Lucas Giolito threw the first no-hitter of his career on Tuesday — and the first of the 2020 MLB season — in a 4-0 shutout of the Pirates.
The right-handed ace, 26, walked one batter and threw 101 pitches in the effort. He also struck out 13, giving him the first no-hitter in White Sox history with 10-plus strikeouts. His is the 19th no-hitter in club history.
Here's the moment Giolot sealed his name in MLB history. Also, nice defensive stop by rightfielder Adam Engel — who filled in for Nomar Mazara on Tuesday — to seal the deal with a shoestring catch at a strange angle.
Per baseball analyst Ryan Spaeder, Giolito's no-hitter is distinct in that no other pitcher can claim one with both more strikeouts and fewer pitches:
#WhiteSox Lucas Giolito:— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 26, 2020
No no-hitter has been recorded with both fewer pitches and more strikeouts.
Engel's catch wasn't the only impressive effort to preserve Giolito's no-hitter; shortstop Tim Anderson made a strong defensive play in the seventh, moving right to field a ground ball off the bat of Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds. His throw to first was low, but first baseman Jose Abreu managed to scoop it up to keep the no-hitter intact.
Twitter, of course, was quick to react to the history-making moment:
Lucas Giolito is a baaaaaad man.— Geoff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 26, 2020
He has no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates. And he's going to look awfully imposing in the first wild-card game if the White Sox do what they expect to and make the postseason.
There may be only 1,000 cardboard cutouts at Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter but 20 years from now every cardboard cutout in Chicago will say he was there.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 26, 2020
Lucas Giolito: 19th no-hitter in #WhiteSox history— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 26, 2020
The first no-hitter in White Sox history with 10+ strikeouts.
The first White Sox no-hitter since Philip Humber's April 21, 2012 perfect game.
Lucas Giolito No Hitter Baby!! Sox really cooking now! Where you at doubters?? #ReallyLoveThisGoSox— Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) August 26, 2020