On Thursday night, the two best pitchers in the AL Central and arguably the two best pitchers in the entire American League squared off on Chicago’s South Side.
Although Sale was stellar in his seven innings of work, one mistake in the fifth inning to hot-hitting Victor Martinez (who has owned Sale over the past few years) gave Scherzer all the cushion he needed in a 4-0 Tigers win; his first career complete game.
“Mad Max” was dominant from the get-go. In his nine innings, Scherzer gave up just three hits, walked three, didn’t give a run and struck out eight on 113 pitches. Thursday was Scherzer’s 179th career start.
Chris Sale was no slouch himself. Although the home run to Martinez was the tide-turning play, Sale was sharp. Sale gave up five hits and struck out 10 on 116 pitches.
The Sox move on to a three-game weekend series at home with the Kansas City Royals. Jose Quintana will get the start for the White Sox on Friday night, while Sox tormentor Jeremy Guthrie gets the ball for the Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- Chris Sale has started 68 games for the Sox. In 21 of those starts, Sale has gone 7+ innings and given up just one earned run. Not too shabby.
- More Chris Sale: After Thursday’s loss, Sale has thrown 560 innings in the majors. In those 560 innings, Sale has 597 strikeouts. That’s more than Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens AND Steve Carlton. Great company there.
- Just for the record: The White Sox are 47-35-2 all-time on “Friday the 13th”. Since 1997, the Sox are 14-3.