Minnesota Twins postgame report: Lucas Giolito shuts down Twins to take series

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 21: Lucas Giolito #27 and James McCann #33 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Giolito pitched a complete game against the Minnesota Twins on August 21, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 21: Lucas Giolito #27 and James McCann #33 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Giolito pitched a complete game against the Minnesota Twins on August 21, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 21: Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of the game on August 21, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 21: Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of the game on August 21, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Jake Odorizzi has an ineffective afternoon

After a brutal month of July, Jake Odorizzi was showing signs of getting back to his old form prior to Wednesday’s start. In the month of August, the right-hander had put together a solid 2.08 ERA in three starts, but was falling under the inefficient, but effective category only throwing 17 1/3 innings in those appearances.

On Wednesday, Odorizzi was lacking efficiency again, but he was also ineffective. The White Sox would jump on Odorizzi early with a pair of runs in the first inning off RBI singles from Abreu and Matt Skole. After allowing another RBI single to Abreu in the top of the third, the White Sox first baseman would score on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth inning which ended Odorizzi’s day.

It would take Odorizzi 104 pitches to get through five innings and his final line of five innings, four runs (three earned), eight hits, a walk, and six strikeouts isn’t something that’s going to give Twins fans confidence down the stretch.

With the Twins banking on Odorizzi to be more like he was in the first half of the season by not adding a pitcher at the deadline, it’s almost time to panic if the pitching staff can’t collectively pull itself together.

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