White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito exits game with tight hamstring




All the White Sox need to do is stay healthy in September.

They were having a hard time of it on the last day of August.

On the same day All-Star right-hander Lance Lynn landed on the injured list to rest a sore knee and shortstop Tim Anderson was given yet another day to rest his sore legs, right-hander Lucas Giolito tweaked his left hamstring while fielding a pitch in front of the mound in the Sox’ game against the Pirates Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. Giolito left with hamstring tightness, the Sox announced and will be reevaluated Wednesday.

It took a pair of visits from trainer John Kruk, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Ethan Katz before Giolito exited the game with one out in the fifth inning and the Sox leading 2-0. By the time the inning — completed by Ryan Tepera — was over, the Pirates had tied the score.

More significantly, Giolito was on his way to the trainer’s room, his night finished after 4 1/3 innings of work, charged with two runs on three hits and four walks. Of his 86 pitches (50 strikes) two were wild pitches.

After pitching four innings of shutout ball, Giolito walked Hoy Park leading off the fifth. After a wild pitch, Giolito moved toward the plate to field Ben Gamel’s tapper and seemed to slip slightly before throwing to first.

Giolito insisted he was fine, but after the first visit at the mound and one warmup toss, he threw a wild pitch scoring the Pirates’ first run and another pitch under Wilmer Difo’s chin for a ball. On the second visit from Kruk and company, Giolito took one warmup toss, winced and called it a game.

With that, Tepera entered and completed a walk to Difo, which was charged to Giolito. Colin Moran singled to score the tying run.

Giolito pitched out of a runner-on-third with no outs jam in the first, getting Difo and Bryan Reynolds to pop out before getting Moran on a sharp ground ball to third baseman Yoan Moncada. Facing the team he no-hit on Aug. 25 of last season, Giolito struck out five in the second and third innings before retiring the side in order in the fourth.

The Sox lead 2-0 on home runs by Yasmani Grandal leading off the second and Jose Abreu in the third. Both were opposite field pokes, and for Grandal it was his fourth in four games since coming off the injured list.







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