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Last night the Red Sox started a three game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, but from the amount of people that were in attendance, you would think it was a Minor League game.
The Red Sox had their supposed ace, Chris Sale, pitching which you would think would be an easy win right? Wrong, Sale only pitched 5.2 innings gave up six hits, four runs, three walks, nine strikeouts, but gave up two homeruns.
Sale was visibly upset when Farrell took the ball in the 6th.
The Red Sox bats were relatively silent until the 9th inning, when Tropicana Field was even more empty of fans then before the game. The Red Sox used nine different pitchers last night. Last night’s game was certainly concerning with Chris Sale on the mound. In theory, it should have been a relatively easy win. However, with the win, the Red Sox remain three games ahead in the AL East.
Last night’s win was important, especially with Rick Porcello who has 17 losses on the season is pitching today.
It’s a scary win because it doesn’t establish confidence with Red Sox fans. If you struggle with the Rays, will Sale struggle with Houston, or Cleveland?
Though the Red Sox are a lock for the playoffs, the question is how deep will they be able to go.
I’m anxious to see how David Price does coming out of the bullpen, that should be interesting.