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Giolit-NO: South Side ace throws Sox 19th no-hitter

Sox Reporter
NBC Sports Chicago

It doesn't get more "elite" than that for Lucas G-Elite-O.

Giolito carved out his own place in White Sox history Tuesday night, throwing a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, the 19th time a White Sox pitcher has no-hit an opponent. Only a fourth-inning walk kept him from perfection.

Giolito joined Mark Buehrle and Philip Humber as the only White Sox pitchers to throw no-hitters this century. Prior to Tuesday, Humber's was the most recent; he threw a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012. Giolito joined Buehrle as the only White Sox pitchers to throw a no-hitter on the South Side in the last 50 years.

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Giolito was masterful Tuesday, completely dominant and incredibly efficient. He struck out 13 Pirates hitters, matching a new career high, the same thing he did in his last start against the Detroit Tigers. But he worked quickly, using just 101 pitches to record 27 outs in nine innings. He faced just one over the minimum, walking the leadoff man in the fourth inning. No Pirate reached base after that.

The accomplishment adds to Giolito's remarkable ascent to ace status in the South Side starting rotation. Two years ago, he was the starting pitcher with the worst statistics in baseball. Last year he was an All Star. Now he's got a no-hitter on his resume. He's made his way to being one of the best pitchers in the American League.

"He is that guy. I really don't need anymore convincing," manager Rick Renteria said of his ace on Opening Day. "I hope that my sense of who he is and what he's capable of doing starts to become something that's very common in everybody's mind's eye when they see him go out and they expect those types of performances consistently.

"I think that he bridged a gap in his performances last year. Everybody saw the growth. ... In terms of having all the ingredients necessary to be that guy, they're there."

Tuesday's no-hitter didn't feature the kind of miraculous defensive play that Dewayne Wise made in preserving Buehrle's perfect game in 2009. But first baseman José Abreu made a couple of terrific plays at first base fielding throws from shortstop Tim Anderson. In the sixth inning, Abreu snagged a wide throw by Anderson and made the tag on the runner coming down the first-base line. An inning later, Anderson made a nice play ranging to his right, and Abreu made a sensational scoop to get the out at first.

Everything continues to come up White Sox at the moment. They've won eight of their last nine games after Abreu led a thunderous series win over the Crosstwon-rival Cubs. And now Giolito has done this. Not a bad way to close out the first half of the 2020 season, the year the White Sox are making their climb out of rebuilding mode and into contending mode.

 

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