The Red Sox were thwarted for a second attempt at winning four games in a row. This loss stunned, in walkoff fashion. The instant reaction would be to blame Devers, as his defensive woes continue. But Brasier didn’t do himself any favors afterwards. Good closers pick up their teammates after an error is committed. Plus it shouldn’t even have been a save situation. The Sox had 15 baserunners (8 Hits, 7 Walks), and only scored four runs. With RISP, Sox batters were 0 for 9.
Chris Sales takes the mound for the Red Sox. It’s May 3rd and Sale is still looking for his first Win of the season, currently holding a ghastly record of 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA. An even startling stat is that he has only struck out 32 batters in 30 innings. For Sale, that number Ks is unacceptable.
His last start against Tampa Bay ended up being the longest he has gone into a game (7 innings). While he gave up four runs, only two were earned. Pitching in his old home ballpark tonight, let’s hope it can revitalize the Sale we truly know. As opposed to the stranger that wore the Sale jersey in April.
Reynaldo Lopez takes the ball for the White Sox. Lopez also endured a rough start to the season, hence his current ERA of 6.03. But he has definitely shown that he’s shaking off the early season cobwebs. He is coming off of a masterful performance against the Tigers on Sunday. In his six inning start, the young righty struck out 14 batters on his way to his 2nd Win of the season. Have to hope there is no carry over from last night’s RISP difficulties. Capitalize when you get men on base.
First Pitch – 8:10 ET !!!
Chris Sale — Career vs Chicago White Sox in 2 starts, 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA. In those two starts, he has given up 7 Runs (6 ER) off of 16 Hits & 3 Walks in 13 innings, while striking out 19 White Sox batters. Career at Guaranteed Rate Field in 118 games (77 starts), 43-24 with a 3.06 ERA.
Chicago White Sox:
Jose Abreu – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 2 RBIs, 2 Walks
Yonder Alonso – 0 for 6, 3 Ks
Tim Anderson – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) RBI, 3 Ks
Wellington Castillo – 0 for 3, 2 Ks
Ryan Cordell —–
Nicky Delmonico —–
Adam Engel —–
Leury Garcia – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) RBI, K
James McCann – 4 for 29 (.138 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 8 Ks
Yoan Moncada – 0 for 3, 2 Ks
Jose Rondon – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) 2 Ks
Yolmer Sanchez – 0 for 2, Walk
Reynaldo Lopez — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. In that start, Lopez pitched 6.1 innings of 2 Run ball (1 ER), avoiding danger as he walked three and gave up six hits. He struck out six Sox batters in that start. Career at Guaranteed Rate Field in 24 starts, 6-6 with a 4.01 ERA.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, Walk
Mookie Betts —–
Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 3, K
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 2
Michael Chavis —–
Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk, K
Sandy Leon – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, K
Tzu-Wei Lin —–
J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double
Mitch Moreland – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk, K
Steve Pearce – 0 for 1, Walk
Christian Vazquez —–