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Chris Sale Is Great. The White Sox Are Still The White Sox.

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Chris Sale was peak Chris Sale last night.

He threw a complete game—his fifth, more than any other pitcher this year—with 14 strikeouts—a season high and one short of his career record—and zero walks. He didn’t allow a runner on base after the fourth inning.


But, of course, some poor White Sox baserunning decisions (hint: more than one inning involved someone caught in a rundown) and an inability to do anything with the bases loaded that meant Sale’s 14K gem was ultimately for naught, as Chicago lost to Seattle 3-1. If this sounds a little familiar, it’s only the 13th time since 2013 that Sale has walked away with a loss despite striking out 10 or more.

Wash, rinse, slash uniforms in frustration, repeat.

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