Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher Chris Sale set the new franchise record for strikeouts by a Red Sox lefty against the New York Yankees over the past 100 years. He finished the outing with 13 strikeouts — which ties his season-high — departing with a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning.
Standing ovation for Sale as he exits after throwing his 13th K! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/vaqZJUACES
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 15, 2017
Sale’s only other start against the Yankees as a member of the Red Sox came back on April 27, when he suffered a loss on the road despite tossing a complete game and allowing just two earned runs. He finished the outing with zero walks and 10 strikeouts, a part of a string of eight consecutive games in which he recorded double-digit strikeout total.
Coming into his start on Saturday, Sale was 4-2 with a 1.31 ERA in 11 career appearances (eight starts) against the Yankees. He has now worked 69.1 innings and struck out 84 batters against New York since making his major league debut.
Following his start, Sale, who started the All-Star Game for the American League on Tuesday, lowered his ERA on the year to 2.59. The Red Sox ace already entered play leading all of baseball in strikeouts, only increasing that total to 191 on the year in 135.1 innings of work.
An All-Star for each of the last six seasons, Sale has come up short in his bid for the American League Cy Young Award, finishing inside the top-6 each of the previous five years, but never inside the top-2. He entered his start on Saturday leading the AL in WHIP and all of baseball in FIP and K/9 IP.