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Chris Sale gives Red Sox five-plus solid innings in Game 1 vs. Yankees

John Tomase
October 05, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Chris Sale gave the Red Sox virtually everything they could've reasonably expected.

Asked to record 18 outs, Sale delivered 16 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series vs. the Yankees.

He departed with one out in the sixth and two on, with the Red Sox leading 5-0. Both runners ended up scoring, leaving Sale's final line at 5 1/3 innings, five hits, and two runs. He struck out eight and walked two.

With questions over Sale's velocity, he averaged over 95 mph on his fastball over his first five innings before tiring in the sixth. He opened the game by striking out Andrew McCutchen and Aaron Judge looking before walking Aaron Hicks and striking out Giancarlo Stanton swinging.

Sale pounded the strike zone and had the Yankees fishing for his vicious slider. He threw 93 pitches, 61 strikes.