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This was a stressful game for the Red Sox, but they were able to pick up the win and get another series win. Chris Sale wasn’t himself last night, but he was still able to get things done. This was a really good road trip for the team and I am glad they were able to end it with a win.
Like I said, Chris Sale didn’t look great last night. It seemed like he didn’t have his best stuff and has been like that for most of his starts this season. I do think he will be able to fix it. He is still getting wins and that is the most important thing. I am sure that Chris Sale would rather pitch a decent game and get the win instead of pitching phenomenally and losing.
The scoring for the Blue Jays started in the first inning after the Jays were able to start a little bit of a rally with one out to load the bases. Kevin Pillar was able to hit a deep fly ball to score one run to give Toronto the lead.
In the second inning, the Blue Jays were able to put another run on the board when Devon Travis smacked a home run over the left field fence. In the next inning, Sale gave up another home run. This time, Justin Smoak was able to lift a ball just barely over the fence. After three innings, the Blue Jays had a 3-0 lead.
The Red Sox offense couldn’t get anything going in the early innings against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada. The Red Sox were able to get something going in the top half of the third after a Brock Holt double. With two outs, Andrew Benintendi came up to the plate and hit an RBI double to give the Red Sox their first run of the game. The inning ended with another baserunning mistake as Benintendi was picked off.
The next inning, the Red Sox were able to cut the lead down to one run after a J.D. Martinez single, a Eduardo Nunez double and a Rafael Devers sacrifice fly.
In the fifth inning, Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez both singled with two outs to bring up Martinez. Martinez got ahold of a high fastball and drove it over the right field fence to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.
Just Dingers = Just Taking the Lead 💪 pic.twitter.com/D5Ba2w1SfB
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 27, 2018
The bullpen was able to hold the Blue Jays from only scoring one run. It was a very stressful last few innings for the Red Sox as the bullpen found themselves in a couple of jams. Fortunately, the Red Sox were able to escape the jams and pull out the victory.
After a long road trip, the Red Sox are finally back at Fenway Park tonight against the Rays. The weather doesn’t look great for the game tonight. If the game does happen, first pitch will be at 7:05 PM ET.