If you were like me worried about Lucas Giolito's fastball after his first start against the Chicago Cubs, then yesterday served as a bit of a reprieve for those fears. Even though the Los Angeles Angels lineup didn't have the world's best baseball player in Mike Trout, Giolito was terrific in his three innings pitched. Allowing only one hit while striking out three and walking none.
As you can see in the video highlights above, Giolito's location of his fastball was key in getting his first two strikeouts. According to scouts at Camelback Ranch, Giolito's fastball sat at 93-94 mph all game (compared to his first start where it varied between 90-93 mph). That's not exactly the high velocity we heard about when he first came onto the scene, but Giolito was successful sequencing the fastball with his plus curveball.
The game also served a rare moment of sorts in the eighth inning.
Peter Bourjos hit his second triple of the spring that became a little league home run thanks to a poor throw by Angels center fielder, Michael Hermosillo. The very next hitter, shortstop Eddy Alvarez hit an inside-the-park home run.
Reynaldo Lopez makes his second start
The White Sox are in Scottsdale today to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here is today's lineup:
On the hill will be Reynaldo Lopez, who struggled in his first start. Pitching only 1.1 IP, he allowed five earned runs on four hits while walking one and striking out none. Hopefully, the fireballer has a similar bounce back in his second start as Giolito did.
The World Baseball Classic begins Monday
Tomorrow, Israel and South Korea start the World Baseball Classic in Seoul. First pitch is 3:30 am CT on MLB Network and MLB.TV. With the tournament beginning, that means several Sox players will depart from camp.
Jose Quintana and Miguel Gonzalez made their second turns Friday in a sim game. Both leave for the WBC tomorrow.— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) March 5, 2017
Steamed Hams go for the Gold
Jim Margalus, 2022 Winter Olympian. Better start believing.