Chris Sale Breaks MLB Record Held by Another Chicago Icon

Beth Cruz
August 31, 2017

Please enjoy this limited viewing Subscription and advertising revenue enables local, legitimate journalism. Combined with a superb outing by Boston starter Chris Sale, it all added up to another frustrating night for the floundering Jays.

What started out as a battle between starting pitchers ended as a decisive 3-0 victory for the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

"We had that one shot in the eighth inning", Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That might have been the toughest four-game stretch we've had this season". Boston now holds the third AL playoff spot with a 73-57 record and is six games behind the AL-best Houston Astros, while Cleveland is in the second AL playoff spot with a 73-56 record.

Vazquez hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak.

His 1,500th strikeout came against Kevin Pillar, who only one night ago robbed Sale's teammate Mookie Betts with a fantastic catch. The crowd of 35,630 gave Pillar a standing ovation.

Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, who applauded the catch from the mound, was especially appreciative.

"I still think I'm really good pitcher when I'm healthy and able to go out there and do what I know I'm capable of", Anderson added. "He has to get a Gold Glove at some point". Since this milestone is one of many on a path to Nolan Ryan's all time record of 5714 punchouts, let's break down a possible path to the all time record for Sale. They've been outscored 47-22 in those games.

Over his past five starts, he is 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA. They've hit just.257 off lefties since the start of July.

"He's swinging the bat really well", Farrell said. The team wasn't as prepared to compensate for Sale's lackluster effort in his second start against Cleveland, though, as they lost 13-6 after he surrendered six earned runs in just three innings. Three days later, the Blue Jays signed Saunders to a minor league deal.

Even on a night of Chris Sale's brilliant return to form, Addison Reed's eighth-inning escape act and Hanley Ramirez' second home run in almost three weeks, Davis was impossible to ignore. Seattle's Erasmo Ramirez (5-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Vazquez followed with a single and stole second base and Ramirez scored when Raffy Lopez's pick-off attempt wound up in centre field.

"Pressure's not on me", Davis said. "I was looking for that". Mitch Moreland hit an RBI single off Aaron Loup, and Xander Bogaerts drew a bases-loaded walk against Ryan Tepera.

Polanco has hit nine home runs this season with seven coming against the White Sox. Farrell said OF Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rangers 12, Astros 2 • Shin-Soo Choo homered and drove in four runs, helping Texas rout Houston in the opener of a series relocated to St. Petersburg, Fla., because of flooding in Houston. Blue Jays: RHP Brett Anderson will be promoted from Triple-A to make his first Blue Jays start.

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