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White Sox pitcher and Harvard-Westlake product Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter against Pirates

Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Only a walk kept Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito from a perfect game.
(Matt Marton / Associated Press)

Lucas Giolito pitched the first no-hitter of the pandemic-delayed major league season, striking out 13 and permitting just one runner in leading the Chicago White Sox over the Pittsurgh Pirates 4-0 Tuesday night.

With the seats at Guaranteed Rate Field empty, the hollers of his teammates echoed around the ballpark after right fielder Adam Engel caught Erik Gonzalez’s slicing drive toward the line for the final out.

An All-Star last year, the 26-year-old Giolito (3-2) matched his career high for strikeouts set in his previous start against Detroit. Giolito was drafted out of Harvard-Westlake in Studio City by the Washington Nationals with the 16th pick in the 2012 MLB draft

Lucas Giolito was drafted by the Washington Nationals out of Harvard-Westlake in the 2012 MLB draft.
Lucas Giolito was drafted by the Washington Nationals out of Harvard-Westlake with the 16th pick in the 2012 MLB draft.
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Only a four-pitch walk to Gonzalez leading off the fourth inning got in Giolito’s way of perfection. The right-hander threw 101 pitches and made quick work of the Pirates — Pittsburgh came into the game batting just .229 this season and has the worst record in the majors.

Giolito pitched the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history and first since Philip Humber threw a perfect game at Seattle in 2012. This was the seventh time the Pirates have been held hitless, previously by Washington’s Max Scherzer in 2015.


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