The Red Sox struggle to beat the MLB elite continued in Friday’s series-opening game against the New York Yankees. Chris Sale allowed four runs in six innings of work while the offense could only muster one run against J.A. Happ and the Yankees bullpen. With the loss, the Red Sox drop to 29-28 on the season, including going a combined 2-7 against the Yankees and the Houston Astros.
Boston Red Sox Lose Series Opener
The Red Sox started out hot in this game. Chris Sale looked like he was going to have the best start of his life early in the game. The lefty’s slider was on and he struck out the side to start the first inning. Rafael Devers followed that up with a solo blast in the bottom of the second, and things were looking good for the defending World Champions.
Then the third inning happened. After giving up two bloop singles, D.J. LaMahieu launched a double to the right-center wall to drive in the Yankees first run of the game. The damage didn’t stop there, as Aaron Hicks drove in two more with a single to left. Sale escaped the inning without any further trouble but surrendered a solo shot to LaMahieu in the fifth inning.
At the end of the day, Sale allowed four runs in six innings of work. Over his time on the mound, the lefty recorded 10 strikeouts to just one walk. This wasn’t Sale’s best day by any means, but he wasn’t the reason the Red Sox lost. The offense simply didn’t show up, and it’s hard to imagine the Red Sox winning this one no matter how well Sale pitched.
The Red Sox offense simply couldn’t do anything against New York’s pitching staff. Outside of the Devers home run, the team didn’t record a single extra-base hit. The club recorded just five hits, with only Jackie Bradley Jr. recording more than one. J.A. Happ had a good game, but the Red Sox failed to capitalize on his mistakes. By the time Adam Ottavino took the mound, it was already game over.