Former Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale pitched yet another great game today. With his four-seamer and slider in especially nasty form, he put the golden sombrero on José Bautista and struck out 13 Toronto Blue Jays in total over eight scoreless innings in a 4-1 win for the Boston Red Sox. Sale now has an 0.91 ERA, and has struck out 42 while walking six and giving up one home run in 29.2 innings.
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Pedro Martínez, who knows what it’s like to be an ace pitcher traded to Boston in your prime, had high praise for Sale:
After the Red Sox traded for him, Martínez went on the greatest run of pitching ever seen and was eventually elected to the Hall of Fame, a wealthy and beloved champion. The best player Boston surrendered for him, Carl Pavano, remains best-known for missing the 2006 season after straining an ass cheek in spring training.
Disclosure: The author of this piece has been provided Gordon Beckham’s used footwear by the Chicago White Sox. His opinions are his own.