Tuesday 7th December 2021

Two years ago, Lucas Giolito posted the highest ERA in MLB among qualified pitchers. Now, he’s on top of the baseball world.

Giolito, the Chicago White Sox ace, threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday.

It’s the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history, and the first since Phil Humber’s perfect game in 2012. The 19 no-hitters are now the most by an American League franchise, breaking a tie with the Boston Red Sox; only the Los Angeles Dodgers (23) have thrown more.

Giolito struck out 13 Pirates on 101 pitches in the 4-0 win, and only allowed three fly-ball outs. His 13 punchouts are the most by any White Sox pitcher in a no-hitter, according to MLB Stats. Giolito got Pirates hitters to swing and miss 30 times, the second-most swing-and-misses in a no-hitter since 1988, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. His only blemish was a fourth-inning walk issued to Erik Gonzalez.

The closest Pittsburgh came to a hit was in the seventh, when Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu teamed up for a spectacular play to nab Bryan Reynolds at first base by a half-step.

For the Pirates, this is the 13th time they’ve been on the losing end of a no-hitter, and the first since 2015. It’s also the first time they’ve been no-hit by an American League team.

This was the fourth no-hitter thrown at Guaranteed Rate Field, which opened in 1991.