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Red Sox left-handed starter Chris Sale named AL Pitcher of the Month for June



Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been voted American League Pitcher of the Month for June.

Across six starts for the Red Sox, Sale registered a 3-2 record with 60 strikeouts and a 1.76 ERA to claim his third career AL Pitcher of the Month Award, last winning with the Chicago White Sox in June 2015. The left-handed pitcher limited opposing batters to just 22 hits, nine walks and one home run over 41.0 innings pitched. Among qualified AL starting pitchers, Chris finished his dominant month second in strikeouts, tied for second in wins and fifth in ERA. This is Boston’s first Pitcher of the Month Award since Sale’s rotation-mate Rick Porcello in September during his Cy Young Award-winning 2016 season.

On June 24th against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, the Lakeland, Florida native tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with 13 punchouts to lead Boston to a 5-0 victory. The outing was his eighth career scoreless start with at least 13 punchouts and four-or-fewer hits. The only other pitchers in MLB history to post more than eight such starts are Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (17), Randy Johnson (9) and Sandy Koufax (9). In the final start of his awardwinning month against the archrival New York Yankees on Saturday night, Sale tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts, permitting just a hit and one walk to secure his eighth win of the season. The 29-year-old joined Hideo Nomo (May 25, 2001), Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez (August 29, 2000 and September 10, 1999) and Ray Culp (September 21, 1968) as the only pitchers in Red Sox lore to post such a line. Moreover, the six-time AL All-Star became the second pitcher in franchise history to tally at least 60 strikeouts and allow fewer than 23 hits in a single calendar month, joining Martinez, who totaled 71 strikeouts and 20 hits allowed in September during his Cy Young Award-winning 1999 season. Across the Majors, only seven pitchers have accomplished the feat in Baseball history, and Sale was the first since last year’s Cy Young Award recipient Corey Kluber in June 2017.

Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included All-Star CC Sabathia (3-2, 1.93 ERA, 32.2 IP, 28 SO) and All-Star Luis Severino (4-1, 1.60 ERA, 33.2 IP, 40 SO) of the Yankees; Tyler Skaggs (3-1, 0.84 ERA, 32.0 IP, 36 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; Trevor Bauer (3-3, 2.18 ERA, 41.1 IP, 62 SO) and Shane Bieber (3-0, 0.96 ERA, 18.2 IP, 21 SO) of the Cleveland Indians; Blake Snell (3-1, 1.74 ERA, 31.0 IP, 37 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays; June’s Reliever of the Month Edwin Díaz (14 G, 1.88 ERA, 20 SO, 2 BB) of the Mariners; Dylan Bundy (3-0, 1.98 ERA, 27.1 IP, 25 SO) of the Baltimore Orioles; and Sean Manaea (3-0, 2.84 ERA, 31.2 IP, 21 SO) and Blake Treinen (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 8 SV, 16 SO) of the Oakland Athletics.

In recognition of his Pitcher of the Month Award,  Chris Sale will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.

Read more: MLB