Lucas Giolito struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed two runs over six innings, but he was still saddled with the loss as the Chicago White Sox fell to the Oakland A’s on Sunday afternoon.
Matt Olson hit a two run home run in the fourth inning off of Giolito, and that’s all the offense the A’s needed as they took two-of-three from the South Siders in the weekend series.
Former White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt matched Giolito pitch-for-pitch, striking out seven batters and scattering four hits over seven innings of work.
Eloy Jiménez got on base twice with a walk and a single, but the White Sox couldn’t generate any offensive momentum in the series finale.
Jimmy Cordero, Jace Fry, and Kelvin Herrera combined for three innings of scoreless relief.
The White Sox had a few opportunities early in the game to score runs, but left runners stranded in scoring position in the first and fourth innings. Tim Anderson hit a double in the first but was left on second base, and after Jiménez singled in the fourth inning to move José Abreu to second base, Matt Skole struck out swinging and Yolmer Sánchez struck out looking to end the threat.
The bad luck continued in the fifth inning after Ryan Goins walked to lead off the inning. The infielder was thrown out at second base on a fielder’s choice, and then Adam Engel was doubled off first after Jon Jay ripped a line drive right to Olson at first base.
From there, the White Sox only managed one more baserunner, and dropped their record to 52-64 on the season.
The White Sox will continue their homestand on Monday night when they welcome the Houston Astros to Guaranteed Rate Field. Dylan Cease will square off with Zack Greinke, with first pitch scheduled at 7:10 p.m.