Chris Sale Looked Like Vintage Sale Last Night


The Red Sox defeated the Angels last night 3-0 and Red Sox ace lefty Chris Sale was good - real good.  Sale was dominant against the Halos, giving up only two hits and punching out 13 on 99 pitches.

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Sale, who in his last seven starts had a 7.47 ERA, came into Fenway and like an ace dominated when his team needed him most.

Sale, who has been widely inconsistent all season long, set the tone early against the Angels.  After striking out Justin Upton, he would end up being the first of 16 straight outs by Sale.  Upton would go on to K three times against the lanky lefty.

Sale was dominant against the Angels top hitters all night, striking out the best player on the planet Mike Trout three times and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols twice.  Pujols would go on to end the seventh striking out on a 98 mile per hour heater.

“He looked the same to me,” Trout said.  “Pretty nasty.”

His start last night was reminiscent of the Sale of old, the Sale the Red Sox gave $145 million to this off-season to stay with the Sox.

“He was lights-out,’’ said first baseman Sam Travis.  “It’s not as easy as he made it look tonight, I’ll tell you that.  He did an unbelievable job.’’

Vintage Sale dominated the Angels last night, rallied the team behind him and Manager Alex Cora would go on to say, "Everybody is going to be asking if he can do it again in the next one."  "This is obvious.  There is a lot of question marks for the right reasons, obviously.  But at least for today he looked great.  The delivery was great.  The velocity was up.  The shape of the pitches was amazing.”

Sale would go onto striking out 200 batters this season in this game.  This is now the Condor’s seventh straight season of 200+ strikeouts.  While this season has been a major disappointment for the lefty, last night reminded us how dominant he can be. 

If the Red Sox have hopes of erasing the 5.5 game deficit in the AL Wild Card standings and getting into playoffs they will need this Chris Sale.

''Just getting back to kind of what I was doing to make myself successful before all this,'' Sale said.

Last night was a good night for the Red Sox.  It was a great baseball win.  Red Sox fans got to see Sale at his best and, most importantly, it looks like the team could look to last night as a page turner for the final stretch of 2019.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Chris Sale Looked Like Vintage Sale Last Night
Chris Sale Looked Like Vintage Sale Last Night
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