Chris Sale pitched out of his mind last night, while reaching a MLB-record milestone, pitching seven-plus scoreless innings and allowing just three hits while striking out 11 batters.
The Big left-hander got Kevin Pillar swinging in the second inning to record his 1,500th career strikeout. Sale is now (15-6) and a front-runner for this year’s American League Cy Young Award, needed just 1,290 innings to reach that plateau — the quickest in MLB history. And the accomplishments didn’t end there.
Sale struck out the side in the third inning, earning his 259th strikeout of the year and surpassing Smoky Joe Wood for fourth place on Boston’s franchise list for most K’s in a single season. Pedro Martinez holds the Red Sox record with 313.
“That’s pretty crazy,” Sale said of his 1,500-strikeout milestone. “This game has been around a long time. To do that, it’s cool.
Anytime you;re mentioned in the same sentence as Pedro it’s pretty cool.
“I try not to get too caught up in it but I definitely take a step back and look at that and appreciate it.”
Hanley Ramirez hit his yawning- team-leading 20th homer of the season for the AL East-leading Red Sox (75-57). Eduardo Nunez hit two doubles and drove in a run while Andrew Benintendi added an RBI. Newly acquired Connecticut native Rajai Davis stole two bases and scored twice for the Sox. Craig Kimbrel came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 31st save. While Sale may win the Cy Young, Kimbrel needs to be in that and the MVP conversation. He has been that important to this Red Sox staff..