It was a masterful performance for the Red Sox ace, earning a first in franchise history.
Chris Sale showed glimpses of the utter dominance that has terrorized the American League since his days with the Chicago White Sox, on Wednesday night. The left handed starter threw nine shutout innings – his first CG shutout with the Red Sox – and mowed down 12 Kansas City Royals.
While the start was masterful, Sale completed a milestone that not even the great Pedro Martinez may lay claim to. He became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw two immaculate innings in their career, let alone completing the feat twice within one season. While Rick Porcello, Craig Kimbrel, Pedro Martinez, and Clay Buchholz have all done it once, Sale stands alone in doing it twice.
An immaculate inning, for those that may be unfamiliar, is when a given starter throws the minimum pitches (9) in an inning while striking out all three batters. It’s a sign of dominance, and the Red Sox ace has now done it twice this season.
Chris Sale, Immaculate Inning (ending with a 98mph Fastball). pic.twitter.com/LrMjZ3uxsI— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 6, 2019
In addition to having a masterful performance, Chris Sale dropped his season ERA to under 4.00 for the first time this season. He’s given up 12 ER over his last 7 starts while striking out 78, suggesting that perhaps his early season struggles are firmly behind him.
One of the game’s greatest pitchers resides in Boston – be thankful that we have the opportunity to watch him throw every fifth day.