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Tigers Tank as Giolito Gleams

August 25th vs. the Detroit Tigers

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The Tigers tried, but they couldn't get past Giolito.

Short Take:Lucas Giolito was dominant in Detroit as the Sox beat the Tigers 6-1.

One of nature's mysteries is how a flower knows that it's time to bloom. It's weather and soil, of course, along with sunlight and moisture, but we don't know exactly what happens to cause an ugly bud to open up into burst of color and fragrance.

And we may never know what combination of sunflower seeds and long-toss has caused Lucas Giolito to bloom into the pitcher the Sox front office thought he'd be. Tonight he was the very image of the big-league pitcher, dominant on the mound as the Sox beat the Tigers 6-1 on a misty night in Detroit.

Giolito spent a big part of this season doing a Nuke LaLoosh imitation, wild and ineffective and forcing the bullpen to bring their mops. But he's been sharp over the last several starts, culminating in tonight's performance: seven innings, one run, six strikeouts, one walk. The one run was a solo homer, which suggests one good contact but not a pitcher losing control.

Of course, the Sox hitters had to score those six runs, and they looked good as they did it. Kevan Smith got a two-run homer in the second, and a series of well-placed hits in the third brought in two more. Everybody except Adam Engel hit safely. That suggests the kind of balanced approach a team needs to have to become a regular contender.

Dare we dream? The Rebuild continues its furtive progress to the promised land, at times like the steps of a Fox Trot: slow, slow, quick-quick, slow. Letdowns, slumps, injuries, interrupted by flashes of bright energy. A few nights ago it was Kopech, tonight it was Giolito, and before that it was Rodon. Rick Hahn might really be on to something.

If you think of the ballfield's verdant ryegrass as a garden, it's not much of a stretch to compare the blooming of Giolito and his teammates to that of healthy flowers. By 2020 we'll all be carrying bouquets.

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