In an afternoon matinee, the Sox dropped the rubber match of a three-game series against the Twins. Lucas Gioltio took the ball for the Sox and had a phenomenal day on the mound.
In the first two innings, he punched out five of the six hitters he faced. Giolito continued through six innings giving up just one run. The sole run was due to Gavin Sheets, who stumbled in right field, turning what should have been a simple fly out from Ryan Jeffers into a leadoff triple.
Keynan Middleton took the ball out of the pen in the seventh for the Sox, and he continued to throw the ball great. Jake Diekman also threw 0.1 innings in relief after Middleton. Aaron Bummer came in and allowed two runs, and Gregory Santos recorded the final out in the eighth.
On offense, the bats were silenced once again by the Twins pitching staff. Sonny Gray had his way with Sox hitters all afternoon only allowing three hits through his five innings of work, striking out five hitters. The Sox continued letting too many opportunities go to waste, as they left seven runners stranded on base today, and went 0-for-4 with RISP. The only run for the Sox today came from Lenyn Sosa, who homered off of Jhoan Duran late in the ninth inning.
With the loss, the Sox fall to 5-8, and have not won a series yet this season.
W: Sonny Gray (2-0) | L: Lucas Giolito (0-1) | S: Jhoan Duran (3)
Lucas Giolito: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s
In his best outing of the season so far, Giolito tossed six strong innings, allowing five hits and seven strikeouts. He did all the club could ask for, but there was no back up from his defense or offense to secure a win.
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After an off day tomorrow, the Sox will return home on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field at 6:10 PM CT against the Baltimore Orioles. NBC Sports Chicago will have coverage as Mike Clevenger will take the ball for the Sox.
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