RECAP: Giolito Shines, White Sox Bats Mash in Sweep of Tigers
Lucas Giolito silenced the Tigers lineup and the White Sox bats exploded once again to complete a sweep on the South Side.
The Chicago White Sox (15-11) completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers (9-14) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday afternoon.
Lucas Giolito took the ball for the Sox. Spencer Turnbull did the same for the Tigers in the series finale.
In the bottom of the first with one out, Yoan Moncada walked. Jose Abreu rocketed a double to left that got Moncada to third. Eloy Jimenez drew a full-count walk to load the bases. Edwin Encarnacion took ball four. Moncada scored to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead with the bases still loaded and one out. Nomar Mazara bounced into a fielder’s choice that plated another run to make it 2-0. James McCann singled to right-center to score Jimenez and push Mazara to third, 3-0 Sox. The Sox went back to work in their half of the second. Tim Anderson got hit by a pitch and stole second. Moncada drew another walk to put two on with one out.
Detroit made an early pitching change, bringing in Tyler Alexander for Turnbull. The Sox got back at it in the third. McCann singled through the shifted defense. On a full-count pitch to Danny Mendick with McCann on the move, Mendick doubled to the wall which allowed a run to score, extending the lead to 4-0.
In the top of the fourth, Jeimer Candelario recorded the first hit for the Tigers. JaCoby Jones followed with a single to put two on with nobody out. After a strikeout of Miguel Cabrera, Jonathan Schoop trickled one to Moncada that was bobbled on the transfer to load the bases. Giolito leaned on a pair of strikeouts, totaling three for the frame to get his team out of trouble. Still 4-0 White Sox.
Tim Anderson delivered yet another home run against the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth. His ninth dinger of the year extended the Sox lead to 5-0.
Lucas Giolito finished the seventh inning with his 13th strikeout. It tied his career-high. The Sox ace allowed just three hits and only walked one during his outing.
Jimmy Cordero came into the game in the eighth. Despite a double by Willi Castro, no damage was done. Still 5-0.
The White Sox really broke it open in their half of the eighth. Anderson reached on an infield single. Moncada drew his third walk of the day. Abreu lined a double to center that scored a pair to make it 7-0. Jimenez then sent one over the wall to extend the lead to 9-0. This was all off of reliever Joe Jimenez.
Cordero remained in the game and retired the Tigers in the ninth to end the ballgame. The White Sox won 9-0 and improved to four games over .500. They also improved their home record to 7-8.
A technical road game awaits as the team heads to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs for a weekend series. A pair of veteran lefties will take the mound in Dallas Keuchel and Jon Lester for the series opener. First pitch is set for 7:15 PM CT on Friday night.