Chris Sale hits low point in start at Yankee Stadium

Rob Bradford
August 03, 2019 - 3:05 pm

Just when it appeared a bad season couldn't get any worse for Chris Sale along came Saturday afternoon.

Sale lasted just 3 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, giving up eight runs on nine hits to the Yankees. Seven of the runs came in the fourth inning, which also saw Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Sale ejected after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook.

The appearance would ultimately lead to the Red Sox' sixth straight loss, with the Yankees claiming a 9-2 win in Game 1 of the teams' doubleheader.

The eight runs were a season-high allowed by Sale this season, eclipsing his seven-run outing on March 28 in Seattle. This coming after he gave up six runs over 5 1/3 innings in his last outing, also coming against the Yankees.

All of the runs in the fourth came with two outs, with the inning starting with a ground ball single from Edwin Encarnacion that seemed playable but was reeled in by second baseman Brock Holt. After a Gleybar Torres fly out and Gio Urshela singled, Cameron Maybin made it two outs with a pop up. But singles from Kyle Higashioka and Breyvic Valera led to the go-ahead run and a visit to the mound by Cora.

The Red Sox manager waited for Estabrook to break up the conference before beginning an argument that resulted in Cora's ejection.

Following three more Yankees hits Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke took out Sale, who was ejected by Estabrook despite already leaving the game.

In his four starts against the Yankees this season Sale has given up 22 runs in 20 innings (9.90 ERA).

For a complete recap of the events from Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, click here.