Thursday night at Minute Maid Park, Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito turned in the best outing of his big-league career. Giolito held an Astros club with the highest batting average (.278), highest on-base percentage (.352), and second highest slugging percentage (.499) in baseball to four singles, one walk, and one hit-by-pitch in the shutout. He struck out nine.
"He was really good. Hats off to him for coming in and throwing all his pitches for strikes," Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters, including MLB.com's Alyson Footer, following the game. "He's changed his delivery or his arm action a little bit, which got him in the strike zone. He generated a ton of swing and misses, soft contact. We got four hits. He came in and really commanded the game from the very beginning."
By Game Score, Thursday's outing was easily the best start of Giolito's career. In fact, three of his four best starts have come this month.