4. Chris Sale notches his 300th strikeout in beatdown of Orioles.
When Dave Dombrowski went out and got Chris Sale, it was for the long haul. Sale is arguably the best pitcher in the American League, and he was brought in to push the Red Sox over the top in the playoffs.
Despite having a hard time doing that, Sale was dominant most of the regular season, and his final outing against the Baltimore Orioles was indicative of that.
Sale’s entire night was great, even if he did not record the 300th strikeout. He went 8.0 innings, allowing only four hits, and no runs. He struck out thirteen that night, and the thirteenth was magic number 300.
Sale also moved into second place for strikeouts in a single season in franchise history. He finished just shy of Pedro Martinez‘s record of 312 for a season. 2017 was still a magnificent season.
Sale did not have the postseason accomplishments, but he is one of the main reasons Boston made the playoffs.
Hopefully next year, Sale can right the ship, and lead Boston to a playoff series victory.
Number three brought the season to an end, and it ended with a bang. Let’s check it out.