It’s amazing what one baseball game can produce.
One glorious, thrilling Major League Baseball game.
Tuesday, the White Sox defeated the Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings in St. Louis.
The headline-grabber was that Chris Sale joined Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to record eight straight 10-strikeout games.
But in my world, that was just the beginning.
Did you know that …
*Jose Abreu’s second career start in the No. 2 hole gave him as many there as Frank Thomas had in his career and two more than Paul Konerko had in his.
*Sale joined James Baldwin (7-17-99), Scott Eyre (9-3-97), Billy Pierce (9-27-53), Bob Keegan (9-25-53), Virgil Trucks (7-4-53), Tommy Byrne (5-26-53) and Saul Rogovin (9-20-52) as Sox pitchers to hit safely in St. Louis over the last 63-plus seasons.
*Sale became the first White Sox pitcher to strike out 10 AND get a hit in the same game since Tom Bradley, who was 1-for-4 with 10 strikeouts on 9-29-72 at Texas.
*Sale became the first White Sox pitcher to whiff 10+, get a hit and score in a game since 9-17-71 when Bart Johnson K’d 12 and scored twice vs. California.
*The White Sox posted their first extra-inning win in St. Louis since 9-27-53 when they beat the Browns in the final American League game in the city.
*TylerFlowers hit the White Sox first extra-inning home run in St. Louis since 8-1-34 when ZekeBonura went deep vs. the Browns.
Before the game I tweeted “Let’s have some fun tonight.”
Oh, I did … and then some!