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Giolito Does It

July 23 at L.A. Angels

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Giolito dared the Angels to beat him. Too bad for them that they couldn't.

Short Take: Lucas Giolito has a quality start, and the White Sox win the first of four games with the Angels.

White Sox fans will want to load up on caffeine the next few days. Most of the four-game road series with the Los Angeles Angels is set to take place at night, which means more of the unforgiving West Coast times that were experienced during the Seattle series. But if you're lucky, the down-on-their-luck Sox will surprise you and make your deprived sleep worth it. They did just that Monday with a 5-3 win.

The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jose Abreu hit his second home run of July off Jaime Barria. Lucas Giolito preserved that lead until David Fletcher and Kole Calhoun led off the third with back-to-back doubles to tie the game. Calhoun scored to put the Angels in front, 2-1, on a Mike Trout sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Shohei Ohtani hit a 435-foot home run to center field to remind everyone how powerful he is. Despite the 3-1 deficit, Giolito would not let the Angels score again in his six-inning, five-strikeout performance.

Leury Garcia got the Sox closer in the fifth with a leadoff triple that scored on an groundout by Kevan Smith. The best of the evening came in the sixth, which began with Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez drawing back-to-back walks and chasing Barria from the game. Hansel Robles came on in relief and fared no better, serving up a game-tying single to Abreu and the go-ahead sacrifce fly to Leury Garcia. As a final humiliation, he hit Smith with the bases loaded to give the Sox their fifth and final run.

Despite Giolito's quality start, Rick Renteria somehow found it necessary to burn through the bullpen for the final three innings. He burned through five(!) relievers before turning to Joakim Soria for the ninth. At one point, the Anaheim crowd, already grumpy from the home team's rough showing, booed Renteria for continually making changes and lengthening the game. However, none of that mattered to the Sox after Soria got Justin Upton looking to end the game despite having put the tying run on base.

Though this game was not perfectly played or managed, the Sox did enough of the right things to squeeze out the win. It served to prove that a team doesn't have to do the spectacular to have success. As long as you do the things you're supposed to and are ahead of the scoreboard at the end of the game, nothing else matters. Maybe the next great Sox team will be one that typically succeeds in the quiet fashion we saw Monday.

The Sox will try to repeat their early success with the Angels on Tuesday. At 9:10, Carlos Rodon will get the ball against Felix Pena. The Sox have never faced Pena, and we know they historically have struggled against starters they're seeing for the first time. But this team has proven it's got a few tricks in its bag, so a minor miracle might be in store.

Fun Da Mentalz:
 Though it might be tiring to watch baseball late at night, victories cure all.

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