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See what happens when you score runs!
The Red Sox offense was finally able to put up some runs for the starting pitcher and the bullpen looked decent. That’s what you need to do to get wins. If this team can do just that, they can be really good.
Chris Sale wasn’t quite himself in last night’s start. He was a little wild and was missing his spots. He walked quite a few batters, but also struck out a lot too. It was just a weird night for the Red Sox ace.
Sale’s first inning took a little while to get through, but he ended the inning with three strikeouts. Over the next couple innings, Sale worked his pitch count pretty high, but was able to get out of the innings without giving up any damage.
On the offensive side of things, the bats got going pretty early. Mookie Betts started the game off with a single down the line that he was able to get to second base on after the left fielder bobbled the ball. Andrew Benintendi then ripped a single to right field putting runners on first and third for Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez did his job and scored Betts on a ground ball. With a runner on second, J.D. Martinez came up to the plate and smacked a home run to center field to give the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead. Nothing happened for the offense for quite awhile, which is nothing new for this team.
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In the fifth inning, Sale got in some trouble. He walked the first batter he faced. After a strikeout, Marcus Semien came up to the plate. Sale threw a fastball that Semien drove over the Monster that cut the Red Sox lead to one run. Sale finished the inning without giving up anything else. Sale wouldn’t come back out for the sixth inning. He ended the night going five innings allowing two runs on two hits, four walks and nine strikeouts. It is important to note that four walks is the most he has had in a Red Sox uniform.
Matt Barnes came out to pitch in the sixth inning for the team. He looked solid and didn’t allow any damage.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning, the Red Sox offense was able to string together a couple good at-bats to put runners on first and second for Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts took a slider over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a three-run lead.
Heath Hembree came out for the seventh inning and gave up a solo-shot the first batter he faced. Fortunately, that was the only run Hembree allowed. Joe Kelly came out for the eighth and looked solid after allowing a leadoff walk. Craig Kimbrel then came in the ninth for a save opportunity. He gave up a solo home run to leadoff the inning, but then got three quick outs to end the game.
The Red Sox will be back in action tonight against the Baltimore Orioles at 7:10 PM ET. David Price will be on the hill in tonight’s game. It would really help the Red Sox out in the standings if they could get at least three wins in this series.