Making his first professional start, Sale got the victory in the Sox’s 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians, giving up just a lone run before leaving the contest with two out and no one on base in the seventh.
“If he throws the ball over the plate he has as good of stuff as anybody,” Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “Inside-outside slider and changeup. It is just a matter of him learning how to harness it. He is young, but it was a good first start and good to get him a win.”
Pierzynski did his part behind the plate, calling the shots for his pitcher, and at the plate as well, hitting his first home run of the season in the first inning with Paul Konerko on base. The catcher’s long ball followed Alejandro De Aza's leadoff home run to start the game right off of Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin.
“[Pierzynski] did a great job. He called a great game,” Sale said. “I was just the guy throwing the pitches.”
Of course Sale was being modest after winning his first game as a starter.
Manager Robin Ventura has been happy with all his young pitchers through the first four games. The Sox have only offered them 10 runs of support in the first four games, five of them coming on home runs.
“We have guys that can hit [home runs],” Ventura said. “It is still early, so I don’t know if I want to put a label on them as ‘that’s what we do.’ You would like to see it even out, so hopefully we can get that approach to even out.”
The White Sox have given up 12 runs through the first four games.