Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito’s perfect game bid came to an end in the seventh inning against the A’s on Tuesday.
After six spotless innings, A's infielder Tommy La Stella hit a sharp base hit to center field to lead off the seventh.
Giolito retired all batters hitters he faced prior to that, striking out six through the first six innings in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series. Giolito retired the next three hitters as well in the seventh, including two more strikeouts, stranding La Stella at first.
The Sox starter remained extremely focused throughout his outing.
Giolito also is only the fifth pitcher to ever be perfect through six innings in the playoffs.The only pitcher to ever pitch a perfect game in the postseason is Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series.
Fellow Sox teammate and starter Dallas Keuchel told reporters on Tuesday before the game that Giolito takes a calm presence heading into his outing. That’s a stark difference to how Giolito felt before Opening Day, when he admitted his nerves were through the roof.
You wouldn’t have been able to tell by the looks of his performance today.
The last time a White Sox pitcher had a postseason shutout was Dickey Kerr in Game 3 of the 1919 World Series.