Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale spins another gem that gets blown by a rare dud performance by Craig Kimbrel – Sox lose 4 – 1
There are no words to describe what Chris Sale has been able to do in Boston. There are also no words to describe the frustration fans and Sale both must feel when he pitches the way he did against the Yankees and not getting the win. After another marvelous performance going 7 2/3rd’s innings, allowing no earned runs on three hits, walking two batters, and striking out 13.
The Yankees got a run in the top of the 9th inning off of Craig Kimbrel who could not shut the door for his 24th save instead getting his 3rd blown save this season. It’s his 2nd blown save over his last three starts. The only thing more frustrating or close to it was the botched blown call by the umpires failing to call an interference play. It’s the second straight night that umpires have not really done their jobs justice.
The Red Sox started off the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a Mitch Moreland sacrifice fly driving in Mookie Betts. That was it until the 9th inning when Matt Holliday hit a game-tying solo home run off of Kimbrel. The score was deadlocked at one run a piece until the top of the 16th inning when the Yankees piled on three more runs going on for the eventual victory 4 – 1.
Sale was once again locked in striking out over 10 batters for the third consecutive time and hitting the 10+ mark for the 5th time over his last six starts. You can just tell that when it gets warmer he’s gonna get ever hotter. Sale allowed no runners for the 2nd time in his last three starts. He’s willing the Red Sox into first place. There is no one close to him as far as best pitcher in the American League goes, not even close.
An odd play took place in the 11th inning which is drawing the ire of the Red Sox and their fans. The home plate umpire was missing calls left and right against the Sox last night and today the entire crew needs to be reprimanded for blowing what was an obvious interference call. During the inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grounder to Moreland who threw to Xander Bogaerts at 2nd base who fired back to 1st base for the 3-6-3 double play but was obstructed by Holliday.
Holliday was out after Moreland threw the ball to second base. Holliday should have bowed out off the baseline or ducked as the ball was clearly coming back in his direction for the attempted double play. The ball unfortunately hit Ellsbury but he should have been ruled out after the play. No one knows what the umpiring crew was looking at because the fact that Ellsbury was safe showed us that they weren’t doing their job.
No one knows what Holliday was thinking or if he was even thinking at all. Seeing some high fives in the dugout would have been a clear indication that he created the obstruction on purpose. Trying to give your team chances to win is fine but not when you bend the rules. Personally, I think he needs to spend some time practicing base running. That no call was brutal.
With the Yankees winning the second game of a four game series, the Sox will now have to play two games tomorrow on very limited rest. Luckily for the Sox, David Price has been pitching much better and is expected to close out the series tomorrow night on a high note. That will definitely come in handy considering the bullpen is exhausted and reliever Joe Kelly just hit the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
CC Sabathia and Rick Porcello will face off against one another tomorrow at 1:05 PM for the third game. The Red Sox will look to get back on track then. Porcello has been doing well with getting quality starts doing so in his 16 starts. The final game of the series will take place at 8:05 PM with Masahiro Tanaka taking on Price. Both starting pitchers will be able to give the bullpen a much needed day off.
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