Mar 10, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
How great was it to watch Chris Sale pitch a complete game victory for the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, as they won by a 4-1 score against the San Diego Padres?
Sale’s line looked like this: nine innings pitched, where he allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks. He struck out nine and lowered his season ERA to 1.59.
Sunday was the first game since returning from the disabled list where he allowed an earned run, which equals 18 innings on the mound.
For the season, Sale improved to 5-0 overall.
May 21, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko (14) waits his turn at batting practice before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Konerko’s other hit was an two-RBI double, as the Captain of the White Sox finished with three RBIs on the day. For the season, in limited play, Konerko has 14 RBIs.
Chicago finished with six hits on the day. Tyler Flowers also had a solo home run in the fifth with one out.
Now back to Sale.
In three of the nine inning he pitched he struck out two batters each, including two in each of the first two innings, and ending the game in the ninth with two more strikeouts, including the final out of theme being a called third strike.
Sale finished with 100 pitches, 72 for strikes, facing a total of 28 batters.
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The White Sox didn’t play their best baseball bay far in this series against the Padres at US Cellular Field, losing on Friday and Saturday, but the series was saved from being a sweep because of Sale and Konerko.
It was kind of like the past, present and future all finally coming together for the White Sox.
Next the White Sox are off to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, starting on Monday in interleague play.