White Sox ace Chris Sale threw 127 pitches in seven innings on Thursday night. Sale walked three, gave up only one earned run and struck out 10 Red Sox hitters. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Xander Bogaerts hit a monster home run to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
The Sox lost, 3-1.
In a game that resembles the 2013 season for the Chicago White Sox, the Sox lost their second straight to the Boston Red Sox. Two late runs once again plagued the Sox against the defending champions.
The first five innings were nothing but Chris Sale and Jon Lester putting on a pitching clinic. They each took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, while Lester took to a perfect game into the sixth. The two left-handers combined for just eight hits given up and 19 strikeouts. Sale went seven innings, while Lester went eight.
The game was tied heading to the ninth, where Boston took advantage of a bad White Sox bullpen. After back-to-back singles by Mike Napoli and Mike Carp, David Ross drilled the go-ahead RBI double off Ronald Belisario to give Boston a 2-1 lead.
After an intentional walk to load the bases with one out, Jonathan Herrera bunted a ball that Scott Downs seemingly just let go past him. Grady Sizemore scored and that was all she wrote at U.S. Cellular Field.
- Adam Eaton. That’s all I have to stay. Just watch: Eaton’s home run-robbing snag.
- Alexei Ramirez set the White Sox franchise record with his 16th straight game with a hit to begin the season. Ramirez has 20 straight games with a hit, dating back to last season.
- Chris Sale’s 10-strikeout outing was the 11th double-digit strikeout performance in his young career already.
- The White Sox bullpen is bad. Yes, I know that you know that. I just wanted to stress it again.
The glass is half-full.
White Sox/MLB.com beat writer Scott Merkin kept things in a positive perspective for White Sox fans with this tweet:
Here's one to put White Sox fan at ease: The Blue Jays bullpen just walked eight Twins during a six-run eighth inning. In one inning
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 18, 2014