Lucas Giolito
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Lucas Giolito showed why he is the ace of the Chicago White Sox in his postseason debut. Giolito finished the season with 97 strikeouts over 71.1 innings and a 3.48 ERA. Lucas Giolito threw the 19th White Sox no-hitter on August 15, 2020, striking out 13 batters. 

He pitched a perfect game in his playoff debut through six innings against the Oakland Athletics in the White Sox playoff opener.

Giolito allowed a clean single up the middle to Tommy LaStella, to start the seventh inning, ending his bid for a perfect game and no-hitter. Giolito retired the next three hitters in the seventh, including two more strikeouts, stranding La Stella. After 100 pitches, Giolito’s night ended in the 8th inning after allowing a second base hit. He finished the game with two hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts.

It didn’t take the Chicago White Sox long to get on the board in Game 1 of the American League Wild Card Series on Tuesday, as Adam Engel smashed a solo home run off A’s left-hander Jesús Luzardo in the first inning. Soon after Engel’s home run, AL MVP hopeful, and RBI machine, Jose Abreu blasted a two-run shot off Luzardo to swell the White Sox’s lead to 3-0. Yasmani Grandal added with a home run later in the game. Oakland scored one run in the 8th that was charged to Giolito. The White Sox won the game 4-1.

The late Roy Halladay, while with the Philadelphia Phillies, threw a perfect game in the 2010 regular season and a no-hitter in the postseason. Halladay is the only person to have a regular-season and postseason no-hitter in the same year. Halladay and Don Larsen, who pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn, have the only two postseason no-hitters.

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