Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sale Brilliant Again, Red Sox Pounce Early, Win, 6-2

(AP Photo)
OK, now, we're becoming jaded. We expect Chris Sale to deliver CyYoung-quality starts every five days. And delver he did on Friday night—blanking the hapless Angels for six innings in Boston's 6-2 win. The tall, thin lefty gave up just four hits, walking two and striking out nine. Boston jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead, and Angel manager Mike Scioscia must have known that—with Sale on the hill—the horse had left the barn. The Red Sox offense was led by Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Mookie Betts (each with two hits and an RBI). Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts also had RBIs. The win pushed Boston's AL East division lead to 3.5 games over Tampa and The Evil Ones.