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On A Hot Day, Giolito Not So Hot

Juen 16th vs. the Detroit Tigers


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In a game of fine-motor skills, the White Sox come up short.

Short Take:Lucas Giolito gave up five runs, setting up the the Tigers to beat the Sox 7-5.

Lucas Giolito comes from a family of performers. His mother is an actor, as was his grandfather; his father and uncle are producers. Acting folklore is rich with stories of the anxiety one has when arriving on the big stage. Giolito is in his second year on the big stage and pitches as if he's suffering from big-stage anxiety.

Today the Sox lost to the Tigers 7-5 in a game that was winnable. Not all of it was on Giolito, but the first five runs were, and that was more than the Michigan felines deserved. With two outs in the third, Giolito gave up a walk, a single, and a three-run homer in quick succession. Then in the fifth, to quote the wordsmith Yogi Berra, it was deja vu all over again. With two outs, Giolito gave up a walk and a two-run homer. On a hot South Side afternoon it was 5-0 for the rude houseguests after only five innings.

Talk abounds about Giolito going back to AAA to work on control. He's given up way too many walks this year, though that wasn't his problem today. Is it overthinking after two outs? Is it worrying about the walks that have dogged him this year? Is there something about the legacy of performing that's causing him to freeze up when the spotlight's on? We don't know, of course, but whatever it is, he needs to fix it if he's going to have the success at this level we all think he could have.

It's too bad, really, because the Sox tied it 5-5 at the end of the sixth and looked as if they had a plan to pull it out. Four straight hits and a sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 5-4, and a triple in the sixth by Yolmer Sanchez followed by a Jose Abreu sac fly tied the game 5-5.

But then the bullpen showed up. Jace Fry was pulled in the eighth after giving up a leadoff single. Bruce Rondon assumed the position and walked the next hitter, then dropped a popped-up bunt to load the bases. Then after a strikeout, Rondon allowed an RBI infield single to make it 6-5, then walked in a run to hand it to the Tigers. No doubt they were grateful.

7-5 is where it ended, and thus ends this chapter. One day a great drama may be written about this team, featuring, we hope, performers who know how to perform on the big stage.

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