The Chicago White Sox clawed their way back in Wednesday’s series finale in Colorado but ultimately fell 6-5 to the Rockies. The Pale Hose delivered clutch two-out hits to take a late lead, but the bullpen faltered and Colorado won in walk-off fashion.
Giolito Struggles Early
Lucas Giolito labored in the early stages of this contest. Wednesday marked his second straight start allowing runs in the first inning. He surrendered a leadoff homer, a walk, a single, and two doubles in the inning, which resulted in an early 3-0 deficit.
The righty settled down from there and held the Rockies scoreless for the next four innings. Giolito battled and gave his team a chance to win the game. He allowed six hits and walked four while fanning four. All but one of the outs he recorded were via groundballs and strikeouts.
Anthony Senzatela, Colorado’s starter, led 3-2 with two outs in the seventh. Leury Garcia hit a comebacker off the pitcher’s left shin that rolled away for a single. The right-hander threw some warm-up pitches but ultimately exited the game.
Offense Fights Back
The South Siders got on the board in the fourth inning. Yoan Moncada singled and AJ Pollock doubled to set up a two-out at-bat for Yasmani Grandal. He delivered a single to left field that plated both runners.
Trailing by one in the seventh, the White Sox collected three more two-out runs. Tim Anderson singled to left to score Leury Garcia, who reached on the liner that caromed off the pitcher.
Moncada followed with a walk to load the bases. Then, Pollock came through with a single to score Anderson and Seby Zavala, who had a base hit to flip the lineup over.
The Bullpen Falls Apart
The White Sox bullpen has been rocky of late. Matt Foster loaded the bases in the fifth inning but escaped unscathed. Jose Ruiz worked the bottom of the sixth and allowed to run to cross home.
In the seventh, Joe Kelly allowed a hit and struck out two before exiting the game due to right biceps discomfort. Jimmy Lambert relieved Kelly and tossed one pitch to record the final out.
Things completely fell apart for Kendall Graveman in the ninth as he walked the first three hitters to load the bases. Elias Diaz singled to score two runners and secure the walk-off victory for the Rockies.
The White Sox failed to hit a home run in two games at Coors Field.
Joe Kelly said after the game he experienced the same nerve discomfort in his arm that delayed his start to the year.
Reynaldo Lopez was unavailable due to a sore back.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will return home to face the Oakland Athletics after Thursday’s off day. Lance Lynn starts the opener Friday night against Oakland’s James Kaprielian. NBC Sports Chicago will carry the action beginning at 7:10 PM CT.
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