Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito has thrown the first no-hitter of the 2020 MLB season.
Giolito completely dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates, striking out 13 batters and looking strong in an economical 101–pitch outing Tuesday night in Chicago.
The only baserunner Giolito allowed came on a fourth-inning walk to Erik Gonzalez.
The White Sox staked him to an early 4-0 lead, and the 26-year-old right-hander cruised to history.
"You can't do something like that without the whole team behind you. They were fantastic," Giolito said in a postgame TV interview. "I shook off (catcher) James (McCann) once all night. He deserves this just as much as I do … It was just a really, really cool moment."
His no-hitter is the first in MLB since Justin Verlander's no-no against the Toronto Blue Jays last September.
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It was the first no-hitter for the White Sox since Philip Humber threw a perfect game in 2012, but the franchise's 19th overall – second only to the Dodgers for the most in MLB history.
Giolito enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, going 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and striking out 228 batters. With the no-hitter, he improved to 3-2 this season and lowered his ERA to 3.09.
White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito was dominant against the Pirates on Tuesday night. (Photo: Quinn Harris, USA TODAY Sports)
Giolito said he began thinking about the chance to make history in the latter stages of the game.
"After the seventh, I had six more outs," he said. "Looking at who I was facing it became very, very possible. And we got it done."
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