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Chris Sale lasts only four innings in wild Game 1 outing in ALCS

John Tomase
October 13, 2018 - 9:51 pm

Chris Sale did not look like Chris Sale on Saturday night. Not even close.

The Red Sox ace started Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros and failed to deliver. Sale was lifted after four innings thanks to an uncharacteristically wild start that saw him walk four and hit a batter.

He limited the damage to two runs because he only allowed one hit -- a two-run single by George Springer in the second with Joe Kelly warming when it looked like Sale might not record six outs.

He limited the damage from there and regained his footing by retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced, but with the Red Sox hoping for a vintage Sale outing, they instead found themselves trailing 2-0 against dominant Astros starter Justin Verlander with their bullpen on the hook for the final five innings.

Sale threw 86 pitches, 50 strikes. He was consistently wild with both his fastball and slider.