Boston Red Sox

Chris Sale Pitched a Masterpiece. The Red Sox Lost.


It was a memorable night for the Red Sox, as their ace, Chris Sale, fashioned a masterpiece, striking out 17 batters in seven innings, a little short of a major league record.


Unfortunately, after the Red Sox pulled Sale, Brandon Workman blew the save, and the team managed to lose to the Colorado Rockies, 5-4, in 11 innings on a cold Tuesday night at Fenway Park.


(Tom Cheney struck out 21 players in a game in 1962 for the Washington Senators, but it came over 16 innings, and 20 is generally recognized as the record.)


Sale started the game with six straight Ks, and many of his whiffs were of the extremely nasty variety, in some cases making batters look quite bad.


He seems to be turning it around in May though, with three starts, all with double digit strikeouts, ending with two Red Sox wins and Tuesday’s unfortunate loss.


Pitchers tend to benefit form cooler temperatures, and all five of the 20 strikeout games in major league history came in April, May or September.






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