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Boston Red Sox Offense Fails Chris Sale Once Again

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Boston Red Sox Offense Fail Chris Sale Once Again, Sale Had Teams Only Extra Base Hit

The inconsistency of the Boston Red Sox was once again on full display on Thursday night with the offense failing to provide ace Chris Sale with a run.

In the fourth and final game against the Philadelphia Phillies the Boston Red Sox were defeated at Citizens Bank Park 1-0. This came even though starter Chris Sale went eight innings for Boston allowing Manager John Farrell to not use his overworked bullpen.

While Sale’s night was impressive, the lack of offensive support for him is very troubling. The Phillies pitching staff theld Red Sox batters to five hits and three walks through 9 innings.

In Sale’s eight innings, the left-handed ace only allowed one run on four hits and struck out ten Phillies batters. At the plate Sale was also competent with the starter going 1-for-3 with the lone Sox extra base hit with a double to lead off the eighth inning.

Offense Fails To Knock In Runners

The Red Sox offense went 1-8 with runners in scoring position with the lone hit with RISP was Mookie Betts who singled to left field and had a chance to drive in Sandy Leon who ended up getting gunned out trying to get to home on the play.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Phillies opting to pinch hit and in turn Ty Kelly doubled in Andrew Knapp.

Sale Impresses Once Again For Boston Red Sox

Sale’s ERA lowers to 2.82 and his record falls to 8-3. Thursday’s loss was his first recorded loss since April 27th against the New York Yankees.

The Red Sox offense has had some duds for Sale. Four games with two or fewer runs scored. But he has also received seven games of five runs or higher in support with three of those games being north of 10 runs. Through 14 starts this season, Sale is everything Boston has needed in an ace.

A Look Ahead:

With the loss Boston moves to 37-29 and will now head to the city of Houston to take on the first place Astros (45-22) for a weekend series that starts Friday night with Drew Pomeranz facing off with Mike Fiers.

Game 2’s projected starter is Rick Porcello vs. David Paulino and the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball will have a match-up of David Price and Joe Musgrove.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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