White Sox second ranked prospect pitches no-hitter against former team for Triple-A Charlotte. Another top prospect has solid outing for Double-A Birmingham.
Chicago White Sox second ranked prospect Lucas Giolito had his best outing of his professional career on Wednesday. Giolito, pitching in the first game of a doubleheader for Triple-A Charlotte threw a seven inning no-hitter for the Knights.
Charlotte would defeat the Syracuse Chiefs 4-0 in game one of a doubleheader at BB&T Ballpark. Ironically, Giolito pitched the no-hitter against his former team in the Chiefs. The Chiefs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and Giolito started seven games for Syracuse last season.
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Giolito was aided by home runs from Nicky Delmonico, Danny Hayes and Adam Engel on Wednesday. The 22-year-old threw 87 pitches with 50 of them being strikes for the Knights on Wednesday. With the win, Giolito improved to 2-5 on the season and lowered his ERA to 5.45. Giolito recorded three strikeouts and three walks while pitching the no-hitter. Although the Knights won its first game of a doubleheader, they would lose the second contest to the Chiefs 8-4. The Knights record is 23-22 after Thursday’s games.
While Giolito tossed a no-hitter for the Knights, another Sox prospect had a solid outing of his own although he didn’t get a win. Michael Kopech, the Sox third ranked prospect pitched well for Double-A Birmingham on Thursday. Kopech pitched five innings and gave up just one earned run on four hits. The 21-year-old recorded six strikeouts and allowed four walks on the road against the Mobile BayBears. The Barons however would lose to Mobile 5-2. Birmingham’s record is 15-31.
Charlotte was the only Sox affiliate to win on Thursday as Winston-Salem and Kannapolis also lost their respective games. The Dash lost on the road 11-4 to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Winston-Salem’s record is now 14-34 this season. Kannapolis was defeated by the Greensboro Grasshopper 9-8. The Intimidators record is now 24-21.
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