Sale Makes History, Flowers and Bullpen Seal the Deal
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Two of a Kind
Chris Sale, who recorded 12 strikeouts in eight dazzling innings last night against the red-hot Cardinals in his 100th career start, became the second pitcher and the first left-hander in the modern era (since 1900) with 10-plus Ks in eight straight games. He joins Pedro Martinez, who accomplished the feat in 1999 with the Red Sox.
A White Sox Winner
While Sale recorded a no-decision in a game where he gave up a lone run on six hits and a walk along with the dozen strikeouts, his batterymate and the bullpen came to the rescue in the Sox’ 2-1, extra-inning triumph over the team with baseball’s best record. Catcher Tyler Flowers‘ two-out solo homer in the top of the 11th, broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the game-winner. Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Zach Duke (0.1), Daniel Webb (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0) shut the door in relief of the Sox ace with three scoreless innings. Webb got credit for his first win of the season, Robertson chalked up save No. 16. The Sox are now 7-2 in extra-inning games.
In addition to his historic K total, Sale singled in the third inning for his first big-league hit and scored on Jose Abreu‘s RBI single for the first Sox run.
Here are the videos of Sale’s extraordinary start, Flowers’ homer, Chris’ first hit and the Abreu RBI:
White Sox vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadum, St. Louis (7:15 p.m. CT, WGN) as the Sox look to sweep the short two-game series and go 4-4 on the eight-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP John Lackey (6-4, 3.35) for the Redbirds.
* Chris in his last eight starts: 60 innings pitched, 97 strikeouts, 1.80 ERA. 0.77 WHIP and .172 battng average against.
* Notable pitchers with 10-plus strikeout games through their first 100 career starts, via @ckamka: Sale (27), Nolan Ryan (22), Sandy Koufax (19), Roger Clemens (18), Randy Johnson (17), Martinez (14).
Quotes of the Day
Veteran baseball writers Jayson Stark, Bob Nightengale, Daryl Van Schouwen and Scott Merkin on Sale’s extraordinary night.
@jaysonst: Think about all the great LHP in history. Koufax, Carlton, Johnson, Spahn, Grove etc. And Sale is the first ever to K 10+ in 8 G in a row!
@BNightengale: Leave it to #WhiteSox ace Chris Sale who says he was more excited about getting that 1st #MLB hit and slide, than his strikeout record.
@CST_soxvan: Chris Sale has broken bat and ball from his first hit. Clubhouse mgr retrieved ball for Ks, too.
@scottmerkin: Sale seemed more charged up by Flowers’ homer than any of his strikeout marks because, well, that’s the sort of player he is.
Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Blue Jays. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, TBA for the Orioles.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 76 on June 29 at Detroit, Frank Thomas‘ solo homer in the top of the 13th inning was the deciding blow in the White Sox’ 4-3 victory over the Tigers. Shingo Takatsu earned his first win of the season by tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief and the first-place Sox won their 52nd game of the season.
The latest ’05 reunion attendees.
Today at U.S. Cellular Field: Double Duty Classic
Photo of the Day
The ball from Sale’s record-tying 10th strikeout.