Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sale Fans 12; Red Sox Sweep O's, 4-1; Now 50 Games Over .500 With 85 Wins

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This is starting to get crazy. With today's 4-1 win over the hapless Orioles, the Red Sox got their 85th win of the year and now sit 50 games over .500 for the first time since 1946. Chris Sale—fresh off the disabled list—worked a truncated five innings, during which he struck out 12 Birds. Sale’s 0.20 ERA over his last seven starts is the lowest by a Red Sox pitcher since ERA became an official stat in 1913. Absolutely sick. The still shaky Boston bullpen turned a 2-0 'laugher' with Sale solidly in control into a cardiac win. Boston started the scoring when Steve Pearce socked his 6th HR as a Carmine Hoser and later tacked on another run after a J.D. Martinez double and an error. It was a tenuous 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, when (after a key Eduardo Nunez stolen base), Jackie Bradley, Jr. smacked an RBI single to make it 3-1. Mookie Betts followed with an RBI double scoring JBJ all the way from first for a seemingly comfortable 4-1 edge. But Craig Kimbrel is just not the same these days. Despite eventually striking out the side, he allowed two base runners (a walk and a single) and had to face the tying run at the plate. Boston's win keeps their lead in the American League East at 9.5 games over The Pinstriped Posers. After an off-day, the Sox travel to The City Of Brotherly Love for a brief two-game set with the surprising Phillies starting on Tuesday.