Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale dominated the New York Yankees in Wednesday night's 2-1 win to continue a Cy Young-worthy campaign. People have taken notice, as South Side Sox illustrates.
After shutting the Yanks down in 7 2/3 innings of 3-hit, 13-strikeout baseball, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said: "I never faced him before. It’s like facing a closer three times. The guy throws 95-96 from a tough angle, very tall, three plus-pitches. It’s difficult to face a guy like that. There’s a reason why his numbers are so good."
ESPN's John Kruk, who was calling the game, was similarly impressed: "He's more impressive in person than I've ever seen him on TV. He looks nasty on TV; here, in person, there's no chance I'd want to step into a box against him."
SB Nation Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley had this to say about Sale:
"Chris Sale was pretty untouchable tonight. He went 7.2 innings tonight, giving up three hits and one earned run while striking out thirteen and walking only one batter. You read that right. Sale struck out thirteen Yankees tonight. His earned run was courtesy of a Derek Jeter dinger. That is all the Yankees did against Sale tonight. With Chris Sale pitching for the White Sox, it's definitely easy to see why they are still in first place."
The 2012 line on Sale, who might or might not be skipped a start to preserve him for the postseason, currently reads an impressive 15-4 with a 2.65 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 153 innings.
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