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Chris Sale establishes individual season strikeout mark

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Chris Sale establishes individual season strikeout mark

Chris Sale set an individual season-mark for strikeouts on Wednesday night and likely has seven more chances to increase his total.

With a fourth-inning whiff of Travis Shaw, Sale established a new personal mark for strikeouts, a figure he increased to 229 before the game ended. Sale, who had 29 strikeouts in his previous two starts, struck out seven over seven scoreless innings. He exited with the score tied but the Boston Red Sox eventually topped the White Sox 3-0.

“It’s cool,” Sale said. “But at the end of the day, there’s really only one stat that matters and that’s wins. We just have to keep fighting. It’s nothing in particular. We just have to keep fighting and keep our heads up. We are a good team and keep grinding.”

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Sale established his previous mark in 2013 when he struck out 226 in 214 1/3 innings. Sale has only pitched 171 1/3 innings so far this season, but entered Wednesday with a major league-best average 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

Even though he operated without his best stuff, the four-time All-Star still managed seven strikeouts in a 119-pitch effort against Boston. Sale worked out of two tight jams and early before he retired 10 of the last 11 he faced.

“He can bob and weave with the best of them,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He wasn't in his strikeout form tonight, but they were going after stuff early. I thought they did a great job of attacking early. I wouldn't say he was throwing strikes early in the count, he was getting behing. That got him in some jams but he's got good enough stuff to get out of it.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Distant Replay: The Pierzynski dropped third strike game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Distant Replay: The Pierzynski dropped third strike game

In a new series on the podcast, the whole crew gets together to re-watch and re-live one of our all-time favorite White Sox games. We begin with Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS when A.J. Pierzynski famously reached base on the dropped third strike in the 9th inning, opening the door for a pivotal White Sox victory over the Angels (1:50). You'll hear things we learned watching the broadcast again (10:30), if Twitter existed... (17:20), the White Sox player we miss the most (21:00), all the random stuff that happened in the game and on the broadcast (24:30), the Pierzynski dropped third strike (32:30), Chuck's post-game report unearthed for the pod (38:15), how Hawk Harrelson would have called the game (40:40) and much more.  

Listen here or in the embedded player below.