CLEVELAND (AP) — Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale has reached 2,000 profession strikeouts sooner than any pitcher in historical past.
Sale entered Tuesday’s recreation in opposition to the Indians with 1,995 strikeouts. He struck out the facet within the first and reached the milestone within the third when he fanned rookie Oscar Mercado.
According to info offered by the Red Sox, Sale broke Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez’s mark by attending to 2,000 in 1,626 innings. Martinez did it in 1,711 1/3 innings. Randy Johnson reached the plateau in 1,733 1/3 innings, and Max Scherzer received there in 1,784.
Sale has struggled this season. He entered his 25th begin at simply 6-11 with a 4.41 ERA. Still, he has the most effective strikeout-to-walk ratio within the majors since 1920.
The 30-year-old is in his third season with Boston after spending seven with the Chicago White Sox. He opened 2019 with 4 straight losses and didn’t get his first win till May 3.