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White Sox quick takes: Lucas Giolito does his job in important win

White Sox quick takes: Lucas Giolito does his job in important win

In what may have been his most important start in a White Sox uniform, Lucas Giolito delivered a gem.

A day after fellow starter Carlos Rodón said "it's time for us to do our job,” Giolito did exactly that, pitching six scoreless innings against the Indians Wednesday. That was enough for the White Sox to end a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win against the Indians at Progressive Field.

"It was a must-win game for us," Giolito said, adding that he embraced the opportunity to pitch in such an important game. 

The changeup was particularly devastating Wednesday night in Cleveland and it’s a pitch Giolito usually unleashes on the Indians. In fact, Giolito has held the Indians scoreless in three straight starts going back to 2019. That includes 20.2 innings of work.

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Beyond the obvious need for a victory, the White Sox badly needed to see this type of outing from their ace, who allowed seven earned runs on Opening Day against the Twins. A starting rotation that struggled the first time around can now breathe a little easier.

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Finally, a clutch hit

After leaving 16 runners on base in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Indians, the White Sox again had trouble getting a clutch hit Wednesday night. Indians starter Zach Plesac had really good stuff, but the White Sox wasted a golden opportunity in the third inning with two runners in scoring position when Yoán Moncada popped out to third on the first pitch.

The White Sox also got a leadoff double from Adam Engel in the sixth, but Tim Anderson, Moncada and Jose Abreu failed to get him in.

It was one of those games in which the opposing starter deserves the credit, but the White Sox nearly wasted a great outing from Giolito before pulling out the win in the ninth. Even in the ninth, it was a struggle as the first two runs came via sacrifice flies by Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jiménez, before Luis Robert delivered a huge two-run single. 

Robert now has at least one hit in each of his first six Major League Baseball games, doing nothing to slow down the Rookie of the Year hype. 

Taxi delivery

General manager Rick Hahn had to access the traveling taxi squad for the first time Wednesday, promoting pitcher Matt Foster to the 30-man roster after rookie Jimmy Lambert was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain.

Foster is a great story as he is a former 20th round draft pick in 2016 who has grinded his way up the Major Leagues. And since Wednesday was the night of the changeup, it’s notable that that is the pitch that got Foster here.

“When I first got drafted, I didn’t throw it a lot,” Foster said. “Over the last couple of seasons, I’ve really developed it. I’ve used it as an out pitch sometimes. The slider the last couple of years has kind of been on and off, but the changeup has gotten progressively better.”

With strict COVID-19 restrictions in place, teams are permitted to travel three extra players on the road in case transactions need to be made. That allows those players to be cleared and ready to play instead of having to go through days’ worth of testing to get cleared. Foster and catcher Yermin Mercedes were the only two taxi squad players who made the trip to Cleveland.

 

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Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

A scary scene unfolded during the 4th inning of Monday’s series opener between the White Sox and Tigers.

C.J. Cron needed to be helped off the field after he got hit by a sharp ground ball while fielding at first base.

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Cron lay on the ground for several minutes after the play and limped off the field with the help of Tigers staff.

Amazingly, pitcher Daniel Norris was able to corral the ball and tag out Danny Mendick to end the inning.

Cron has been one of the Tigers’ best power hitters, tied for the team league with four home runs.


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White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

Of all the White Sox players this season, the spotlight has shined brightest on Luis Robert, but he says that’s not the reason for his recent five-game slump. In fact, Robert doesn’t even see himself as a new face of the franchise, despite all the hype surrounding his MLB debut and hot start to the season.

“I honestly don’t feel that way,” Robert said via team interpreter Billy Russo. “I just think that I’m the new guy.”

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It’s clear the pressure didn’t affect Robert earlier in the year as he notched at least one hit in his first six games, and racked up 14 hits through 10 games. As the impressive performances at the plate mounted, so did the buzz around the young centerfielder. But Robert insists he doesn’t think about it, even though he’s slashing a lowly .158/.200/.211 over his last five games, and out of the lineup for the first time in his career on Monday.

“I know everyone’s trying to talk about me, about my option for Rookie of the Year and that kind of stuff,” Robert said via Russo. “But for me I just feel like another guy for this team. I don’t feel that pressure, that attention. I know that it’s there, but I don’t think about that.”

So is this mini-slump due to an adjustment in the way pitchers are approaching Robert at the plate? Again, Robert says no.

“Pitchers have been attacking me the same way since the season started. I didn’t have good results the last few days, but I just have to keep working. There’s nothing different that they have done against me. It’s just a matter of results.”

Robert has shown a remarkable ability to adjust to a pitcher’s approach mid-game. Now it’s time to see how he adjusts to a little major league adversity.


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