Boston Red Sox Win Behind Chris Sale‘s 200th Strikeout
On Friday night in Los Angeles, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Angels 6-2.
Red Sox Ace, Chris Sale, was on the mound for Boston. Sale tossed 6 innings giving up 4 base hits while walking 2 and striking out 9 batters. 6 innings for Sale without giving up any runs is relatively a short outing. Sale had a high pitch count due to extended at-bats. When he exited the game his pitch count was at 112 pitches, 72 of them for strikes.
During Sale’s outing, he struck out his 200th batter of the season. His 200th k came on the last batter he faced on the night.
Sale On Historic Run That Rivals A Hall Of Famer
Sale’s season may feel eerily familiar to Red Sox fans, and that is because it is nearly identical to one Pedro Martinez had in 1999.
Sale 141.1 IP- 2.48 ERA- 0.89 WHIP 26 BB- 200 K
Pedro 141.1 IP- 2.48 ERA- 1.02 WHIP 25 BB- 194 K
Another way Pedro and Sale are similar is that they are the only pitchers in Red Sox history to reach 200k’s in 20 starts or fewer. Sale in 2017, and Martinez in 2000.
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Don’t ask Sale about his season though.
“I’m not here to talk about that crap, man. We’ve got a long way to go.”
Defensively, Sale had some support from Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
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“I literally looked at Brock and I was like, what’s wrong with that guy? It seems like he makes a great catch and it’s like, alright, that’s the best one. Then he makes another catch and it’s like. OK, that’s the best one. It seems like he’s always raising the bar. It’s fun to watch. He loves doing that too. Not only to be on the TV but he likes doing that for us and for our team. That’s fun. That’s a double, probably a triple. That’s the first battter of the game. So you’re talking about the difference of pitching out of the stretch or having one out. That’s huge. That’s a big-time play by a big-time player.
Martin gave up the first Angel run of the night by allowing a solo home run to Martin Maldonado in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the ninth with Barnes entering his second inning of work, Ben Revere singled to center field to drive in Anaheims second run of the night.
Martin went 1.1 innings giving up 1 earned runs on 2 hits and 1 walked batter. Barnes went 1.2 innings giving up 1 earned run on 1 hit and a walk while striking out one batter.
Boston’s offense came out hot scoring 5 of their 6 runs in the first inning.
Andrew Benintendi started things off with a grounder to left field for a single driving in Mookie Betts with Benintendi moving to second on the throw home. Mitch Moreland continued things by singling out to right field scoring Benintendi.
Then with Xander Bogaerts at the plate, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco threw a wild pitching scoring Moreland and moving Hanley Ramirez to second base. Bogaerts proceeded to single on the line to right field driving in Hanley.
Boston’s offensive assault halted after Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to right field scoring Bogaerts.
John Farrell‘s offense sixth and final run of the night came in the top of the 4th inning with Betts singling to left field scoring Bradley Jr.
One thing that has really stood out in the last couple of games has been Boston’s ability to hit better with RISP. On Friday, Red Sox hitters went 4-for-7 with RISP.
With the win, the Boston Red Sox move to 55-43 on the season and hold onto 1st place in the AL East with a 4 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.
On Saturday the Red Sox will face the Angels for game 2 of the series with David Price (5-2, 3.39) on the mound taking on JC Ramirez (8-8, 4.54)