Stat Line of the Night — 5/12/2013 — Chris Sale
In case you were too busy watching the NBA and NHL playoffs to notice, it was quite the weekend for pitchers around Major League Baseball.
On Friday night, the Red Sox’s Jon Lester threw a one-hitter against the Blue Jays, going nine innings and walking none while striking out five. Meanwhile, over in St. Louis, rookie starter Shelby Miller threw an even more impressive one-hitter. The first batter of the game got a hit, but after that the 22-year-old pitched the mathematical equivalent of a perfect game: no hits, no walks, no errors, 13 Ks, and 27 consecutive batters retired.
But that wasn’t all the incredible pitching we’d get this weekend. On Saturday, Shelby Miller’s veteran Cardinals teammate, Adam Wainwright, carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning and would go on to record a complete game shutout with just two hits and a walk. Then on Sunday, the White Sox’s Chris Sale put the cherry on the weekend pitching sundae.
The 24-year-old lefty took a perfect game into the 7th inning against the Angels before giving up a hit to Mike Trout. After that, one more Angel reached base thanks to a throwing error by Alexei Ramirez, but Sale would wind up with a complete game one-hitter with zero walks and seven strikeouts. His performance probably wasn’t as good a performance as Miller’s on Friday, but since the lone hit Sale gave up came in the 7th inning and not the 1st, it was definitely more exciting.
For that, Chris Sale earned himself “Stat Line of the Night” honors for Sunday, May 12, 2013—but Shelby Miller, Jon Lester, and Adam Wainwright all get big honorable mentions.