Chicago White Sox: Garrett Crochet throws a historic strikeout

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 21: Garrett Crochet #45 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 21, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Twins defeated the White Sox 7-2, (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 21: Garrett Crochet #45 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 21, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Twins defeated the White Sox 7-2, (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox didn’t win their game on Wednesday night. It was a close game that was tied for a long time but they eventually lost 3-2. Those kinds of games happen. What was cool was a milestone set by the franchise in this one that will be remembered for a long time. In the top of the 9th inning, Garrett Crochet struck out Shohei Ohtani.

That right there is impressive enough because Ohtani is one of the best players in the history of the sport. He is also having the best single-season of any player ever. However, it was historic because it was the 90,000th strikeout in the history of the franchise. There have been a lot of great strikeout pitchers on this team so Crochet should be very happy to be the guy who did it.

With guys like Mark Buehrle, Chris Sale, and Lucas Giolito all on this list from recent memory, it is really cool to think about. The White Sox have a lot of great strikeout pitchers on the roster right now which made this milestone easy to reach in 2021. With guys like Giolito, Carlos Rodon, Dylan Cease, and Lance Lynn racking them up this season, it makes complete sense.

Crochet is a special young pitcher. The White Sox don’t use him like they use some of their other bullpen arms because he is so young but his time will come to be one of the go-to guys. They drafted him in the first round of the 2020 draft for a reason. He has shown that he can be dominant out there but there are times where it is clear that more development is coming.

Garrett Crochet has been amazing for the Chicago White Sox so far in 2021.

When he is on his game, he is one of the best. The White Sox are going to use him in a lot of key situations very soon. Seeing him be a part of such a special milestone is great because he is going to be a part of a lot more. 100 plus years went into this one so it is extra special on its own. Hopefully, Crochet is able to have an elite career so he can add more great things to his resume.

The White Sox are hoping that their strikeout specialists keep it up going into the postseason. They have the pitching needed to get it done but they need to go out there and execute. It is certainly going to be a lot of fun to watch.

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