Lucas Giolito’s signature moment of 2020 with the Chicago White Sox is obvious.
The Chicago White Sox were a team loaded with fun moments in 2020. They were a playoff team for the first time since 2008 and it was very exciting to be a part of all season long. It is hard to pick out the team’s signature moment but there is one that sticks out slightly above the rest. Lucas Giolito threw the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history against the Pittsburgh Pirates back in August. It was an amazing moment for him and his teammates.
The White Sox were in the middle of a really good run when Giolito did this and it just changed the way the season felt as a whole. He put the team on his back and earned them the most thrilling victory of the season. From that point on, it felt like the White Sox were destined to end their long playoff drought. It had been a long time since the White Sox were really competitive but things were different and Giolito was a big reason why.
When a pitcher on your staff is that dominant, it could lead to those who come after him having more confidence as well. Giolito didn’t have a perfect start to the COVID-19 shortened season but he certainly wasn’t bad either. At that point, however, you knew he would get back to that elite form we know he can get to. He did and ended up being the seventh-place finisher in the Cy Young Award race.
It was one of the more dominant no-hitters in the history of the team. He only relinquished one walk and that kept it from being a perfect game. He had a remarkable 13 strikeouts in the contest and it came with only 101 pitches. There is certainly a lot to look forward to with this player leading the team.
As you can see, the White Sox were clearly overjoyed with this accomplishment. The pitcher gets all the credit when a no-hitter is thrown. However, there were many defensive web gems made by the players on defense that made it possible. Giolito did have 13 strikeouts but that is only 13 outs out of 27. Some plays were routine but a few of them were incredible.
The most incredible play of them all was the final out of the game when Adam Engel read the fly out to right-field perfectly. If he didn’t make that perfect read, we would never have been talking about this no-hitter. It was an awesome play and you can’t talk about that no-hitter without mentioning it. This is the moment of the season and one we will never forget.