White Sox ace Chris Sale entered tonight’s start against the Blue Jays with eight straight starts with 10 strikeouts or more, tying Pedro Martinez for the major league record. He fell a little bit short in his efforts of securing the record all for himself.
Sale struck out six batters (his lowest strikeout total since May 6) as part of a complete-game 4-2 victory over Toronto. He allowed six hits and no walks, with the only runs scoring on solo home runs from Chris Colabello and Josh Donaldson.
After an error by Jose Reyes, the White Sox rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against Mark Buehrle. As a result, Sale notched his first win since June 8. This was his eighth career complete game and his first this season.
Sale owns a 2.80 ERA and 147/22 K/BB ratio in 112 1/3 innings over 16 starts this season. He has a strong case to start for the American League in next week’s All-Star Game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.