Boston Red Sox’s ace Chris Sale is now part of the MLB history books. In a 12-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, Sale pitched the third immaculate inning in his career and tied the record held by Hall of Famer and Dodgers’ legend Sandy Koufax.
Sale got his immaculate inning against Twins batters Nick Gordon, Andrelton Simmons, and Rob Refsnyder. They each faced three of his pitches each, and all struck out on each pitch.
Sale’s previous two immaculate innings came during the 2019 season. He first had one against Baltimore Orioles on May 8th and then had one against Kansas City Royals less than a month after.
Start against Twins was Sale’s third of the season, and he currently has a 3-0 record with 2.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He previously missed the 2020 MLB season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
“Today was probably the best my mechanics have been start-to-finish. I really felt like I was staying on top of the baseball. I really kind of found it out in the bullpen before the game,” said Sale after the game against the Twins.
Chris Sale joined the Red Sox in 2017 after previously spending seven years with Chicago White Sox. He earned two All-Star nods during his stay in Boston while helping the franchise win World Series in 2018.
Sale’s career stats include a 112–73 record, 3.02 ERA, and 2,028 strikeouts.