Chicago White Sox: Craig Kimbrel officially has a fan for life
The Chicago White Sox did not win their game on Wednesday night. It was a tight game that was tied for a long time but they eventually lost 3-2. These kinds of games happen. What was cool was a milestone set by the franchise in this one that will be remembered for a long time. At the start of the 9th round, Garrett Hook eliminated Shohei Ohtani.
This is quite impressive as Ohtani is one of the best players in the history of the sport. He is also having the best single season of any player. It was historic, however, as it was the 90,000th strikeout in franchise history. There have been a lot of great pitchers at bat on this team, so Hook should be very happy to be the guy who made it.
With guys like Mark Buehrle, Chris Sale and Lucas Giolito all on this list in recent memory, it’s really cool to think about. The White Sox currently have a lot of great batting pitchers on the roster, which has made this milestone easy to hit in 2021. With guys like Giolito, Carlos Rodon, Dylan Cease and Lance Lynn accumulating them this season, it’s is completely logical.
Hook is a special young pitcher. The White Sox don’t use him like they use some of their other bullpen arms because he’s so young, but his time will come to be one of the go-to guys. They drafted him in the first round of the 2020 draft for a reason. He’s shown he can be dominant there, but there are times when it’s clear more development is to come.
Garrett Crochet has been amazing for the Chicago White Sox so far in 2021.
When he’s on his game, he’s one of the best. The White Sox will be using it in many key situations very soon. To see him be part of such a special stage is great because he’s going to be part of so much more. Over 100 years have gone into this one, so it’s very special on its own. Hopefully Hook can have an elite career so he can add more good stuff to his resume.
The White Sox are hoping their strikeout specialists will continue through to the playoffs. They have the pitch to do it, but they have to go out there and execute. It will definitely be a lot of fun to watch.