White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito continued his hot stretch winning his seventh straight game.
Giolito has not taken a loss or allowed more than three runs in a start since the middle of April.
In this start the right hander struck out a career high 11 while pitching into the eight inning.
The White Sox beat The Royals 2-0 on Saturday.
“Giolito’s tough on everybody right now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He has changed his whole delivery over the last year and a half, two years. Now he’s shortened up his arm stroke and his changeup is dynamic. It’s a plus-plus changeup. He’s got great arm speed. His slider’s a plus slider. Anywhere from 93 to 96 (mph) with his fastball, with command. He’s just kind of come into his own and quite frankly has developed into one of the best pitchers in this league.”
In picking up his ninth win Giolito lowered his ERA to 2.28 on the season. Just a year ago he went 10-13 with a 6.13 ERA.
“I threw a lot of fastballs and sliders, because I’m usually fastball/changeup heavy,” Giolito said. “They had some righties in the lineup, so we waited until the fourth inning. We were able to keep them off-balance and get a lot of weak contact.”
On the season Giolito is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA in four starts against the Royals.