Tuesday, June 28 2022

Rockies 13, Sox 4

Giolito’s latest tune-up isn’t great

Lucas Giolito, who is expected to start Friday’s season opener at Detroit, allowed five runs (four earned), seven hits and three walks. He needed over 90 pitches to go 4⅔ innings.

It was the first time Giolito, who allowed four runs in the second inning, scored this spring.

“I wish I had commanded my fastball a little better,” said Giolito, who had four strikeouts.

On a positive note, Giolito likes the way his curveball has played this spring.

“Much better now than ever before,” he said. “And when I gave up the punches and fell behind, I knew what I was doing wrong.”

Giolito has started the Sox’s last two openers. He would go Friday on the normal four days off.

Lopez also not great

Reynaldo Lopezwho will be counted on to absorb some of the wounded by Lance Lynn innings, gave up five runs in 2⅔ innings, walking two, allowing five hits and striking out one. left handed Anderson Severino, who can touch 100 mph and is battling for a spot in the bullpen, also struggled. Severino struck out two batters in the ninth but allowed three runs and four hits.

Double trouble

Jose Abreu doubled twice, Eloy Jimenez (.323, nine RBIs) had two hits, including a two-run double, and Yasmani Grandal and Tim Anderson (.406) also doubled as manager Tony La Russa sketched in what could be an opening day range.

Anderson was charged with a field error, and Yoan Moncada makes a throwing error.

On the bridge

Sox at Cubs, Mesa, 3:05 p.m., marquee, Vince Velazquez vs. Drew Smyly. Velasquez is scheduled for three innings. Kendall Graveman, ryan burer, Jose Ruiz and left-handed Bennett Sousa are also scheduled.

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