Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher Chris Sale made history during his last start against the Colorado Rockies.
Even though the Red Sox lost to Colorado 5-4 in 11 innings, the 2018 All-Star and World Series Champion southpaw allowed only two earned runs on three hits, and a new career-high in 17 strikeouts. He also did not allow a walk during his time on the mound.
All 17 of Sale’s strikeouts came in his seven innings of work, on route to become the first pitcher in MLB history to record 17 strikeouts or more in seven innings pitched or fewer.
Chris Sale's 17Ks tonight…in under 37 seconds. 😳 pic.twitter.com/2F8NvChI2e— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 15, 2019
In present day, Sale was the first major league pitcher to record 17 or more strikeouts in a game since Max Scherzer in 2016 against the Detroit Tigers.
He is also the first left-handed pitcher to achieve the 17-strikeout mark since Johan Santana in 2007 against the Texas Rangers.
Sale also joins former Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez with the strikeout milestone for Boston, in which Martinez accomplished back in 2000.