Boston Red Sox Defeat Royals To Capture 1st Place In The American League East Behind Sales Excellent Start
On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox played the Kansas City Royals in game 2 of the three game set in Kansas City. Chris Sale was on the mound for Boston and when it was all said and done, the Red Sox won 8-3.
Sale went 8 and 1.3 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits while striking out 10 Royals batters. Two of the three runs Sale allowed came in the 9th inning where he was then pulled for Fernando Abad who recorded the last two outs of the game. With the win Sale’s record moves to 9-3, but he was not happy about his performance on Tuesday night.
“It sucks, man. I wanted to get that one. I don’t like telling the manager I can go out there and get it for him and not get it done. I wasn’t able to get the bullpen a full day off.”
” I don’t want to tell John I can go do something and it don’t get done. That goes for anything. I’ll never settle. When you start settling you get complacent and when you get complacent you suck. It’s not my style.
” I was a little pissed off. You get over it, obviously, because we’re still winning the game. Once the last out is recorded, we’re all smiles”
Offensively though, Sale had all the support he needed. The Boston Red Sox offense had 13 hits in the game with Chris Young, Xander Bogearts, Sandy Leon, and Deven Marrero all recording multi-hit games. 6 Red Sox batters recorded RBIs in the affair, including the recently called up Sam Travis and Deven Marrero.
Travis and Marrero were called up from Pawtucket earlier in the day and their journey to get to Kansas City was an interesting one to say the least.
Both of them woke up early and traveled to Logan together to try and get a flight out. But weather cancellations paired with trying to get a direct flight meant the players had to sit around the airport waiting for the Red Sox to find a way out.
“Me and Sammy just grinded it out. Played some cards. Had Starbucks like three times,” Marrero said.
Vice president of major league and minor league operations Raquel Ferreira was the one trying to get them out, and she arranged for a private plane out of Hanscom Field in Bedford. The two players were able to rush over there and get on the private plane to make it to the clubhouse in Kansas City just 2 1/2 hours before first pitch.
“To see those guys walk off an airplane here at [4:30] in the afternoon, right in the lineup and contribute as they did, it was a much-needed lift,” manager John Farrell said.