CHICAGO — Luke Voit didn’t like Lucas Giolito buzzing his head with a 95 mph fastball Friday night in the third inning after Voit homered off the White Sox right-hander in the first frame.
Saturday, Giolito fired back at Voit.
“Every once in a while I’m going to throw inside, back a guy off. That’s how I pitch. If you don’t like it, then that’s your problem. So, whether it be accidental or I’m going in for effect that’s how I pitch,’’ Giolito told reporters before the Yankees beat the White Sox 8-4 on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. “It’s going to happen. And I mean, that’s that.’’
Giolito, who improved to 10-1 with the 10-2 victory, said he was attempting to pitch Voit away.
“He didn’t like it. I get it. Whatever. But for me, it has no effect on my game plan or what I’m doing,’’ Giolito said.
Voit yelled at Giolito and motioned with his hand toward the pitcher. He was annoyed he had to duck in order to keep the pitch from rattling his teeth.
“I go deep on him and the next pitch . I don’t know how it didn’t hit me. It is so much BS,’’ Voit said after the game. “When it is in that area it’s not good. Up and in the first pitch after hitting a home run off him at my face. You tell me.’’
Not specifically talking about Voit, Giolito explained his pitching style.
“For me, I don’t care what a hitter is saying. I don’t care what his reaction is to a certain pitch I throw. For me, I get the ball back and I’m on to the next one. That’s personally how it is for me,’’ Giolito said. “And yeah, I would never ever throw at a guy’s head. That’s dangerous and uncalled for, but it’s a tough game. Every once in a while it slips out. That’s just part of it.’’
As for Voit’s comments, Giolito understood.
“That’s typical hitter upset about a ball being throwing near his head. I get it. It’s fine,’’ Giolito said.