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White Sox: Lucas Giolito Shines in 6-3 Win Over Royals

Lucas Giolito put together a beautiful outing and played a major role in helping the White Sox earn a 6-3 win this afternoon. Sean has more on the game here.

The White Sox entered the day looking to avoid an opening series sweep after being handed back-to-back losses in Kansas City. Right-hander Lucas Giolito took the mound this afternoon and played a major role in helping the White Sox earn a 6-3 victory.

After trotting out there for his first inning of work, Giolito walked the first batter of the game on four straight pitches and it seemed like he was going to have trouble finding the strike zone again. This is something we’ve seen far too many times from him. However, Giolito would settle down and became locked in for the rest of his outing, turning in an absolutely fantastic performance.

Displaying his refined mechanics that he’s been working on all off-season, Lucas Giolito looked like a completely different pitcher out there today. In the past, he’s predominantly been a fastball heavy pitcher who was hesitant to use his off-speeds. Today, he was the opposite as he frequently set himself up nicely to mix in his off-speeds. His changeup was his most effective pitch this afternoon and it had some nasty movement on it. In general, Giolito’s arsenal looked the best it ever has since he joined the White Sox and he breezed through the Royals lineup, racking up seven strikeouts on the afternoon.

After the lead-off walk, it felt like it was going to be another head scratching performance this afternoon. However, Giolito didn’t let that get to him as he made quick work of the Royals lineup and held them hit-less through 6.1 innings this afternoon. After giving up his first hit of the game, the Royals started tagging him a bit and finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning. This ended Giolito’s day earlier than he would’ve liked, but regardless, he was excellent on the mound today.

For a guy who has struggled to throw strikes for a good portion of his career, it was beyond refreshing to see Lucas Giolito pound this strike zone this afternoon. Over the last season, Giolito often times lost confidence not only in himself, but in his arsenal too. Having a performance like he did today can provide Giolito with a ton of confidence that he needs moving forward. Time will tell if he’s able to string together some consistency in his starts, but this was a much-needed outing and a great start to the 2019 season for Lucas Giolito.

Final line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 K. 99 pitches, 68 strikes.

The White Sox got the scoring started with back-to-back solo home runs by Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso in the top of the 4th inning, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead. This was not only the first lead in the game for the White Sox, but it was also their first lead throughout the entire opening series. This team has been playing from behind to start the season, but today, they had different plans.

Yoan Moncada continued his hot start to the season, smacking two more hits this afternoon with a double and a RBI single. He also struck out twice today, but the two hits made up for it and his more aggressive approach is still paying off for him in the early parts of the 2019 season. Tim Anderson also collected two hits today and has successfully had a hit in each game of the season so far.

The White Sox end the opening weekend of the season with a 1-2 record, but there are still plenty of positives to takeaway from the young season. The results might not always be what fans hope for, but as long as there’s development and progress from some of the key players, then the losses shouldn’t hurt as much. Luckily, White Sox fans won’t have to worry about a loss today as the team picked up their first win of the 2019 season.

On Deck

The White Sox will head to Cleveland to face the Indians on Monday, April 1. Ivan Nova will be making his White Sox regular season debut with first pitch scheduled for 3:10 CT.

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