Stop me when you’ve heard this:
Chris Sale was dominant and seemingly was in a zone during his outing.
In his first start since April 17th against the Boston Red Sox, Chris Sale took control against another AL East club, the New York Yankees.
Sale faced 19 hitters. 18 of those 19 didn’t reach base. Aside from a Zoilo Almonte single in the sixth inning, the 6’6″ lefty from Florida Gulf Coast was at his best in a 3-2 White Sox win on Thursday night.
Oh, did I mention that Sale struck out 10 of the 19 Yankee hitters he faced? Add in his rehab start for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights last week and that’s 20 strikeouts for Chris Sale in his last two outings.
Sale was in control from the get-go. In the first inning, Sale struck out the side, including Derek Jeter, who received a standing ovation in his final trip to U.S. Cellular Field.
Although a specific number wasn’t mentioned, Sale was seemingly on a pitch count in his first start back from a sore flexor in his throwing elbow. In his 86 pitches on Thursday, 54 went for strikes.
If you combine Sale’s outing from April 17th against Boston with Thursday’s stellar outing, his numbers are:
13 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB and 20 K’s.
I don’t think that’s bad.
With the win, Sale is 4-0 on the season. In 33 1/3 innings pitched, Sale has 39 strikeouts, a 0.72 WHIP and a 1.89 ERA.
White Sox Notes:
- Thursday was only the fifth win for the Sox where they did not hit a home run. A ground rule double from Alejandro De Aza and a pair of RBI singles from Adam Dunn and Adam Eaton were the Sox offense on Thursday.
- Paul Konerko ripped a double in the second inning in the 3-2 victory. The double was the 406th of Konerko’s career.
- The Yankees scored both of their runs on two hits in the ninth inning off of new Sox closer Ronald Belisario. It took 27 pitches, but Belisario picked up his second save since Matt Lindstrom went down with an ankle injury.
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Even before tonight’s wonderful outing, Chris Sale was in some pretty elite company before he took the mound on Thursday.