 PM.