Saturday, May 20, 2017

Red Sox Ring Up A "No Sale" Again, Fall To A's, 3-2

(AP Photo)
Chris Sale is probably thinking he should have kept his old hosiery. That white variety have scored just 12 fewer runs than his new carmine variety have—you know the juggernaut that was supposed to meet the Cubs in the World Series. Not looking bloody likely. The Red Sox continued their Left Coast Lethargy with a painful 3-2 loss to a really bad Oakland team at the Mausoleum By The Bay. Ahead 2-0 in the fifth, Sale started to become human—ultimately giving up two runs. Apparently, he has to be immaculate with this team behind him. Sale went on to finish seven innings—chalking up his eighth straight game of at least 10 strikeouts. But, as Sale aptly put it, "Peripheral stats don't matter in this game. I know people love crunching numbers and they love talking about this and that. They're flashy, they're cool but at the end of the day they don't matter." Boston's offense came solely from a two-run HR by Mitch Moreland. In the ninth, Jackie Bradley, Jr. made a game-saving catch—pulling back a HR almost coughed up by Craig Kimbrel. All in all, a crappy night on the road.