No, Chris Sale didn't break the MLB record for strikeouts in a game -- he would've needed a bionic arm to throw nine innings and top the 20-K barrier -- but he did break a record and nearly set another one over his 7 13 innings Monday.
Most strikeouts by a White Sox pitcher, 1918-present:
Most strikeouts in a game played at Tropicana Field:
-Sale is the first lefty to strike out 15 since Erik Bedard did so against Texas on July 7, 2007. Cliff Lee struck out 16 on May 6, 2011 against Atlanta.
-Randy Johnson struck out 14 or more batters 46 times in his career. He struck out 19 White Sox batters on Aug. 8, 1997.
-Sale's 15 strikeouts at Tampa Bay represented the 30th time since 1918 that a lefty pitcher has struck out 15 or more on the road.
The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound.
Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.
In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.
Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future.
But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.
A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.
The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.
This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.