Chris Sale is first pitcher to record 17 strikeouts in seven innings or fewer

Eric HeYahoo Sports Contributor

Chris Sale is really good at pitching.

The Red Sox pitcher was dealing on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, recording a career-high 17 strikeouts in seven innings and making MLB history in the process.

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Sale went seven innings, allowing two runs on a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the seventh. But other than that, the Rockies didn’t make much contact. Sale struck out his first six batters, one shy of an American League record. He wound up getting eight of the first nine hitters he faced to whiff.

Sale also had no walks in his 108-pitch outing. His previous career-high was 15 strikeouts, which he hit three times. But even by his lofty standards, Sale was magnificent on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old has struggled to start the 2019 campaign, sporting a 1-5 record with a 4.50 ERA entering Tuesday’s game. But this could very well mark a turning point for the Red Sox ace.

Unfortunately for him, Sale won’t even record a decision for his efforts. Brandon Workman, who relieved Sale in the eighth inning, gave up a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon that gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Rockies eventually won 5-4 in extra innings.

Chris Sale struck out 17 batters on Tuesday, setting a record by doing so in seven innings. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Chris Sale struck out 17 batters on Tuesday, setting a record by doing so in seven innings. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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