Twins 12, White Sox 4: Lucas Giolito’s season unsatisfying to the end

Twins 12, White Sox 4: Lucas Giolito’s season unsatisfying to the end

While Reynaldo Lopez ended his first full season in the big leagues with a decent outing that capped off a fine finish, Lucas Giolito is going to have to start over.

Admittedly, I missed Giolito’s start because Colson Whitehead was in town and that seemed like a better use of half of the evening. By the time I tuned in, The White Sox trailed 10-0, although Kevan Smith made it 10-1 immediately with a fourth-inning solo shot.

Giolito lasted only 1⅓ innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and four walks. He threw just 25 pitches of 56 pitches for strikes, and two of the balls were wild pitches.

He could’ve gotten out of the first with no damage after fielding a comebacker to freeze runners on second and third for the second out, but a two-run double by Mitch Garver and an RBI single by Max Kepler put Minnesota up 3-0.

Giolito only retired one more batter on the night. He walked the first four batters of the second inning, with Grossman delivering two more runs with a single that chased Giolito from the game. Hector Santiago replaced him and gave up an RBI double to Garver that put the Twins up 7-0, and that’s all they needed.

Giolito already owned the league’s worst ERA among qualifying starters entering the evening, and now he’ll suffer the indignity of it being over 6.00 (6.13). At least the Sox didn’t burn his last option.

Was there any good news? Well, Jose Rondon hit his sixth homer, and Yolmer Sanchez hit his 10th triple after being stuck on nine since July 3, courtesy of a Jake Cave misplay. Yoan Moncada almost had a fine night at the plate, but was run up on a slider below the zone for strike three to end the game. That was Moncada’s 215th strikeout of the year, making it unlikely that he’ll tie the record of 223 with just two games remaining.

Bullet points:

*Santiago did the heavy lifting, allowing four runs on 10 baserunners over 4⅔ innings, but striking out seven to mitigate some of the damage. He threw 97 pitches out of the bullpen.

*Moncada committed his 20th error of the season on an Ehire Adrianza grounder in the fourth, but it led to no damage.

*The Twins actually struck out more than the Sox, 10-7, but Chase De Jong picked up his first career win, so hey.

Record: 62-98 | Box score

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moncada5ever
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moncada5ever

End of season 2 of the rebuild. The light at the end of the tunnel is moving further away. It’s a lot like flying East during sunset 

ImmortalTimeTravelMan
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ImmortalTimeTravelMan

All of these 2020 compete predictions were insane to begin with, even if players like Moncada and Gio had played better. It also doesn’t help to draft busts (Collins) or prospect delaying injuries (Buger and Kopech). We will be lucky to be competing by 2022….

moncada5ever
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moncada5ever

The Sox inability to develop and draft well is very disappointing to say the least, there is no easy solution to try to get the rebuild on a better footing and the Sox don’t have the ability to buy their way out of their problems. Time to just hope for incredible future prospect success and some pleasant surprises. 

ImmortalTimeTravelMan
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ImmortalTimeTravelMan

Just need 2 more K’s for that MLB record!

PopeDonnPall
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PopeDonnPall

8 away I believe. Sox protected him w 3 rest days last couple week and burying him in lineup back to back days against Kluber and co. Needs 4 more to move into 3rd place. I think he’ll safely avoid the record or passing Dunn.

Right Size Wrong Shape
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Right Size Wrong Shape

I think he’s referring to the team record.

ImmortalTimeTravelMan
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ImmortalTimeTravelMan

2 for the team record, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Yoan’s stellar contribution!

asinwreck
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asinwreck

Giolito did stellar work securing draft position. I would rather reread Whitehead’s Underground Railroad that watch this game.

tommytwonines
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tommytwonines

OMG my thoughts exactly!

polishwith
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polishwith

“Unsatisfying” is being way too nice.

roke1960
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roke1960

This winter is absolutely key to the rebuild. They must start being serious now. Hahn has to be a big player in free agency, because we need some established stars on this team. Machado (or Harper) must be signed. To wait another year is foolish- you need to start laying the foundation of a future championship team now. Again, I will go back to the Cubs who, coming off a 95-loss season, signed Lester and Fowler, and traded for Montero to go with their young players coming up. This sent a message to the players and fans that they were serious about winning. But I’m not sure Hahn will do that. I hope he proves me wrong. If not, this rebuild is sunk.

oljeto
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oljeto

Phils are going after BOTH Machado and Harper.  That’s what a real FO looks like.
Rondon is the best middle infielder we have–offensively and defensively.  Quit trying to justify a bad trade and play the best players.

lil jimmy
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lil jimmy

The Phillies have lost 82 so far. Following years of 96, 91, 99, 89,89.
So maybe try another team to emulate.

ImmortalTimeTravelMan
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ImmortalTimeTravelMan

We aren’t getting Machado or Harper. I don’t think that was ever a serious consideration. That being said, I think an upgrade at third base (from what we have) is doable. Escobar or even seeing what Moose would cost is at least realistic. I like Yolmer as a clubhouse guy, but he’s a utility guy and not an everyday player.

roke1960
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roke1960

There is no reason to repeat what they did a few years ago when they tried Band-Aid fixes like Melky and LaRoche. Getting Moustakas does not significantly improve the team. They have to think big. They must go after Machado hard.

roke1960
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roke1960

To say they won’t get Machado or Harper because Jerry has never given out that big a contract doesn’t take into account several factors. 1. They have never had so little money committed to contracts- he could pay Machado $40 million next year and still have a payroll under $100 million. 2. Jerry has spent big before. He gave Albert Belle what was the largest contract in baseball at the time- $55 million in 1998. 3. They spent big on Luis Robert. 4. Jerry is 82 years old and wants another championship. 5. They have a stated interest in Machado dating back to last offseason. That being said, will they shell out the big money? Only Jerry knows for sure.

5742mail
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5742mail

One of the first things needed,is a new hitting coach. How can you win with nobody in your line-up hitting 280 and only 2 hitting over 260. There is nice talent in the minors at most positions except maybe 3rd base. lets start 2019 with Rodon,Cease,Lopez,Giolito?Jordan Guerrero?Covey?. Young arms in the bullpen Hamilton,Ruiz,Burr,Frare,Bummer,Minaya. These arms can make it exciting. With all the so called speed on the team why aren’t there more stolen bases? Sorry Ricky 28th three seasons of ninety loses I would not pref to see four. So now it’s time for basketball, were we can say,”one owner two suck”(Bulls & Soxs). Thanks Jerry.

MikeAndrews2
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MikeAndrews2

Yes, those arms will certainly make it exciting, like smoking while handling dynamite. There will be unbearable pressure on Cease and Eloy to perform in 2019 and for Lopez to continue his improvement. But make no mistake about it, the Sox knowingly put a minor league team on the field in 2018 and should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.