The Chicago White Sox didn’t get the win for their ace because the offense slacked, but he reached a milestone that is worth noting.
The Chicago White Sox go into games against good teams like the Minnesota Twins believing they can win. They have been really successful against elite teams in 2019, but Tuesday night wasn’t their night as they were defeated 3-1. Lucas Giolito got the start and was really good, but a few Twins solo shots earned him the loss. Other than that, he had a solid outing and one that saw him reach a notable milestone.
He reached the 200 strikeouts plateau for the first time in his career. He is truly having a sensational season for the White Sox and is showing that he can be an ace in this league. He joins Ed Walsh, Javier Vazquez, Tom Bradley, Esteban Loaiza, and Alex Fernandez as the only right-handed pitchers in White Sox history to reach that milestone.
Lucas Giolito, despite his nice start, fell to 14-7 with the loss. He only gave up two runs on four hits in six innings of play. The offense couldn’t pick him up, as Tim Anderson‘s solo shot would end up being the only run the White Sox scored in the game. They aren’t going to beat anybody scoring only one run, especially a team as high octane as the Twins. The fact that Giolito and the bullpen only kept them to three runs is impressive based on how many runs they’ve scored this season, but they couldn’t score themselves.
Hopefully, Giolito helps the White Sox not go ten years again without a 200 K righty. Chris Sale reached the feat as a lefty multiple times, but Giolito is the first righty since 2008 to do it. It is exciting to see his development and this is another step in the right direction.
The White Sox are back in action against the Twins on Wednesday night. Ross Detwiler is going to get another start for the White Sox and he will face Jake Odorizzi of the Twins. It is a chance for the White Sox to tie the series against a really good team.