The White Sox fell to the Chicago Cubs this afternoon 11-9. Lucas Giolito was on the mound this afternoon against the Cubs facing his counterpart in Cole Hamels. It was an up and down start for Lucas, the righty let up a lead-off home run to outfielder Albert Almora Jr. It was a fastball middle in that hit in the upper 90’s that Almora took deep. Giolito quickly bounced back and struck out the next four hitters in the bottom of the first thanks to a drop third strike call on Ian Happ.
The second inning didn’t go too well for Giolito. After giving up a walk and single to the first two batters of the inning, the runners eventually found themselves on first and third base thanks to a fielders choice. It was then pitcher Cole Hamels with the suicide squeeze to bring home the second run of the game. Giolito would go on to say “my weight was going forward a bit” referring to his second inning struggles. This was a common thing from last season where Lucas often struggled from the stretch. This has become a point of emphasis this spring season for the starter. A question from Jason Benneti in reference to working from the stretch to Lucas during the game resulted in Lucas saying “Better we are getting there, putting some good work in. I could feel what I was doing wrong. Making good progress.
Lucas seemed to settle down over the next three innings only giving up another run via the long ball. All in all, it was a very pleasing day for Giolito. The box score might not say that, but his curveball was very effective. It had late movement all day and caught most of his seven strikeouts on it.
Final Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 K.
As for the White Sox offense, it showed no signs of sluggishness today. Catcher James McCann started it off for the south siders in the bottom half of the third with an RBI single who scored Brandon Guyer. Yoan Moncada would then come up to continue his hot spring crushing a three-run home run to give the good guys the lead 4-3.
It was a 6-5 game when Dylan Covey came on to try and show he still has what it takes to handle that fifth starter spot. Unfortunately for Covey, today didn’t help his case. He would let up two runs on five hits in an inning and a third. Nate Jones then went on to replace Covey where the veteran led up three runs himself.
However, there was still some fight from the White Sox bench. Phenom Luis Robert ripped a two-RBI double which scored Nick Madrigal and Laz Rivera, this would make it an 8-8 game. Get used to saying that White Sox fans. This was a good sign for Robert as he just returned from a minor thumb injury.
In the end, the late surge from the bench couldn’t come out on top as the Cubs would pile on three more runs in the eights to put the Sox away for good.
The White Sox will face the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 CT.
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