The Red Sox took home the 5-2 W in a tense game against Baltimore last night in Boston. The starting pitcher for Boston, Chris Sale, shined yet again as he allowed two runs on three hits in eight innings of work. He also struck out a stunning eleven hitters and walked two men. One of the hits allowed was a home run.
Chris Sale showed the O’s who’s boss straight from the gate last night. He started the game by striking out the first batter, and then showing respect to Baltimore’s CF Adam Jones who was subject to racial taunts by Red Sox fans the previous game by stepping off the mound and allowing the crowd to give him a standing ovation.
He followed that up by throwing behind the recent enemy of Boston, Manny Machado.
After warnings were issued to both teams and Sale, he went on to strike out Machado, and the next two batters after that. There was no more drama between the two teams for the rest of the night after the first inning. Chris Sale also did not allow a baserunner until the fifth inning. His 11 K’s added to his MLB leading total of 41 strikeouts, and he now has 52 strikeouts on the year.
Despite past struggles to score runs for Chris Sale, Boston’s offense was notably present last night. They were able to score five runs on 10 hits and draw two walks. They also only struck out four times. The man who stood out the most in the lineup was one Hanley Ramirez, who blasted two home runs over the green monster.
Another bright spot for the Red Sox last night was the defense, as Mookie Betts was able to make this gem look easy.
The Orioles also turned a very odd triple play, as they were trying to get one out and literally accidentally got three outs.
The Red Sox will play the third game in a four-game series against Baltimore tonight at 7:10 PM ET. LHP Drew Pomeranz who has found recent success will get the ball for Boston, as they will try and get the best of Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman. Pomeranz enters this game with a 4.15 ERA. For more Red Sox content, you can follow me on Twitter @KeenanGuyBoston. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more coverage of your favorite Boston sports teams.