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Chris Sale strikes out 14, but loses anyway

Jun 15, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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White Sox starter struck out 14 Astros over eight innings tonight, but ended up a tough-luck loser as his team fell 2-1. Sale allowed the first run without allowing a hit (bookended by Alexei Ramirez errors) and the second on an infield single. The Astros managed just five hits (all singles) and a walk off Sale.

As usual, ESPN Stats & Info tweeted the relevant trivia:

Sale is the fifth pitcher since 2007 to strike out 14+ and lose, joining James Shields and Francisco Liriano last year, and teammates Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in 2011.

Despite the loss, the 24-year-old Sale lowered his ERA to 2.43, following up a breakout campaign last year in which he finished sixth in AL Cy Young balloting.

  1. Jason Lukehart - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    In addition to the factoids you mentioned, Bill:

    Chris Sale is just the second pitcher ever (well, since 1916 anyway) to strike out 14+, allow 0 earned runs, and take the loss. The only other one to do it was Cleveland’s Sam McDowell, who did it on July 6, 1968, against the California Angels.

    This was also the first game since 2011 in which both teams allowed runs, but none of them were earned.

  2. scdocal - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Sure he didn’t face the Braves.

  3. chrisdtx - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    If only he had tWtW.

  4. moogro - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    PTTS. 0 tWtW.

  5. gmsingh123 - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    How long before Ventura is asked to take a hike?

    • jlovenotjlo - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      1 year, 3 months, ~3 weeks

      • gmsingh123 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        “Swept by the Astros” should be good enough for a pink slip in my book.

  6. apmn - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Astros’ strategy: strike out repeatedly until opponent’s position players fall asleep in the field. BRILLIANT!

  7. Francisco (FC) - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    See? In real baseball, Chris Sale would have had the opportunity to pull a Cliff Lee and homer his team to victory. After all he couldn’t have done worse than the Sox lineup

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