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Chris Sale starts and impresses at All-Star game

Chris Sale starts and impresses at All-Star game
Photo courtesy of Keith Allison

FGCU baseball alumnus Chris Sale was named the American League starting pitcher in the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego, Kansas City Royals head coach Ned Yost announced Monday before the scheduled game day of July 12.

Sale became just the third White Sox pitcher to start an All-Star Game since 1960, joining Mark Buehrle (2005) and Esteban Loaiza (2003). Additionally, he is just the second pitcher in White Sox history to make five consecutive All-Star rosters.

The All-Star game allows teams from each league to come out and enjoy a fun, yet competitive game. This aggressive, yet friendly play was what Sale intended to focus on coming into the game.

“I plan on just letting it eat for an inning, just getting after it,” Sale said. “There are really no repercussions that come from this game other than just having fun and competing. That’s all I’m really going to try and do. I fully intend on going out there and giving it everything I’ve got for an inning or two, whatever it may be.”

Coming into the game a 14-3 record, a 3.38 ERA while being ranked ninth in the Major League with 123 strikeouts in an AL, Sale

planned to continue his trend of strikeouts.

However, right off the bat, Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs shot one deep to left field for a solo homerun, giving the National League an early 1-0 lead. Bryant was 0-6 in strikeouts against Sale in the regular season.

Sale ended up playing one inning in the game, allowing one homerun, one earned run and one strikeout.

The final score favored the American League, 4-2 over the National League. This was the American League’s fourth time in a row winning the All-Star Game.

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