Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito was pulled Monday after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in one-plus inning of work against the Boston Red Sox for the shortest outing of his career.
Enrique Hernandez kicked the first inning off with a solo home run and things went south from there for the Chicago ace. Boston registered six straight hits and Giolito didn't record an out until Hunter Renfroe, the seventh player to bat in the inning, hit an RBI ground ball.
Giolito threw 54 pitches (39 strikes) and No. 9 hitter Bobby Dalbec worked a 14-pitch walk before the lineup turned over in the first with one out at the time.
Prior to Monday's disastrous start, the shortest outing of Giolito's career was 1 1/3 innings, something he did three times in 2018.
Entering the day, the White Sox ace posted a 2.55 ERA and 0.79 WHIP with 26 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings in his first three starts. He'll look to rebound against the Texas Rangers this weekend.
Perhaps Giolito simply isn't a morning person, as the game began at 11:10 a.m. for Boston's annual early Patriots' Day start.