“I’ve been working for this type of game for a while now and it’s really cool that we did it,” Giolito said.
Last year’s all-star, Giolito (3-2), 26, tied his career record for strikeouts in his previous start against Detroit.
Only a march of four lengths towards Gonzalez at the start of the fourth round allowed Giolito to improve. The right-hander threw 101 shots and did a quick job for the Pirates – Pittsburgh came into the game at just .229 this season and has the worst record in the majors.
The White Sox rushed to the mound after the final to celebrate Giolito’s first hitting-free career.
Giolito was fully aware in the final innings of what was at stake.
“After the seventh six more strikeouts, looking at who I was up against, became very, very, very possible,” he said, “and then we were able to do it.
Giolito said his approach never wavered.
“Stay with the same mental routine for every throw. One step at a time. Full focus, full execution, straight through the target, ”he said.
Giolito pitched the 19th scorer in White Sox history and the first since Philip Humber pitched a perfect match in Seattle in 2012. It was the seventh time the Pirates have been sidelined, previously by Washington. Max Scherzer in 2015.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson made a nifty play on a grounder by Bryan Reynolds in the middle to the seventh to preserve the gem. In the ninth, Gonzalez hit a liner that Engel, a fleet center defender for most of his career, caught on the run at knee height.
“Yeah man, I think I got that,” Gonzalez said. “With this fight, I was a little angry because I don’t want to be a part of history.
Giolito improved to 30-28 in his Big League career. He made his Washington debut in 2016, then was traded after that season to the White Sox in an outfielder package. Adam Eaton.
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