Nine in a row!
Another night, another win for this Red Sox team. These guys have been on fire recently and they continued their winning streak on Wednesday night. Chris Sale was phenomenal in this one (like always). Sale tossed seven strong innings that led the Red Sox to victory. Another great night for the Red Sox ace.
The first couple innings didn’t look great for the Red Sox. Chris Sale was working deep into counts and driving up his pitch count, while the bats couldn’t get anything going. However, it didn’t take too long for Chris Sale to turn it around.
Like I said, Sale started the game off with some shaky command. He was able to settle in after a couple innings and get into a rhythm. After the second inning, here is how the next few went for the ace: 1-2-3 third, scoreless fourth after giving up a single and striking out three batters in the fifth.
The offense started off relatively slow. After stranding a run in the first, Xander Bogaerts led the second off with a single. Bogaerts would score thanks to the Rangers’ defense. A few bad errors would help give the Red Sox the lead. The offense didn’t get anything else going until the fifth. In this inning, they were able to start a rally. Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi both singled to lead things off. J.D. Martinez followed with a double down the line to score both Betts and Benintendi. This would give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Bogaerts then hit a triple to score Martinez extending the Red Sox lead to four runs. This would end up being it for the Red Sox offense in the game.
Chris Sale got in some trouble in the sixth. The ace started the inning off by allowing a double and a single to put runners on the corners. However, Sale struck out the next batter and got a big double play to end the inning.
Sale came back out for the seventh inning and gave up a single to lead the inning off. He followed it up by striking out the next three batters. That would be the night for Chris Sale. He tossed seven shutout innings, striking out 12. That is a pretty good start, in my honest opinion.
Heath Hembree came out of the bullpen for the eighth inning. Hembree got a quick out to begin the inning, but after giving up a pair of singles and throwing a wild pitch, the Rangers were on the board. Hembree struck out one more batter before giving up a double and walking a batter. That would end Hembree’s night.
Alex Cora opted to bring in closer Craig Kimbrel with the bases loaded and two outs. Kimbrel came in and threw four straight balls to walk in a run. However, Kimbrel came back and struck out Joey Gallo to escape the jam and get out of the inning. Kimbrel came back out for the ninth with a 4-2 lead and struck out the side to end the game and give the Red Sox their ninth straight win and their third straight series sweep.
The Red Sox will look to extend their winning streak to ten games tomorrow night against the Toronto Blue Jays. David Price will be making the start for the Red Sox while the offense will go up against Marco Estrada. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.