Chris Sale’s Game 2 ends after one round
Chris Sale’s start in Game 2 of ALDS was short-lived.
The Red Sox’s left ace had only one run, giving up five runs with four strokes, one walk, and two downstrokes.
Tampa Bay’s bats got a sale from the jump. Randy Arrozarina hit Sally’s first pitch in the game, at 94 mph, to the left of center for one. On Sale’s second pitch, Wander Franco hit—hitting from the right side of the board—slithering at 78 mph into right field.
He bounced off the sale again to hit Brandon Lowe, throwing a slider over all five pitches. But he walked the Nelson Cruz route on four pitches to load the bases. Yande Diaz singled out on the right in the next match to score for Arosarina.
The lowest point of sale came against Jordan Lobleau. The right-handed first knockout quickly dropped 0-2 in the count, but on the third court, he pulled the fastball 94 mph to the left for a 387 ft. Grand Slam, giving Reyes a 5-2 lead.
To add to Sale’s low point, Ludlow’s average hit against the left this season was just 0.167.
Sale knocked out the next hitters, pushing Manuel Margo out and hitting Michael Zunino to finish the round. That was the end of Sale’s day, making it only the second time in his career that he had scored just one run at the start. The other time it happened was on September 11, 2018, when he was pulled early on his first start since returning from injury.
The start of the short sale on Friday comes after he made 2 1/3 of the innings against the national team on Sunday. On that start, he allowed two runs with four strokes, three walks, and seven strokes.
On his last start against the Rays, Sale allowed five runs (one earned) 10 hits, one, walk, and six hits over 3 2/3 innings.
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