Matt Marten / Associated Press
Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito completed the first no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season, allowing just one baseruner in a 4–0 win over guaranteed rate field over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
It is the first no-hitter for the White Sox since Philip Humber’s rightful play Seattle In 2012 and 19th in franchise history.
Gaillito’s final line on the night: no runs, no hits, a walk and 13 strikeouts – recorded in a White Sox no-hitter and tied Giolito’s career high.
He needed just 101 pitches.
“Oh my God, I can’t feel anything,” Giolito said, as he was watered during an on-field celebration.
The starter said he shook catcher James McCain only once during the entire game, but did not let himself think ahead of the possibility of notching a no-hitter after the seventh inning. Then it all entered. Instead of remaining silent and focused, he grabbed McCain, walked to his pitches and made sure the two were on the same page.
“Living with the same mental routine for every single pitch,” Giolito said of his focus. “This pitch here, full focus, full execution straight through goal. I spoiled that last one, but [Adam Engel] Gave me big time.
Number 27 had an 85 percent hit probability, per Statcast, And in turn scorched in Angle’s stretched glove in right field.
The 26-year-old used only three pitches the entire evening: he threw a four-seam fastball 47 times, one change he went to 38 times and a slider he used 16 times.
For Giolito, this is a career high point that began in 2012 after being drafted No. 16 overall. He suffered an elbow injury that required only Tommy John surgery, which he struggled with during the 2018 season in which he led the league. (90) and earned runs (118) and bounced back to become an All-Star in 2019.
For Chicago, it is an upcoming party after years of rebuilding. The club acquired Gelito with the Washington Nationals in a 2016 deal with Dan Dunning and Renaldo Lopez with the Washington Diet, who continue to pay dividends for both teams. The Sox worked with Guelito during their struggles and now to regain the rewards of being a Bona Fide ace.
Chicago is now 18–12 on the year (8–2 in its last ten games) and 1.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place in the American League Central.
With the way Giolito is empowered, this may not be possible before the rest of baseball appears in the standings at the White Sox.