Giolito Tosses Season’s First No-Hitter
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito threw a no-hitter on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Giolito allowed just one walk while striking out 13 batters, and he needed just 101 pitches to complete the masterpiece.
This was the first career no-hitter for the 26-year-old, and it was the first no-hitter during the shortened 60-game season. Unfortunately, no fans were in attendance at Guaranteed Rate Field, but his performance will still go down in history. The previous lowest attendance to witness a no-hitter was 500 fans, set back in 1884.
Giolito had 30 swings-and-misses during the game on Tuesday night, which was the second-highest mark during a no-hitter since 1988. This was the 19th no-hitter in Chicago White Sox team history, which puts them just behind the Los Angeles Angels for the most all-time.
Shortstop Tim Anderson and first baseman Jose Abreu combined on a spectacular play in the seventh inning to keep Bryan Reynolds from spoiling the no-hit bid. The final out was a line drive to rightfielder Adam Engel on a ball that had an 85 percent chance of being a hit.
The White Sox swarmed their pitcher on the mound after the final out was recorded, but the celebration was a bit subdued due to the current restrictions. Water was poured on Giolito by his teammates during an on-field interview after the game.
Remarkable Turnaround For Giolito
The no-hitter capped off an incredible turnaround for Giolito, one that not many outside of the White Sox organization saw coming. Just two seasons ago, Giolito finished with an earned run average of 6.13, which was the worst among qualified starters.
Giolito entered the 2019 season as a new pitcher and was named to the American League All-Star team for his efforts. Now, Giolito is emerging as one of the top pitchers in baseball, and he is pitching for a team that is in the playoff race.
The game score recorded by Giolito was 99 on Tuesday night, which was the highest by any White Sox pitcher since 1974. Wilbur Wood also recorded a game score of 99 that year in an 11-inning shutout over the Detroit Tigers.
Indians Bring Back Clevinger
Mike Clevinger was set to make his return to the Cleveland Indians rotation on Wednesday night, taking on the Minnesota Twins. Clevinger, along with Zach Plesac, were both demoted earlier in the month for breaking COVID-19 protocols when playing in Chicago.
Clevinger has not pitched for the Indians since Aug. 5, and he will be making his return against the best team in the American League Central Division. Both pitchers that were demoted left the team hotel while in Chicago, and initially tried to cover up their actions.
Interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. announced that both pitchers have shown remorse for their actions, and the team is willing to give both players another chance. Unlike Clevinger, Plesac will remain at the alternate site while waiting for a rotation spot to open up.