White Sox prospect Giolito tosses 7-inning no-hitter at AAA Charlotte

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Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the first inning of a Cactus League spring training game against Chicago Cubs on Feb. 27, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in game one of doubleheader for the AAA Charlotte Knights against the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.

Giolito (2-5, 5.44 ERA), who has struggled for most of the season, threw 87 pitches — of which 50 were strikes — and allowed three walks. He struck out three batters in the 4-0 win.

Nicky Delmonico, Danny Hayes, and Adam Engel each homered to support Giolito.

The 22-year-old right-hander is ranked No. 12 on MLB.com’s list of major league prospects. He pitched for Syracuse as a Washington Nationals prospect last year. He was acquired from the Nats in a December trade for outfielder Adam Eaton.

“I experienced a lot of hardship in the big leagues last year,” Giolito said during spring training. “I didn’t pitch well at all. I got hit pretty hard, so I learned a lot from that. I took a lot away, about dealing with adversity, being able to make adjustments on the fly, slowing things down when they’re speeding up. I’m trying to take everything I learned and apply that and be a little bit better this year.”

It was the first Knights no-hitter since Andre Rienzo threw a seven-inning no-hitter on July 25, 2013.

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