Over the offseason, the Chicago White Sox traded their ace, Chris Sale, to the Boston Red Sox for an impressive group of prospects, including the game’s very best (Yoan Moncada). But however strong the prospect package was (and it was strong), I don’t think the Red Sox are losing sleep over it.
Friday night, Chris Sale went 7.0 innings against the Oakland Athletics, walking zero batters, while striking out ten. After notching his tenth strikeout of the night, the record-keepers took notice.
With a 10-strikeout performance in Friday night’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the A’s in 10 innings, the Red Sox’s ace reached double-digit strikeouts for an eighth straight appearance, matching a Major League record he already co-owned with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez … Martinez rattled off eight straight 10-strikeout games for Boston in 1999.
Sale previously tied this record with the White Sox back in 2015, but wound up with just 6 Ks in his (9.0 IP) ninth start. Perhaps this time, he’ll finish the job, record double-digit strikeouts, and take sole possession of a pretty bada** record.