Lucas Giolito no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. It was an absolute dominant performance by the ace of the Chicago White Sox.
The 26-year-old right-hander joined the likes of Mark Buehrle and Philip Humber as White Sox pitchers to throw a no-hitter. Humber’s was the most recent, coming against the Seattle Mariners in April of 2012.
Giolito and McCann were clicking on all cylinders as the righty struck out 13 Pirates while walking just one.
Left-hander Steven Brault took the ball for the Pirates and was overmatched not only by the Sox bats, but also by Lucas Giolito.
The White Sox offense got going early on. In the bottom of the second, Luis Robert reached on an infield single. James McCann followed with a hit-by-pitch. Danny Mendick drew a walk to load the bases. Adam Engel grounded out to the right side, scoring Robert to make it 1-0. Tim Anderson then singled to left to score McCann to double the lead to 2-0. Eloy Jimenez did the same, this time scoring Mendick to increase the lead to 3-0.
Another run came in the White Sox third. Edwin Encarnacion doubled to lead off the inning. Yoan Moncada walked. Robert singled but Encarnacion was thrown out at home for the first out. McCann picked up the run though with a sacrifice fly to plate Moncada. 4-0.
From there on out, it was all about Lucas Giolito. He got some help from Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu in the seventh inning. The Sox shortstop charged a ball and made a quick but low throw over to first that Abreu had to dig out of the dirt in order to keep the no-hit bid alive.
After that, the outs continued to pile up until the historic night culminated with this catch by Adam Engel to seal the deal: