Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito strong as White Sox gain doubleheader split
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MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox came away from their doubleheader split Tuesday against the Twins with a ‘‘win-win’’ feeling after two good starts from their young starting pitchers.
Reynaldo Lopez allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings in a 4-2 loss in the opener, and Lucas Giolito — who has been fighting command issues — yielded two runs in six innings in a 6-3 victory in the nightcap. Both were acquired from the Nationals in the trade for outfielder Adam Eaton.
First came Lopez, who struck out four and walked four. The only hit he allowed was a double to Eduardo Escobar, who launched a go-ahead three-run home run against Nate Jones in the eighth.
Lopez was the first Sox starter to allow only one hit in seven innings or more since Jose Quintana did it last season against the Mariners.
‘‘You want to win; losses are never easy to digest,’’ Lopez said. ‘‘The wins are important as a team. As a pitcher, my job is to execute and give my team a chance to win games.’’
Giolito (4-6) wasn’t as dominant. He scattered six hits and struck out only one, but his two walks showed improved control.
‘‘I wasn’t commanding my offspeed stuff early, kind of throwing the ball over the plate letting them hit it,’’ Giolito said.
The Sox gave him a four-run lead before he took the mound. Two runs scored on Jose Abreu’s home run against Zach Littell, who was making his major-league debut.
‘‘These are two of our youngest guys who are evolving in different ways,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. ‘‘Lucas is really grinding his way back to where he was late last year, and [Lopez] is growing and refining and getting after it. Both are big pieces for us.’’
Sox draft five pitchers on Day 2
After taking two college hitters on the first day of the MLB Draft, the Sox selected five college pitchers in the third through 10th rounds on the second day.
The Sox chose Mississippi State left-hander Konnor Pilkington in the third round. Pilkington’s numbers as a junior — 4.61 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 30 walks in 91 2/3 innings — paled by comparison to those in his first two seasons. Scouting director Nick Hostetler drew a comparison to prospect Alec Hansen, who dropped to the second round in 2016 after a disappointing junior season but got back on track in the Sox’ system.
MLB Pipeline ranked Pilkington, who was taken 81st, as the 60th-best prospect in the draft.
‘‘We were very excited to have the opportunity to take him and add a premium starter like this in the third round,’’ Hostetler said.
The Sox selected Miami high school shortstop Lency Delgado in the fourth round before going back into the pitching pool for Indiana right-hander Jonathan Stiever and Wichita State right-hander Codi Heuer in the fifth and sixth. They chose left-handers Andrew Perez of South Florida and Bennett Sousa of Virginia in the ninth and 10th rounds.
This and that
Yoan Moncada hit his eighth homer leading off Game 1 and Jose Abreu his 10th in Game 2.
• Shortstop Tim Anderson, on wearing No. 42 in Game 1, a makeup of the game snowed out on Jackie Robinson Day on April 15: ‘‘Jackie Robinson paved the way for African-Americans. It’s an honor to throw on that jersey and play for him. It’s a special day.’’
• Prized outfield prospect Luis Robert (thumb) reported to Class A Kannapolis for his first action after extended spring training. He was 0-for-4 with a walk.