Chris Sale's dominance in context

Chris Sale's dominance in context
May 29, 2012, 12:51 am
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No, Chris Sale didn't break the MLB record for strikeouts in a game -- he would've needed a bionic arm to throw nine innings and top the 20-K barrier -- but he did break a record and nearly set another one over his 7 13 innings Monday.

Most strikeouts by a White Sox pitcher, 1918-present:

PitcherDateSOIPJack Harshman
7251954169Chris Sale
5282012157.1Jason Bere
6281995148.1Jason Bere
6131994148Juan Pizarro
7311964149Early Wynn
511959149Saul Rogovin
Most strikeouts in a game played at Tropicana Field:

PitcherDateSOIPChris Sale
5282012157.1Pedro Martinez
771999148Josh Beckett
4272008137Scott Kazmir
8252007138Pedro Martinez
4192001136Pedro Martinez
Other notes:

-Sale is the first lefty to strike out 15 since Erik Bedard did so against Texas on July 7, 2007. Cliff Lee struck out 16 on May 6, 2011 against Atlanta.

-Randy Johnson struck out 14 or more batters 46 times in his career. He struck out 19 White Sox batters on Aug. 8, 1997.

-Sale's 15 strikeouts at Tampa Bay represented the 30th time since 1918 that a lefty pitcher has struck out 15 or more on the road.