Lucas Giolito sets new White Sox record by striking out eight straight Royals


Lucas Giolito's transformation from the pitcher with the worst numbers in baseball to an All Star and the ace of the White Sox staff hit a new accomplishment Thursday.

Giolito set a new franchise record by striking out eight straight Kansas City Royals hitters in the third, fourth and fifth innings of Thursday's game.

Giolito surrendered a run in each of the first two innings, but he locked into cruise control after that, striking out all six hitters he faced in the third and fourth and striking out the first two batters to come to the plate in the fifth, his strikeout streak ending when the Royals' No. 9 hitter, Nicky Lopez, grounded out to end the inning. Had Giolito fanned Lopez, too, he would have struck out the Royals' lineup in order.

Instead, he settled for a new club record, passing the feat of seven straight strikeouts shared by Carlos Rodon (2016) and Joe Cowley (1986).

Giolito came within two of the major league record of 10 straight strikeouts, accomplished by Tom Seaver in 1970, and one of the American League record of nine straight strikeouts, accomplished by Doug Fister in 2012.

Giolito is striking out batters at a clip rarely seen in White Sox history. As of this writing, he ranked seventh in single-season strikeouts, trailing the 2015 and 2016 seasons of Chris Sale and the 1908, 1910, 1911 and 1912 campaigns of Ed Walsh.

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