Chris Sale Has a Stellar Performance But the Boston Red Sox Fail to Score
On [Friday] Ace Starter Chris Sale pitched for the Bo Sox. He had a heck of a start, allowing just 2 Runs on 7 Hits, against the Oakland A’s. He was dialed into the strike zone and had another 10 K performance. It was a record 8 consecutive +10 Strikeout games. Last night he became the only Pitcher to ever do it twice. Pedro Martinez tops that list at 10 consecutive games but he also came into a game in relief during that stretch. Sale went 7 Innings and left the game at a [2-2] tie.
The Red Sox had trouble driving in Runs against the Athletics. They seem to always struggle to give Sale the needed Run support. Last night was no different. Some missed opportunities came in the middle part of the game, when the Red Sox had the bases loaded. Hanley Ramirez was at the plate. He hit a liner down the 3rd Base line. The Athletics Third Baseman made a remarkable play to get Hanley out, and end the inning. Then there was a play in the 9th with the game tied at [2-2] where they had a man on 1st and 3rd. Unfortunately Dustin Pedroia grounded out, ending the inning. It was disappointing. I mean there were so many close plays for the Red Sox on offense. All they needed was one more Run to win the game.
In the bottom of the 9th Craig Kimbrel came into the game. Now this is a guy who has been on fire all year long. He has 268 Saves in 6 years, which is the best in the League. You knew that he would pitch lights out, and he did of course. Yet the game was still tied at [2-2]. There was one amazing play in that inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. robbed a Homer to center field. I mean seriously, he timed it perfectly to jump above the wall, reach out and catch it. It was incredible. But a play like that wasn’t going to give them the lead. It only postponed the inevitable.
Extra Innings came and the Sox were up at bat. In the 10th Inning they could only manage a Single against Oakland pitching. All they needed was one Run and to shut out the side. But that didn’t happen. On the next half inning Mark Canha hit a walk off Home Run against Heath Hembree to end the game [3-2]. There was no way JBJ could rob this one, as it was an absolute bomb. The disappointing loss comes after a steller performance by Sale, who pitched his heart out,