Frustrating, frustrating loss
I am going to be honest and say what every Red Sox fan is thinking right now: last night’s game sucked. Another excellent Chris Sale start goes to waste. Sale was on it tonight and did phenomenal after settling in. The Red Sox offense wasn’t there most of the night, which explains why Chris Sale couldn’t get the win. Overall, it was just a really frustrating loss.
Like I said, Chris Sale was excellent tonight. After a pretty shaky start to the game, Sale was able to settle in and be himself. The Blue Jays came out swinging and were able to get to Sale early in the game and score a couple of runs. Thankfully, Sale was able to make a few adjustments and settle in.
The Red Sox offense started off hitting Blue Jays starter, Aaron Sanchez. The offense had a really good first inning. They were able to score one run and if we are being honest, it should have been more than that. After the first inning, the Red Sox offense disappeared for a while.
A really frustrating moment came in the third inning after Hanley Ramirez’s walk. J.D. Martinez then came up and hit a shot to right-center that was inches away from being a home run. Ramirez tried to score, but failed and was thrown out, ending the inning. However, the next inning Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run home run to give the Red Sox a one-run lead.
Chris Sale settled in and dealt for the next few innings barely running into any trouble. It seemed like it was strike out after strike out for the Red Sox ace. But, Luke Maile came up in the seventh inning and homered over the wall in left field to tie the game up.
Chris Sale came back out for the eighth and ninth and dominated. Chris Sale ended the night with 9 innings pitched, 3 earned runs, 0 walks and 15 strikeouts. Like I said earlier, what a wasted effort.
The Red Sox bullpen worries me now. Barnes came in for the 10th, but was able to prevent the Blue Jays from scoring any runs. Same thing goes for Carson Smith in the 11th. Brian Johnson did not pitch as well as the other two relievers, however. Johnson came in and walked the first batter. The next at-bat, Luke Maile, hit a home run for the walk-off.
There isn’t really anything else to say about this game. It was really frustrating and I just want to put this one behind us. The Red Sox will look to bounce back in the second game of the series with David Price on the mound. First pitch will be at 4:07 PM ET.
Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 5