In what felt like forever, the Sox got a flat out dominant start from one of their starting five. Going eight strong innings, Sale completely silenced the Angels bats while striking out 13 batters. He became just the 15 pitcher to have seven consecutive 200+ K seasons. And he gave the doubters a reminder, that stud pitchers CAN have down years. Verlander in 2014 had a 4.54 ERA…. Since then, he’s been Justin $&^#@ Verlander.

In his third season with the Sox, Sale is already 18th all time in franchise history with 751 Ks. He is 219 Ks away from moving past Bill Monbouquette, putting him in Top 10 list. Very intrigued to see how high he can go on this list throughout the next five plus years.

Brian Johnson takes the mound for the Sox, filling in for the injured David Price. It’s been a frustrating & injury riddled yr for Johnson, who owns a 6.88 ERA in 8 games (3 starts). Last Saturday he made his return to the ball club against the Yankees, and gave up 3 ER in three innings as essentially the “opener” in what was a bullpen game for both teams. Johnson’s best outing by far this season, was a No Decision facing the Blue Jays. In that start he went five innings, giving up one run (not earned) off of four hits, striking out four batters.

Jaime Barria takes the ball for the Angels. Last season in his rookie campaign, Barria had a record of just 10-9, but held his own with a solid 3.41 ERA in 26 starts. This yr however, he has spent bulk of time in Triple A, pitching in just 11 games (6 starts) for the Angels. He has had his fair share of troubles when given a chance, posting a 6.36 ERA. Barria has already allowed TWELVE homeruns in 46.2 innings pitched.

First Pitch – 7:10pm ET !!!

Brian Johnson — Career vs Los Angeles Angels in 2 games (1 start), 1.29 ERA. In those two games, has given up 1 ER off of 4 Hits & 3 Walks in seven innings, striking out five batters. Career at Fenway Park in 27 games (12 starts), 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA.

Los Angeles Angels:

Kole Calhoun – 0 for 2

David Fletcher – 1 for 2  (.500 avg)

Brian Goodwin —–

Shohei Ohtani —–

Albert Pujols – 0 for 2

Luis Rengifo —–

Kevan Smith – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) RBI

Max Stassi —–

Matt Thaiss —–

Wilfredo Tovar —–

Mike Trout – 0 for 1, 2 Walks

Justin Upton – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) RBI

Jamie Barria — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. In that one start, he gave up 2 ER off of 4 Hits & 2 Walks in 5.1 innings, striking out four batters. That start took place at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 3

Mookie Betts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, Walk

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 2, K

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, RBI

Brock Holt – 0 for 2, K

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez – 0 for 2, Walk

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 2, K

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)