Having not won since August 16th, White Sox ace Chris Sale was looking to record win number 16 against the Kansas City Royals Friday night; and he did just that. Sale tossed his 6th complete game of the season. This complete game was arguably the toughest for Sale to finish off after some very shotty defense in the game that cost Sale an unearned run. After being perfect through 4 innings, Sale gave up 2 runs in the 5th and 2 in the 6th. Since Sale’s pitch count was exceedingly low from the Royals’ first pitch swinging all night, manager Robin Ventura left his ace out even when he was down 4-2 going into the 7th. After the Sox put a 4 spot in the 8th inning, Sale went on to pitch the bottom half of the 8th and 9th to cap off his masterpiece. Sale’s 119 pitch performance was Sale’s 8th straight start of 100 pitches or more. This was also Sale’s 6th straight start of 8 innings or more. You toss those number in with Sale being ranked 1st in innings pitched (210), T-4th in wins (16), T-3 in K’s (215), 3rd in WAR (5.3), 2nd in WHIP (1.01), 4th in BAA (.223), 1st in CG (6) and of course, 1st in jersey tears with (1). All kidding and joking aside, this should be Chris Sale’s year to finally win the Cy Young award.
Its hard to argue that after someone throws a complete game, that person would be the player of the game. In this case, not necessarily. After the Sox took a 2-0 lead after the first 3 innings against Royals starter Ian Kennedy, they lost their lead as soon as they acquired it after the Royals put up a combined 4 runs between the 5th and 6th inning. It was a daunting task for the Sox to take with the back of the Royals bullpen being as close to as unhittable as it can get. Royals set up man Kelvin Hererra did not have a typical Herrera type evening as he gave up an RBI single to Alex Avila to make the game 4-3, he went on to walk Avisail Garcia to set the stage for one of the Sox hottest hitters in Carlos Sanchez:
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 17, 2016
It was Sanchez’s first home run this season and his first since September of last year. With that home run Sanchez is hitting .300 with 10 RBI’s in the month of September after being recalled from AAA Charlotte numerous times over the course of the season.
This was only the Sox 5th win against the Royals in 16 tries this season as the Sox have been absolutely woeful against the AL Central this year. Not to mention the Sox have been 40-69 against the Royals in Kauffman stadium over the past 6 seasons so hopefully the late game heroics of Carlos Sanchez can begin to turn the tide in the Sox favor.