Saturday, May 12, 2018

Red Sox Bullpen Wastes Sale Gem, Boston Falls To Toronto 5-3 In Extras

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Your ace strikes out fifteen opposition batters, and you lose. Chris Sale matched his career high in whiffs last night, and his teammates again denied him a well-deserved victory. The tall, lanky lefty struck six Jays in a row at one point—painting with his signature slider. He went nine innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. After the fifth inning, Boston hitters mustered just one hit off the Toronto bullpen. This was the kind of extra-inning loss that really stings—as The Bronx Embalmers lost and opened a pathway back to sole possession of first place. There were several squanders that could have put the game on ice—like Hanley Ramirez running through a stop sign to be nailed at the plate. Tonight's bullpen implosion came courtesy of Brian Johnson. On the bright side, Xander Bogaerts got his fourth HR of the season in the 5-3 loss.