White Sox 5, Cubs 3: At long last, 10 wins

Seven-game skid comes to end despite highly flawed effort from Lucas Giolito

A bullet-point recap from a guy who was in Winston-Salem during the game and just caught up by watching the condensed version.

*The White Sox finally won their 10th game of the season, and in the process delayed the Cubs’ clinch of the Crosstown Cup.

*The Sox had to overcome yet another first-inning deficit, as severe wildness from Lucas Giolito put his team in a 2-0 hole. He put runners on the corners over the course of three batters with a walk, two wild pitches and another walk. Two batters later, he fell behind Javier Baez 3-0, and Baez pounced on a low fastball for a two-run single.

*Giolito issued three walks and soaked up two mound visits during the first inning alone.

*Somehow, he only ended up allowing one more run over the remainder of the afternoon, which somehow lasted 5 2/3 innings despite four more walks, a hit batter and two more wild pitches.

*The Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the fourth after Giolito started the inning with two walks and an RBI double by Ian Happ. He escaped the inning with no further damage thanks to a pair of grounders. The Sox cut down Addison Russell at the plate (the Sox’ second such play of the game), then turned a 4-6-3 double play.

*Giolito’s final line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP. He also picked up his second win of the season thanks to a persistent effort by the White Sox offense.

*Matt Davidson put the Sox on the board with a solo shot in the second inning to start the comeback.

*Yolmer Sanchez tied it up in the third, looping a two-out single to center to score Adam Engel, who went from first to third when Willson Contreras airmailed a pickoff throw.

*Nicky Delmonico then tied it up again in the sixth by driving a triple to the base of the wall in right center, and Davidson cashed him in with a sac fly (which also almost his second homer) to finally give the Sox the lead.

*Tim Anderson’s 12th walk of the season turned into an insurance run when he moved to second on Omar Narvaez’s bunt and scored on Leury Garcia’s pinch-hit single.

*The White Sox bullpen made it hold up, as Jace Fry (1 1/3 innings), Nate Jones and Bruce Rondon limited the Cubs to just a single over the rest of the game.

*The Sox made the most of a flawed effort by making plays on defense and going 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position, snapping a seven-game skid.

Record: 10-27 | Box score

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Patrick Nolan

Giolito man….what happened to you

Trooper Galactus

Oh, like YOU never issued seven walks in 5.2 innings.

Patrick Nolan

I can honestly say I never have.

The Wimperoo

Congrats on the fabulous Sox math prize from yesterday.

sausalito pale hose

Not to worried about the first month performance of Giu, Fullmer. Both have command issues especially in the first inning. I expect that in a series of starts those issues will be worked out. This is not out of the ordinary for young starters.


Lopez maybe. I’m not ready to give up on Gio but I don’t think I have ever seen this sort of dramatic skill regression in a non-injured young pitcher before. It is certainly out of the ordinary. As for Fulmer …. lol K


Yeah, I really want to see “Carson Fulmer, high octane bullpen guy” sooner rather than later.   I want to like him, not hate him.  

Trooper Galactus

With Lopez and Giolito, there were plenty of scouts who believed they had the physical makeup and overall stuff to stick as starters (though Lopez seemed to have his fair share of detractors due to his small-ish stature). With Fulmer, it seemed like virtually every scout thought he would never develop the consistency in his delivery to become a major league starter and that he was destined for the bullpen. It’s why I hold out hope for better results from Lopez and Giolito while I’ve largely written off Fulmer from future rotation plans, which might be unfair, but just seems to contribute to my overall negative outlook for him. Having personally witnessed a couple of his worst outings, that probably contributes as well.


And in trying to develop that consistency, Fuller is now a worse pitcher than he was in college. Should’ve just stuck him in the bullpen from the start. I have absolutely zero faith in him.

Trooper Galactus

Welp, at least Gio got his ERA back under 7. Now if he could just get his walk rate at least trending in the right direction…

Trooper Galactus

One bright side for this team: the speed has been as advertised. While it’s disconcerting to see the team dead last in the league in ERA and runs scored, they lead the league in stolen bases, are second in triples, and middle of the pack in caught stealing. If most of their speedsters could just get on base at better than a .300 clip they might be able to make better use of that asset.


They’re one third of the way to the classic Sox model of pitching, speed, and defense.

The Wimperoo

Off topic, but does anyone know what became of Willy Garcia after the Sox released him in March?

Reindeer Games

I dunno, but Alen Hanson was awesome for the Giants before he went down.