By: Greg Keenan
The Boston Red Sox were able to take advantage of the Blue Jays’ recent struggles, as they walk away with the 4-1 win in extra innings yesterday in Toronto. The starting pitcher, Chris Sale, ended up with a no-decision as he went eight innings, allowing no runs on four hits. He also issued just one walk and a whopping 13 K’s.
Chris Sale is one of the top pitchers in major league baseball. This season, he’s done nothing but justify giving up the best prospect in baseball to the White Sox to get him. To say he’s been good would be disrespectful to him. Chris Sale has been exceptional. He has exceeded the sky-high expectations that were pinned on him when he came here. This season (four starts), he leads the majors in strikeouts with 42, he has a 0.91 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.71.
One problem Sale has faced is the lack of run support he’s been getting from Boston’s offense. Not including yesterday, the Red Sox have scored six runs altogether in three games that Sale started, and hadn’t scored more than three for him until yesterday. This problem also came up yesterday, as the Red Sox failed to score until the ninth inning, when they scored just one run.
Craig Kimbrel was the only other pitcher to work yesterday, as he allowed one hit which was a home run to the first man he faced, blowing a save, on two innings pitched, striking out five batters. Kimbrel also snapped his save streak at 25 straight, but he did get the win in relief.
There isn’t really much to talk about when it comes to the Red Sox offense yesterday. They scored four runs on seven hits. However, everyone in the starting lineup had one hit except Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon. Nobody had more than one hit though. The top hitter of the game would be the red-hot Mookie Betts, who went 1-4 with 3 RBI’s. He hit the go-ahead three-run double in the tenth that ended up being enough to win the ballgame.
The Red Sox travel to Camden Yards today to take on the first place Baltimore Orioles. LHP Drew Pomeranz will take the mound for Boston, looking to improve upon his last start against Tampa. The Red Sox will look to get the best of opposing RHP Dylan Bundy. 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.
Photo: (New York Daily News)