video: Sale Reaches 300 Strikeouts, Red Sox Cruise Past Orioles 9-0
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Sale becomes the first American League pitcher to reach the milestone since Pedro Martinez did it in 1999. He finished that season with 313 strikeouts.
In the game, Sale struck out 13 batters while giving up four hits and no walks to match his career high with 17 wins.
With the win, the Red Sox improve to 88-64 on the season. They maintain a three-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the AL East.
Red Sox Cruise Past Orioles
With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero hit two-run home runs to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead.
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to increase Boston’s lead to 6-0.
Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double in the 8th and Boston would add another run in the 9th to cruise to the 9-0 win.
The Red Sox have won 11 of their last 14 games.
The Red Sox are off on Thursday, September 21 before returning to action Friday, September 22 against the Cincinnati Reds.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Chris Sale has now struck out 191 batters on the road this year, the most by any #MLB pitcher in at least 104 years.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 21, 2017
Chris Sale has joined Pedro Martinez as the only Red Sox pitchers ever with 300+ strikeouts in a season. Martinez struck out 313 in 1999.— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) September 21, 2017
Related Slideshow: The History of Baseball in Central Massachusetts
Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. The local historical landmarks range from Mudville to Hotel Vernon to Fitton Field. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
First Perfect Game
The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.
NE Collegiate Baseball
A New England Collegiate Baseball League team played in Leominster from 1995 to 1999. Called the Central Mass. Collegians, they won the NECBL Championship in both 1995 and 1996, and During the 1995 season, they played a game against the Cuban National Youth Team in Worcester.
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who play at historic, and newly renovated, Doyle Field in Leominster, are a 2012 expansion franchise in the now-three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.The Dirt Dawgs’ 2013 season swung into action on June 5 with big expectations, but ended on August 8 with those hopes being dashed. They finished in the basement, with a record of 20-31 - 14 games behind first-place the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (38-18). The team is owned by prominent Leominster businessman John Morrison, who also founded, owns and operates Fosta-Tek Optics in Leominster.
Last month, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the formation of the Worcester Baseball franchise, which will play its first season next summer. The team is owned by the family that owns and operates Creedon and Co. The prominent Worcester catering service will be the food-and-beverage vendor at home games at Fitton Field, at the College of the Holy Cross. Through Octobert 25, Worcester Baseball is conducting a name-the-team competition.
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