Game Recap: Chris Sale is dominant as the Red Sox complete the sweep

Chris Sale was great in this start.  Mookie and J.D. helped him out too.

The Red Sox started the road trip off on a great note as they swept the Baltimore Orioles.  Yesterday’s game was the best game of this road trip so far.  The pitching was great, the offense was good, it was an excellent team win.  It was nice to see the Red Sox offense finally provide Chris Sale with run support.  It was also awesome to see Chris Sale get ejected from the game.


Chris Sale pitched phenomenally in this one.  He looked great right from the get-go.  In the first three innings, Sale dominated.  He never had any trouble.  The only thing the Orioles could get off of Sale in those first few innings was a couple of walks.

The offense was pretty quiet in the first couple of innings.  Things for the offense didn’t get started until the third.  Mookie Betts homered on a full count after Jackie Bradley Jr. made the first out of the inning.  Betts’ home run gave the Red Sox a one run lead.

After Betts’ home run, Chris Sale may have felt a little trouble.  Sale worked his pitch count up in this inning, but only gave up a single and a walk.  After the fourth, Sale got into a bit of a groove.  In the fifth, Sale pitched a ten-pitch inning.  In the next inning, Sale allowed a hit, but then got three quick outs to get out of the inning.  Sale went back out for the seventh, but then began to have some issues and was taken out of the game.  However, on the way back to the dugout, Sale was ejected from the game after yelling at the home plate umpire.  One of the runners that Sale allowed ended up scoring that inning.  That would be the only run charged to the Red Sox ace.

Meanwhile, the offense got into a little bit of a rally in the fifth inning.  Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi both drew walks.  A wild pitch advanced both runners to put them in scoring position.  Xander Bogaerts then came up and hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run.  J.D. Martinez followed with a walk the next at-bat. Rafael Devers came up to the plate next and hit an RBI single to extend the lead to three runs.  Eduardo Nunez then came up and hit an RBI single of his own to give Boston a 4-0 lead.

The Red Sox were able to put one more run on the board the next inning on a J.D. Martinez home run.  Martinez hit one of his signature opposite field home runs for his 22nd of the season.

The Red Sox bullpen held onto the lead without allowing another run to score the rest of the game to complete the sweep.  On to Seattle!


The Red Sox will be in action tomorrow night in Seattle.  David Price will be on the hill for the Red Sox.  First pitch will be at 10:05 PM ET.

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