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Red Sox 5, Orioles 1: Chris Sale ejected after being lifted for jawing at umpire

John Tomase
June 13, 2018 - 6:40 pm
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Chris Sale had had enough.

The Red Sox ace, removed from the game after his second walk to open the seventh inning, decided to voice his displeasure with home plate umpire Brian Knight on Wednesday afternoon.

To say the situation escalated quickly would be an understatement. Sale shared a few choice words for Knight while leaving the field and was immediately ejected, prompting another round of shouts from Sale before he descended the dugout steps and left for the afternoon.

At that point, Sale's work was done. He allowed two hits and struck out nine over six-plus shutout innings in Boston's 5-1 win over the Orioles to complete a three-game sweep at Camden Yards.

Sale believed he had been squeezed on a number of calls, none more than 79 mph off-speed pitch to Craig Gentry that officially ended his afternoon. Replays showed the pitch slightly off the plate, but after being squeezed on prior pitches -- including ball four in the fourth to load the bases -- Sale let loose and Knight tossed him almost immediately.

That meant Sale departed under less-than-ideal circumstances, but it didn't change his effort in Boston's ninth victory against the Orioles in 10 tries. He walked a season-high four -- which probably played into his frustration with Knight -- but was basically untouchable otherwise.

The Red Sox received all of the offense they'd need off the bats of their two star sluggers, with Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez blasting their 18th and 22nd homers of the season, respectively.

Other offensive stars included Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, and Eduard Nunez, who recorded two hits apiece. Benintendi's two hits raised his average over .300, to .302.

 

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