NEW YORK, N.Y. – Making his second appearance in the Major League Midsummer Classic, former FGCU All-American and current Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale earned the win on the mound for the American League on Tuesday night after tossing two perfect innings in the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field.
Sale took the mound in the second inning and used just nine pitches to retired Mets third baseman David Wright, Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year was just as sharp in the third, sitting down the side in order with just 15 pitches.
The AL bats responded to Sale’s two innings of quick work in the top of the fourth, plating the game’s first run and the eventual game-winning run. Over his two career All-Star game performances, Sale has tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Sale had earned his second consecutive All-Star berth by posting a 2.85 ERA and 131 strikeouts over 120 innings in his 17 first-half starts. He entered the break with a deceiving 6-8 record, mostly the result of receiving less run support than any other qualified American League starter.
The 24 year-old Sale entered the All-Star break in the top six of four major statistical categories in the American League, having posted a 2.79 ERA (5th), an opponent batting average of .202 (3rd), a 0.96 WHIP (3rd) and 114 strikeouts (6th). Sale has compiled a 5-8 mark in 16 starts in 2013, while having recorded two complete games and a shutout.