Sox Set Sale…

The Sox took the field on Monday with a two-game win-streak and one of their top young pitchers on the mound.

Chris Sale, a 22-year-old reliever-turned starter, was sharp on Monday, but the Reds slipped past the Sox by a score of 1-0. Before making the transition to the Majors in 2010, Sale appeared in seven games for the Knights and posted a 0-0 mark with a 2.84 ERA earlier that season.

Last year, Sale was a mainstay in the bullpen for Chicago and went 2-2 mark with a 2.79 ERA in 58 games. He struck-out 79 batters over 71 innings pitched.

Now, the Florida native is working as a starter this spring, and today was his best start so far of his young career. In the club’s 1-0 loss to the Reds, Sale threw six scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six batters.

In three starts this spring, Sale is 0- 1 with a 5.40 ERA. He certainly took a giant step in the right direction on Monday and will now look to build off of his solid outing.

Other News and Notes from Monday:

Addison Reed and Hector Santiago combined to toss two shutout frames in relief of Sale. Reed, who appeared in 11 games for the 2011 Knights, is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five appearances this spring. Santiago is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and has not allowed a run in any of his four appearances (6 IP) this spring.

The Sox had just four hits on the day. Alejandro De Aza (1-2), Gordon Beckham (1-3), Alex Rios (1-3), and Paul Konerko (1-3) had the lone Chicago hits on the day.

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