The Chicago White Sox got all the runs they needed in the sixth inning to record a series finale victory against the Cleveland Guardians. A stellar start from Lucas Giolito carried the visitors into the seventh inning, where some trouble began to brew. The White Sox bullpen was dominant in relief and locked down a 2-1 win to help earn a series split.
Giolito Returning to Form
Lucas Giolito went through a rough patch of six starts after coming off the COVID list. Since then, the righty has pitched to a 2.88 ERA in his last four starts. He stymied the Cleveland offense through his 6.1 innings of work on Wednesday night. Giolito allowed just one unearned run, fanned five, surrendered five hits, and issued one free pass. He earned the win, improving to 6-5 on the year, after the bullpen was spotless in relief.
Giolito got all the run support he needed in the sixth inning. Jose Abreu doubled to right-center to score Yoan Moncada, and Andrew Vaughn’s groundout manufactured another run when Luis Robert scored.
The Guardians had an impromptu bullpen game. Starter Aaron Civale exited after 20 pitches in the first frame with a sore right wrist.
It’s hard to overstate the run the White Sox bullpen has put together lately.
Giolito recorded the first out of the seventh inning before Franmil Reyes singled off the wall and Nolan Jones walked. Tony La Russa summoned Reynaldo Lopez from the bullpen. He recorded an out, but a Cleveland run crossed home on a fielding error by second baseman Josh Harrison. Lopez then induced a groundout by Myles Straw to end the threat.
Kendall Graveman and Liam Hendricks overwhelmed Guardians hitters in the eighth and ninth. Each pitched a flawless inning and stuck out two batters.
The White Sox bullpen has not allowed a run in their last 18.2 innings pitched.
Eloy Jimenez exited the game after the sixth inning with tightness in his right leg.
Yasmani Grandal went 2-3 with a walk as the designated hitter for Triple-A Charlotte.
Tim Anderson remained in the game after being hit in the back by a Luis Robert line drive while running the bases.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox travel to Minnesota for a four-game weekend series against the Twins. It is the last set before the All-Star break and the biggest series of the season. Johnny Cueto will take the mound for Chicago. The veteran went six innings and allowed just two runs in his last start against the Twins. Sonny Gray will provide the opposition for Minnesota. NBC Sports Chicago will air the game beginning at 6:40 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.
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