In picking up the win in last night’s 2-1 victory over Salt Lake, starter Alan Johnson continues to ascend some of the Sox all-time pitching lists. Last night was Johnson’s 71st start in a Sky Sox uniform, moving him into a tie for second place all-time with Bryan Rekar. The win was the 25th of his Sox career moving him into a tie for fifth place with Rod Nichols. Johnson is tied for sixth in losses (24) with Mike Saipe. This season he also became the second Sky Sox player with 250 strikeouts and 150 walks joining Tom Kramer who finished his career with 292 strikeouts and 169 walks. Johnson moved into third place in career walks with 151 and now has the fifth most strikeouts for a Sox pitcher with 259. He is also second in hits allowed (547), runs (320) and earned runs (283) and third in innings pitched (412.0). For his Sky Sox career, Johnson is 25-24 with a 6.18 ERA.
Sox closer Jim Miller earned his 24th save of the season in last night’s 2-1 victory over Salt Lake. It was also the 64th appearance for Miller this season which is the most the most ever for a Sky Sox pitcher. He had previously been tied with Don Gordon who set the mark in 1989 with 63 appearances. The 24 saves are tied for the 4th most in a season in Sox history with Steve Olin and one behind Nate Fields who had 25 in 2006.