While most of the attention from last night’s comeback White Sox victory was split between the team’s five-run seventh inning and the crazy ending to the game, you may be unaware that reliever Matt Albers just broke a pretty impressive team record.
After the Sox had scored those five runs, Albers came on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning, marking his 30th consecutive appearance in which he’s given up zero runs, thus breaking the previous White Sox record set by Jesse Crain in 2013. The 30-game streak dates back to August 5 of last year and spans 33 innings, making it the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.
The last out of the inning came as Albers fielded a great bunt from Toronto’s Ezequiel Carrera and I think it’s safe to say that the 11-year veteran was pretty fired up about it.
Albers spoke about the play after the game.
“I was just having fun. It was a really good bunt so I was just fired up because we came back, our offense put up so many runs and we took the lead. I liked it. Have some fun, fire the guys up and just yell a little bit to get everybody going.”
It’s a lot more fun out there when the team is winning games, which is something that Albers says makes the record a lot more special.
“I think the best part about it is we’re winning games. The most fun I’ve ever had is when we’re winning, regardless of how I’m doing, and that’s the number one key. I’m just trying to keep it going and not think about it much. Just keep it one outing at a time.”
Albers says that the now-former record holder has contacted him and it seems that Crain jokingly may want an asterisk next to Albers’ new record.
“He already claimed the record was invalid because it spans over two seasons, so he already claims his record still stands. I haven’t texted him, but I’m sure I will when we get back to America.”
It looks as if Albers doesn’t want to pay those international texting rates. Always efficient, isn’t he?