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.
At least we will always have Chris Sale’s double pic.twitter.com/UBAg4tQJ4R
— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) June 16, 2017
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.
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.