Boston Red Sox Win in a Pitchers Duel Behind Chris Sale
It was one of those games on [Thursday] when runs came at a premium. Strike out Ace [Pitcher] Chris Sale was on the mound for the Red Sox and [Pitcher] Marco Estrada was on the mound for the Blue Jays. Both are number 1 starters. Both are extremely efficient Pitchers. Neither would give up a run. It was one of those games that would come down to whoever scored first. And they both came out with their best stuff. Just getting a hit off of either Pitcher was an accomplishment. They were pitching shutout innings and of course, Chris Sale was top notch.
His first scoring threat came in the 4th inning. There were runners on base in scoring position for the Blue Jays. Chris Sale had two outs in the inning. With a sudden rush of confidence, he easily struck out the next batter to end the inning. That was as close as the Blue Jays would get to scoring on Sale. Chris Sale came into the game with 21 games with +12 strikeouts, the most in the Majors for any Pitcher since the 2012 Season. He cruised easily to 13 strikeouts, making this his 38th game with +10 strikeouts. I mean this guy had one heck of a game. He deserved the win but the Red Sox couldn’t get the offense going. It was something that we have seen in the past as they have a 1.21 Runs Scored when Chris Sale pitches. This is something that the Red Sox need to work on. I mean Chris Sale was striking everyone out, he had 4 Ks on Bautista and 3 Ks on Saltalamacchia. He was pitching lights out and ended up giving up only 3 hits in 8 innings.
The tide turned in the top of the 9th when Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI double to bring in the go-ahead run. He was later called out on a Challenge Booth Review to end the inning but the Run still stood. Craig Kimbrel came into the game in the bottom of the 9th to close it out. He was on an incredible run in Save opportunities. Yet he was a little off against his first batter. Morales hit a Home Run against him to tie the game [1-1]. The game went into extra innings after Kimbrel struck out the side. The Red Sox put the pressure on and loaded up the bases for Mookie Betts. Betts hit his 100th Career Double to drive in all three base runners. It was a great hit down the Left Field line and now the Red Sox were up [4-1] in the 10th. Kimbrel came back in after giving up the blown Save and struck out the side for the win.
It was a wild day on the mound and Chris Sale was simply fantastic. The Red Sox will be looking for the same from him during his next start. With yesterday’s win, it puts the Sox 10-6 on the year and a series win against the Blue Jays. The Sox play Baltimore later today.