Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Red Sox Bats Fail Sale Again, Leave 11 Runners On Base, Fall to Twinkies, 6-2

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Maybe it's psychological. The Red Sox might think they don't need to score with Chris Sale on the mound. Unfortunately, that's not how baseball works—you actually have to touch home plate occasionally to win. Last night, Boston stranded 11 runners on base on the way to a frustrating 6-2 loss to the Twins. They did take the lead briefly on a mammoth solo HR by Rafael Devers—but, uncharacteristically, Sale gave the lead right back to Minnesota. Boston hitters went a pathetic 2-13 with runners in scoring position. That's pretty much all you need to know about this one. Adding fuel to the fire was the return of Robbie Scott, who put two runners on to start the in a 2-2 ballgame in the seventh—leading to a four-run Twins uprising. Sale was impressive—going seven innings and giving up just three hits, while striking out eleven. The Evil Ones won, of course, so the Red Sox are a full game out of first place in the American League East.