Chris Sale's dominance in context


Chris Sale's dominance in context

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.

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Major League Baseball released the latest American League All-Star voting update Monday and Avisail Garcia has jumped back into fifth place among outfielders.

The White Sox right fielder jumped past Boston's Mookie Betts since the last returns were announced on June 13.

Since then Garcia has slashed .319/.447/.819 with a homer, 5 RBIs and three doubles in 12 games.

Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and George Springer remain the top vote-getters in the outfield, though Trout won't play in the Midsumemr Classic because of a thumb injury.

On the year Garcia is batting .331 with a .904 OPS, 11 homers and 51 RBIs; the RBIs are the same number Garcia had all of last year.

Garcia is the only White sox player among the top AL vote-getters at any position.

Voting ends June 30.

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland turned in one of his best starts of the season on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the White Sox had nothing to show for it after a 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon.

In six innings, Holland allowed four hits, one earned run, and two walks while recording six strikeouts. He was charged with his only run in the seventh, when he allowed a single to Yonder Alonso, who came around to score after Holland had been pulled from the game.

Despite his confidence in the bullpen, which has been one of the White Sox biggest strengths this season, Holland would like to see himself go deeper into the games.

“I should be getting into the 7th and not having 110 pitches,” Holland said. “The bullpen's done a great job of picking us up in the seventh, eighth and ninth. The starters, and really pointing more to myself, we need to...I need to go out there and go longer."

Entering Sunday, three of Holland’s last four starts had been the worst outings of the season – allowing 22 earned runs over those four games. Despite the team’s 5-3 loss, Holland felt his outing was a step in the right direction.

“I felt good about everything out there,” Holland said. “(Omar Narvaez) and I were right on the same page. There were just a couple of things that got away from us. Just one of those things. Defense made the plays for us when they needed to, unfortunately we just didn't come out on top."

Manager Rick Renteria also had high praise for the 30-year-old southpaw, who bounced back from one of his shortest outings of the season.

“I thought Holland, hopefully what's not lost is Holland's outing today was really, really good,” Renteria said. “He kept us in the ballgame. They've got some kids that can swing the bat. They were putting things together. All we were trying to do at the end was minimize any damage they could produce. We weren't able to.”