The Chicago White Sox entered tonight looking to string together back-to-back wins, which is something they haven’t done since the first two games of the season. After a brutal homestand, the White Sox got off to just as brutal of a start to open up their seven-game road trip.
The White Sox faced the Twins right-hander Jose Berrios and they struggled against him throughout his entire outing. Berrios hammered the strike zone all night and the White Sox were swinging at everything. He easily cruised through his outing while racking up 11 strikeouts and not allowing one walk. Berrios had his best stuff tonight, causing the White Sox to guess which pitches were coming while they were at the plate.
Lucas Giolito struggled throughout the early innings of his start, but as the game went on he got better. Control was the big issue in the early innings, however, he would eventually settle down and limit the damage the Twins could do and kept the White Sox in the game as long as he could. Giolito got into a few early jams that were eliminated by double plays in the first and second-inning and no runs were given up.
Lucas Giolito put a lot of emphasis on wanting to work on his curveball this year, but tonight he would use his changeup and slider more frequently. Giolito made it through 6.1 IP tonight and ended up getting charged with two more earned runs after he exited. Aaron Bummer came in to relieve Giolito, inheriting runners on second and third base with one out. The two runs came off the bat of Joe Mauer, who reached the milestone of 2,000 career hits tonight.
Lucas Giolito’s Final Line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 K, 5 BB.
A costly error by Tim Anderson allowed the Twins to score their first run of the ballgame in the third-inning. With Byron Buxton on third-base, Brian Dozier hit a weak ground ball to Anderson who threw the ball in the dirt trying to get Buxton out at home. Dozier would reach second base on the throw and was brought home by the next batter Joe Mauer, giving the Twins a two-run lead.
This was not the only poor throw by Tim Anderson tonight. In the fifth inning, he would cleanly field a grounder, but once again he threw the ball in the dirt only this time it was over to first base. Jose Abreu made a fantastic play and ate up the throw to get him out. The ball came in at an awkward angle and Jose managed to field the ball and keep his foot on the bag as he was falling forward.
Sadly, the fielding troubles would continue later in the game. In the eighth-inning, Eduardo Escobar hit a grounder to Yoan Moncada who had trouble fielding it and this allowed Escobar to reach base. Escobar would go from first to third on a stolen base attempt when Omar Narvaez airmailed a throw to second base that ended up in the outfield.
This was one of those games where even though the final score was 4-0, it seemed like it should’ve been a lot worse. Yolmer Sanchez was the only player tonight who was able to consistently make solid contact against Berrios. Any time the White Sox had a runner on base, they did nothing to make it a scoring threat and strikeouts haunted them throughout the entire game.
The White Sox will be back at it tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT. Tune in to NBC Sports Chicago (TV) or WGN 720 (radio). Reynaldo Lopez will be on the mound. Hopefully, he can continue his hot streak.