Betts saves day after historic outing by Sale

by: Rob Bradford on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:46pm

TORONTO — Mookie Betts came up biggest when it counted the most Thursday afternoon.

The Red Sox right fielder’s double into the left field corner with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning allowed for John Farrell’s team to claim a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

But, even after the game-winner, it was Chris Sale who everybody was buzzing about.

The Red Sox starter continued to offer a Pedro-esque appearance, this time needing just 102 pitches to go eight innings and not allow a single run. The lefty struck out 13, walked one and threw 80 of his pitches for strikes.

It wasn’t just a good performance. It was historic.

Sale joins Nolan Ryan & Frank Tanana as only pitchers in history to go 8+IP, 0R, 13+K and not get a win TWICE!@PatODay @bradfo @alexspeier

— David Tanklefsky (@davidtanklefsky) April 20, 2017

Through four starts, Sale’s ERA now stands at 0.91.

The only reason Sale didn’t come away with a win this time around was because of a lack of run support — although back-to-back doubles in the ninth inning by Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts gave the Sox a short-lived lead — and Kendrys Morales solo homer to lead off the home half of the ninth.

The Morales shot came on Craig Kimbrel’s second pitch of the game, a 96 mph fastball. The Red Sox closer did come back and earn the win by completing his two innings, striking out the side in the 10th.

For a complete game recap, click here.