White Sox Ace Lucas Giolito threw a no-hitter yesterday, allowing only one runner on base. Giolito did not allow a single hit to the Pittsburgh Pirates, facing 28 batters and throwing only 101 pitches. The final out came on a spectacular catch from right fielder Adam Engel on a sharp line drive. Several excellent plays from shortstop Tim Anderson and first baseman José Abreu also kept the no-hit bid alive. Giolito made it look easy, striking out 13 on his way to a 4-0 shutout. The only baserunner allowed came on a walk in the 4th.
This is the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history and the team’s first since Philip Humber’s 2012 perfect game. It is also the first no-hitter of the 2020 season. The last no-hitter thrown came last September when Astro’s ace Justin Verlander dominated the Blue Jays. It is the 304th no-hitter in history and moves the White Sox into the second spot in terms of no-hitters by team. Previously they were tied with the Red Sox and now trail the Dodgers who have 26 in their history.
Giolito is only 26 years old. He was drafted 16th overall by the Washington Nationals in 2012 and was traded to the White Sox as part of a package for outfielder Adam Eaton in 2016.
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