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White Sox Bounce Back from Abysmal Loss to Even Series

After a deflating loss in extras on Monday, the White Sox bounced back behind ace pitcher Lucas Giolito to even their series with the Guardians.

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Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

The Chicago White Sox got even with Cleveland on Tuesday night after the brutal loss on Monday. Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito led the way along with some manufactured runs and crisp defense.

Happy Gio Day

Lucas Giolito made the start for the White Sox in game two. He faced fellow righty Cal Quantrill. Giolito was on cruise control all evening. He had a masterful performance over his seven innings of work. He allowed one run on six hits, fanned five, and allowed only one free pass. The righty featured some of the best command we’ve seen from him all season. It was demonstrated by the 23 called strikes, 11 swinging strikes, and 20 first-pitch strikes he induced from Guardians hitters. He was efficient, needing only 91 pitches to get through 7.0 innings and 26 batters.

The only blemish on the evening was a solo shot from Josh Naylor in the seventh, but the ace simply did things that aces do.

Run Factory

The White Sox finally opened up the run factory and managed to manufacture some runs. The scoring opened in the fifth inning when Josh Harrison doubled off the wall in left center and scored on Tim Anderson’s single to center. Both hits came with two outs and put the White Sox up 1-0.

However, the biggest hit of the game came in the sixth inning off the bat of Gavin Sheets. Luis Robert singled and stole second base with two outs. Noted White Sox killer Jose Ramirez had a chance to end the inning, but dropped the ball in foul territory. Sheets made him pay for it with a bomb into the right field seats. It was Sheets’ second home run in as many games and the Sox had a 3-0 cushion.

What he said..

It was Tim Anderson again in the seventh-inning that added to the Sox lead. Adam Engel singled to lead off the inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Harrison. Anderson then hit a ball past first baseman Josh Naylor to score Engel from second. It was the final run of the game and put the White Sox up for good, 4-1.

Notes

Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Tim Anderson made a spectacular heads up defensive play to get Giolito out of a jam in the fourth.

The team announced that Andrew Vaughn will begin his rehab assignment in Charlotte. He and Eloy Jimenez both took batting practice prior to the game.

What’s On Tap Next?

In a quick turnaround, the White Sox and Guardians will play the rubber match of this three-game series at 1:00 p.m. CDT. You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Net Chicago. The South Siders will send pleasant surprise Vince Velasquez out to face Aaron Civale. Be sure to catch the Sox On Tap recap after the game.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for additional postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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