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Lucas Loses

August 22 vs. Minnesota

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Balls kept flying out of Guaranteed Rate Field and you just had to laugh.

Short Take:   Lucas Giolito has a fine Sox debut, but his meatballs make all the difference in defeat.

Back in May, I took a trip to Indianapolis to see the Charlotte Knights and the White Sox prospects they field. Lucas Giolito started that game for the Knights, but had a rough night, continuing a bad start to the season. Ever since he threw a seven-inning no-hitter shortly after that night though, he's turned enough of a corner to merit his next stint in the bigs and his first with the Sox. His Pale Hose premiere Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins wasn't bad, but he got stuck with the 4-1 loss.

Giolito wasn't always smooth during his first three innings. He plunked Brian Dozier, the first batter of the game, and made an errant pickoff throw in the second. Fortunately, those mistakes were just blips on the radar as he pitched over them. Yes, this was definitely a different pitcher from the one that led people to doubt him in the spring.

Giolito had the smallest possible run support thanks to Yoan Moncada's speed during his first at-bat. The young Cuban hustled out a double on a soft grounder to right field that most would have kept a single. He tagged up on Jose Abreu's deep flyout to center and reached third before scoring on a wild pitch from Kyle Gibson. Glad to see two of his five tools on display during that sequence.

After that productive opening frame, the Sox had two opportunities to add to their 1-0 lead, both with the bases loaded. The first one came with one out in the second, but Gibson struck out Adam Engel and got Leury Garcia to ground out. The situation in the third came with no outs and all that happened were three consecutive strikeouts from Avisail Garcia, Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson. Gibson undoubtedly felt on top of the world after that.

The Twins made the Sox pay for their pair of blown chances with their power. Jorge Polanco led off the fourth with his third homer in as many games this series. Another leadoff homer came in the fifth from Kennys Vargas, giving the Twins the lead. Insurance that turned out to be unneeded came the next inning with a leadoff double by Joe Mauer and home run from Eddie Rosario. Giolito was responsible for all four Twins runs and his offense couldn't bail him out.

Despite the tough defeat, Giolito did just fine in his South Side debut. He struck out four and walked no one in six innings, so while not spectacular, his ability to limit damage and eat some innings won't go unnoticed. Much was made about how frequently he went to his fastball, the pitch hit on all three Twins homers, and how little he threw off-speed pitches. With more experience, he can learn not to throw the old number one as frequently so that fewer fly balls will come off the bats of opposing hitters, thus avoiding heart attacks from fans.

The fourth of five games in this series will be played Wednesday. This one will feature a pair of veterans as James Shields faces Ervin Santana. Of course, Sox fans most likely will be at Guaranteed Rate Field to check out the young talent instead. The game starts at 7:10.

 Though it was disappointing, the young stars of the evening show a promising future.

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