Charlotte Knights pitcher Lucas Giolito threw a seven inning no-hitter in the first game of a double-header against the Syracuse Sky Chiefs. While the Santa Monica, CA native was probably the last person you would think would have such a great outing, Giolito shut down the Syracuse in an unusual fashion. The Chicago White Sox prospect went into the game with a 1-5 record and a 6.41 era, Giolito had total command over his ball placement. Charlotte provided run support with three home runs by Nicky Delmonico, Adam Engel, and Danny Hayes, but only one would have been needed as the Knights defeated the Sky chiefs 4-0. Giolito threw 87 pitches in seven innings and recorded three strikeouts along with three walks. The stellar performance has dropped his era down to 5.44.
The White Sox hope Giolito could be turning over a new leaf with this performance as he hasn’t fared too well so far in the 2017 baseball season. Giolito has been struggling with his control previously as he averages less than five innings per game and has allowed twenty-two walks in just 39.1 innings pitched this season. Giolito was part of a trade back in December that also included Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning going to Chicago with Adam Eaton going to Washington. Giolito has been dominate in previous years in the minors so it won’t be a surprise if he starts producing more quality outings.