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|Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 08:17 pm||
|With 11 strikeouts against the Baltimore Orioles over his eight innings on Tuesday, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale became the second pitcher in franchise history to record 10-plus strikeouts in five consecutive starts.
The only other Red Sox pitcher to do so was a pretty good one, too: Pedro Martinez.
And Pedro is taking notice.
Chris Sale is already surpassing everything I've done
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) May 3, 2017
Sale fanned Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo, Trey Mancini, and Caleb Joseph twice apiece. Only Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy managed to escape without striking out once. The Red Sox held on to win the game 5-2, somehow giving Sale only his second win of the season despite his top-shelf numbers.
As great as his run has been, Sale has some work to do to fully replicate Martinez's output with the Red Sox. Between 1999 and 2001, Martinez had four streaks of at least five games with 10 or more strikeouts. His best came in 1999, when he boasted both a seven- and eight-game streak.
Sale has not yet matched his career-best streak of this nature. In 2015, then with the Chicago White Sox, Sale struck out double-digit batters over eight consecutive starts, twice fanning 14.
His next start is expected to come against the Minnesota Twins. And though the Twins are somewhat middling in the standings, they make contact. Prior to Tuesday, only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Sale's own Red Sox had recorded fewer strikeouts as a team.