The number 91 flashed on the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard after consecutive fastballs Chris Sale delivered to Mike Trout on Wednesday afternoon.
In the on-deck circle, Trout had watched Sale twice run pitches up to 96 mph against Andrelton Simmons but now Sale was intentionally slowing it down for confusion's sake.
Trout still singled, but the wieldy variation augured the difficulty the Angels faced all game against the tall, angular left-hander with vicious stuff. In Sale's seven innings, only Trout got on base as the Angels drifted to a 2-1 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, their fifth loss in six games.
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