Lucas Giolito's Win Streak Ends At 9

Giolito allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in the White Sox's 7-3 loss to the Cubs.

Bruce Levine
June 19, 2019 - 11:55 pm
White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- After a sensational run, White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito saw his nine-game win streak come to an end in his team's 7-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.

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Staked to a 1-0 lead after Leury Garcia's leadoff homer, Giolito gave it all back in allowing Willson Contreras' grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. The White Sox would play from behind the rest of the evening and never overcame their deficit.

"I have to do a better job of competing," Giolito said. "I got a run to work within the first inning, then I give up four runs -- unacceptable in my book. I just wasn't competing to my best ability, didn't have my best stuff. That hasn't stopped me from competing in the past."  

Giolito entered the night having gone 8-0 with a 0.94 ERA in his past eight starts, but he ran into a buzzsaw in the first inning as Contreras homered to left field after Kyle Schwarber led off with a double and Giolito walked two.

"It was two-strike changeup," Giolito said about the grand slam he gave up to Contreras. "I just hung it and left it up in the zone a little bit. I have gotten away with that location before, but he caught it out in front. I need to get that pitch down."

Giolito went 4 1/3 innings and allowed six runs, all earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine. He hadn't suffered a loss since April 6. 

"I really don't worry about the stats," Giolito said about his win streak ending. "I can't worry about that stuff. For me, it's about taking the ball every five days, giving it my best effort and putting up as many zeroes as possible"

Giolito kept the big picture in mind after the loss, understanding he and his team have made progress this season and need to keep doing so. That's what manager Rick Renteria preaches.

"This has been a long process for me and the other guys on the team," Giolito said. "It goes back to the approach we have had since Ricky got here. He told us it will take some time to figure it out. He told us to be prepared to play good clean baseball every day. We have been on that path for a few years. Now we are experiencing big moments, including last night's Eloy home run (in a win Tuesday)."

Giolito told Renteria after the game that, "Frankly, I wasn't very good tonight." He entered the evening leading the American League with a 2.22 ERA but saw that mark rise to 2.74.

"I am happy with what I have done up until tonight," Giolito said. "Not every game you pitch is going to be the best. I wish I had competed better and kept us in the game. Yep, it was one of those rough ones."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.