Lucas Giolito technically had a complete game in his last start, but it was a five-inning rain-shortened complete game.
Giolito himself said he didn’t count that as a complete game.
“I don't consider it a complete game until I get nine,” said after the May 18 win against the Blue Jays.
Giolito got his nine Thursday in Houston. The 24-year-old right-hander went the distance and shutout the Astros.
In a postgame interview on NBC Sports Chicago with broadcasters Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Giolito laughed when talking about the five-inning complete game. He said he had a couple seven-inning complete games in the minor leagues, but had never gone this deep into a game in his professional career.
“Never got to the ninth inning in my career so it’s a special moment for me,” Giolito said.
When Yuli Gurriel popped out to third base for the last out of the game, Giolito immediately started emphatically clapping his hand into his glove with excitement. He then gave catcher James McCann a high five and a hug.
He limited the Astros to four hits and one walk and used 107 pitches for the complete game. Giolito added nine strikeouts.
Entering the ninth inning, Giolito said there was no discussion from manager Rick Renteria or anyone else about having the bullpen close out the 4-0 win.
“I knew my pitch count was low enough to go out there so there was no need to talk about it,” Giolito said.
This is the third time the Astros, which are tied for the MLB lead in wins at 33, have been shutout this season. They hadn’t been shutout in Houston since Sept. 19 of last season.
Entering Thursday, the Astros led all of baseball in team batting average, on-base percentage and OPS so there’s nothing cheap about this Giolito performance.
“I just felt good today,” Giolito said. “I had a lot of first-pitch strikes. I kept it efficient. I was taking a look at the pitch counts around the seventh and I was like ‘OK, I think if we stay on the same page I think we’re going to get this.’”
Immediately after he said that he got the postgame ice bucket shower from Jose Rondon.
Giolito has been on a heck of a run lately and his season ERA dropped below 3 with this outing. He now has a 2.77 ERA on the season, which is 15th best in baseball.
Lucas Giolito: first career CG SHUTOUT.— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 24, 2019
2nd consecutive CG (the only two White Sox complete games under Renteria).
First #WhiteSox pitcher with consecutive complete games since Chris Sale in May 2016
First White Sox complete game shutout since Sale 4/15/16
Lucas Giolito tonight:— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 24, 2019
- Hands Astros their first home shutout loss this season
- Snaps their 19-game streak with at least one home run#WhiteSox
Lucas Giolito last 6 starts:— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 24, 2019
1.25 ERA, 36.0 IP*, 21 Hits, 10 BB, 41 K, 0.861 WHIP#WhiteSox
*left one game early due to injury, one start was rain-shortened
#WhiteSox shutout wins at Minute Maid Park— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 24, 2019
Tonight - Lucas Giolito complete game 4-0 shutout
May 31, 2015 - John Danks complete game 6-0 shutout
October 26, 2005 - 1-0 win in Game 4 to clinch 2005 World Series