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Chris Sale attitude on full display in postgame presser: 'They want me to throw 150 [pitches], I'm throwing 150 [pitches]'

Ryan Hannable
October 06, 2018 - 12:39 am

Chris Sale's first playoff start at Fenway Park wasn't vintage Sale, but it was one he won't forget.

The Red Sox left-hander went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out eight to pick up the win, as the home team took down the Yankees, 5-4 in Game 1 of the ALDS. It was his first career postseason win.

Sale was pulled in the middle of the sixth inning and received a loud ovation from the Fenway Park crowd.

"Being here pitching at Fenway, that was awesome," Sale said. "This was obviously my first postseason start here at Fenway. That's something I'll never forget. That was incredible. Three runs on the board after your first inning doesn't hurt either. We'll take that again tomorrow."

Sale threw 93 pitches, which were the most he's thrown in a game since July 27 as he's been working his way back from a shoulder injury.

"I felt more like myself because I felt like this was just a normal start," he said. "Not normal in terms of not being a postseason start, but just like there's no restrictions. There's no going out to the bullpen after my start to add pitches. I knew I was going to get my 100-plus pitches or somewhere around there. That's a very freeing feeling."

Given it's the postseason, pitchers need to ready for anything -- like Rick Porcello pitching the eighth inning -- and Sale has the perfect attitude.

"If [manager Alex Cora] didn't take the ball out of my hand, I would have kept throwing," said Sale. "I said it, I think this is my third time saying it, there's no holding back. They want me to throw 150 [pitches], I'm throwing 150 [pitches]. If they ask me to throw tomorrow, I'll throw tomorrow. I think that's the mindset for every person in this clubhouse. Up and down the lineup and pitching staff, we are fully prepped for everything thrown our way. We're not going to shy away from it."

Game 2 is set for Saturday night with David Price being opposed by Masahiro Tanaka.

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