Sale flirts with perfect game in 3-0 White Sox win
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 12, 2013 10:06PM
Updated: May 12, 2013 10:33PM
The White Sox were in their ``winning ugly’’ 1983 uniforms Sunday—but Chris Sale flirted with winning the game in baseball’s most rare and beautiful way.
The 24-year-old lefty had a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings before Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout singled. The Sox scored three in the bottom of the inning off Angels starter C. J. Wilson for the 3-0 victory to salvage the last game of the three-game series.
Sale (4-2) pitched the complete game, throwing 98 pitches.
An All-Star last season, Sale came into the game with a string of four games in which he pitched at least seven innings. His last was a no-decision in Kansas City when he allowed only one run on six hits through 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and didn’t allow a walk then.
He was receiving only 3.23 runs on average of support in his first seven starts.
The Sox had only four hits through six innings against lefty Wilson. They missed a chance to score in the sixth when Ramirez led with a single and stole second and third with two outs. Dayan Viciedo walked but Jeff Keppinger flied out to end the inning.
Ramirez kept the perfect game alive in the seventh when he fielded a ball up the middle from Alberto Callaspo. Trout’s hit came immediately after.
The only other base runner was Chris Iannetta, who reached on an error by Ramirez in the ninth. He was wiped out in a double play on the next play.
Sale’s gem came on the same day former Sox pitcher Philip Humber was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros. Humber pitched a perfect game for the Sox last April 21 in Seattle but was injured later in the season and unable to regain form, ending the year at 5-5 and released after the season.
Humber was 0-8 for the Astros with a 9.59 ERA when he was dropped from the roster Sunday.
Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in baseball history, joining former Sox lefty Mark Buehrle, whose perfect game at U.S. Cellular Field came on July 23, 2009 against Tampa Bay.