Chris Sale becomes fastest ever to 2,000 strikeouts

Rob Bradford
August 13, 2019 - 8:26 pm

Chris Sale made history Tuesday night.

The Red Sox pitcher became the fastest in major league history to reach 2,000 strikeouts, easily besting the previous record-holder Pedro Martinez who needed 1,711 1/3 innings to accomplish the feat. With his strikeout of Cleveland's Oscar Mercado in the third inning, Sale reached the milestone in 1,626 innings.

Sale finished his outing allowing five runs over 6 2/3 innings, striking out 12 in the eventual Red Sox' 7-6, 10-inning win over the Indians.

"It's been a grind this year, but there have been some cool things about him," Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters when asked about Sale. "The pitcher is amazing. The person is better. That tells a lot. This is a guy I really respect, we have a great relationship. He shows up every single day, regardless if he pitches or not. He's pulling for his teammates, he's doing everything possible for us to win, and I'm very proud of him."