Sale reaches 2,000 career strikeouts in record pace

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 14, 2019

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Cleveland.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers on Tuesday became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to record a six-hit, four-double game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

On the flip side, this is the third time this has happened against the Cleveland franchise, albeit the first since 1973. Martinez did it in 1,711 1/3 innings. Randy Johnson reached the plateau in 1,733 1/3 innings, and Max Scherzer got there in 1,784.

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Sale is the 83rd pitcher in major-league history to record 2,000 strikeouts and the first since ex-Sox lefty Jon Lester, who reached the mark in August 2017 Sale will likely soon be joined by teammate David Price, who is 21 strikeouts short of 2,000.

Sale has struggled this season.

Pitchers with 2,000 strikeouts who spent a good chunk of their careers with the Red Sox include Roger Clemens (4,672), Martinez (3,154), Curt Schilling (3,116), Cy Young (2,803), Luis Tiant (2,416), Dennis Eckersley (2,401), Lester (2,319), John Lackey (2,294), Lefty Grove (2,266) and Tim Wakefield (2,156).

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