American League Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota|
(Saturday, July 26)
Final Score: Chicago 7, Minnesota 0
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Sale tied a season-high with 12
strikeouts and pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to
a 7-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
Sale (10-1) remained unbeaten in his last seven starts after giving up just
five singles and two walks. The All-Star lefty threw 79 of his 112 pitches for
strikes and was still in the mid-90s with his fastball in his last inning of
"He was great. He had everything," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "He
was just working fast. I think this is probably the fastest I've seen him
work. ... Not a lot of shaking off (the catcher). He was just throwing it."
Alexei Ramirez belted a two-run homer and Conor Gillaspie had three hits and
two runs scored for the White Sox, who have won the first three games of the
Logan Darnell made his first career major-league start and pitched into the
sixth inning for the Twins, who have lost seven of nine since hosting the All-
Star Game. Darnell (0-1) was charged with seven runs on 11 hits and struck out
Sale gave up two hits in an inning just once, in the eighth. Both hits were
dribbled to the third-base side.
The first left Eduardo Escobar shaking off the effects of a 94 mph fastball
that rode in on his hands. He was able to fight off Sale's 95th pitch just
enough to roll it fair inside the line.
Trevor Plouffe got his second hit of the game off Sale with two outs in the
eighth -- this one Sale fielded himself, but fired late to first base.
Sale then struck out Chris Colabello to end the inning and erase Minnesota's
best chance to score since the second when Josh Willingham singled and Kurt
"He pitched really well. I think we all saw that," said Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire. "He had all of his pitches. He didn't make it easy on us."
Daniel Webb worked around Oswaldo Arcia's double in the ninth to complete the
Earlier, Gillaspie hit a two-out double in the second inning and scored the
first run on Tyler Flowers' single. The White Sox went up 2-0 in the third
when Jose Abreu hit a sacrifice fly following consecutive singles by Adam
Eaton and Ramirez.
Ramirez whacked a low off-speed pitch off the left-field pole for a two-run
homer on the fifth inning, his 10th of the season, doubling Chicago's lead to
Darnell came out after giving up hits to the first four batters in the sixth
inning, including an RBI double to Flowers and an RBI single to Alejandro De
Aza. Gordon Beckham added a sac fly off Ryan Pressly to make it 7-0.
Sale improved to 5-0 over his last seven starts with 54 strikeouts in 50 2/3
innings. The White Sox lost the other two games ... Sale lowered his ERA from
2.03 to 1.88 for the season ... Chicago also upped its record to 6-3 since the
All-Star break ... Darnell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. He pitched
three perfect innings against Cleveland on May 6 in his MLB debut ... The
Twins swept a four-game series at home against the White Sox from June 19-22.
07/26 23:51:26 ET