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Astros 4, White Sox 3: Robert Jr, Burger homers not enough

by Jordan Lazowski

The White Sox battled their way back into this game today. Unfortunately, three runs weren’t enough to win today’s contest.

The White Sox sent Lucas Giolito to the mound, and all it took was a rough first inning in which he allowed three runs to serve as the difference-maker in this ballgame. After the three runs and three hits he allowed in the first inning – all to the game’s first three hitters – he would allow just one run and one hit – a homer to Yainer Diaz – throughout the next five innings. This is the seventh straight game in which Giolito has gone six innings or more, and overall, it was a strong outing from him. Gregory Santos, Aaron Bummer, and Reynaldo Lopez combined to get the game’s last nine outs with scoreless outings, continuing to show improvement from the early-season struggles.

The offense continues to be guided by Luis Robert Jr, who homered in all three games against the Astros this series with his solo home run in today’s game. Jake Burger’s return from the IL today would bring his eighth homer of the season, but other than that, the White Sox offense was rather quiet once again today, with Tim Anderson and Andrew Benintendi the only other White Sox to add a hit in today’s effort.

After today’s loss, the White Sox have fallen to 14-28, and with each loss, the season sinks closer and closer to lost.

W: Hunter Brown (4-1) | L: Lucas Giolito (2-3) | S: Ryan Pressly (7)

StatCast Breakdown

Box Score

Offensive Recap:

Pitching Recap:

White Sox Scoring Recap:

  • Bottom 4th: Luis Robert Jr. homers (11) to left field. 4-1 White Sox.
  • Bottom 6th: Jake Burger homers (8) to left field. 4-3 White Sox.

Notable Performances

Lucas Giolito: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Giolito wasn’t sharp in all six of his innings, but overall, he did more than enough to keep the White Sox in a winning position in this one.

Luis Robert Jr: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, 2 K

Luis Robert Jr. is on some sort of heater this May, and he’s been the biggest part of the White Sox offense for two weeks now.

Jake Burger: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, 2 K

If the White Sox are going to find a way to salvage this season, they’re going to need Jake Burger to continue to provide the offensive power he has since his call-up in April.

Next Matchup

After an off day on Monday, the White Sox will welcome the Cleveland Guardians to town for a three-game series. Shane Bieber will go for the Guardians, and the White Sox starter has still yet to be announced.

The game will begin at 7:10 PM CT over on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Featured Image: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

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