Giolito throws White Sox’s first no hitter since 2012

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Major League Baseball season has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. With limited games during this shortened season — and more games being postponed due to the virus — it may have been slim pickens to see a no-hitter during the season.

However, this rarity happened on Tuesday night, as Lucas Giolito threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Chicago White Sox won the game 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito celebrates with catcher James McCann after closing out a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates
Lucas Giolito celebrates with catcher James McCann after closing out a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates (Photo by the Associated Press/Matt Marton)

This is Giolito’s first no-hitter in his career. It’s also the White Sox’s first no-hitter since April 2012 when Philip Humber threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners.

Giolito’s no-hitter was the 19th in team history. He also had 13 strikeouts in the game, which were the most during a no-hitter in team history.

“The defense was unbelievable,” Giolito said in a postgame TV interview. “Obviously, you can’t do something like that without the whole team behind you. I shook off [catcher] James [McCann] once tonight. He deserves this just as much as I do. It’s just a really, really cool moment.”

Giolito was so dominant in the game that he nearly had a perfect game. In order to throw a perfect game, a pitcher must not have a walk. 

He had just one walk in the game to Erik González. 

James McCann hit a sacrifice fly to left field to increase the White Sox’s lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Yoán Moncada was able to score on the play. 

Then, during the bottom of the second inning, Chicago scored three runs. Eloy Jiménez was able to knock in Danny Mendick to make the lead 3-0. 

Following a single to left center by Tim Anderson, the White Sox led 2-0 when McCann scored. Adam Engel helped the team take a lead when he grounded out. 

When Engel grounded out, Luis Robert scored on a 1-0. 

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