Chris Sale turns in second straight just OK Yankee Stadium start

Rob Bradford
May 31, 2019 - 9:38 pm

NEW YORK -- It was supposed to be one of the many perks of Chris Sale's existence.

The lefty always beat the Yankees, particularly at Yankee Stadium.

That narrative has officially been dented.

For the second time this season Sale managed just a so-so outing at the home of the Yankees, this time giving up four runs on seven hits over six innings. This after his April 16 outing in the Bronx in which he took the loss while allowing four runs over five frames.

"It’s not where we want to be. It’s not where I want to be," said Sale after the Red Sox dropped to 3-9 in his starts this season with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Yankees. "It’s not who I am. It’s not who I’ve ever been. I have to find a way to be better whether it’s going out there and throwing up more zeroes, being able to pick up my guys when we’re scuffling a little bit. If I was able to go out there and throw a complete game shutout, it’s picking them up. They’ve picked me up plenty of nights before. Just have to find a way. Got to be better."

Prior to this year the Red Sox ace absolutely dominated virtually every time he took the Yankee Stadium mound, having compiled a 1.86 ERA in seven starts. Last season his only regular-season appearance in New York resulted in seven innings of one-hit ball.

Making the ill-timed outing that much more frustrating for Sale and the Red Sox was how fairly dominant he had been throughout the entire month leading up to its final day. In five May starts he allowed just a .140 batting average and .507 OPS, striking out 56 of the 128 batters he faced.

Sale, who did strike out 10, allowed three of his runs to score in the third inning after the Red Sox took an early 1-0 lead on Rafael Devers' solo homer. The Yankees added one more in the fifth on a solo shot from D.J. LeMahieu.

For a complete recap of the series opener, click here.