Sale goes 9 innings, but Red Sox still lose to the Blue Jays in extras
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The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on an extra-inning, walk-off two-run homer by Luke Maile on Friday night. With the loss, Boston falls to 26-12 while Toronto advances to 21-18 with the win. Chris Sale was the pitcher for the Sox, opposing the Jays’ Aaron Sanchez. The game was played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Despite the crushing loss, Sale pitched masterfully for the BoSox. He threw a gem, tossing 9 whole innings of just 3-earned run ball. Additionally, he struck out a whopping 15 Blue Jays while offering just 1 free pass. He was exceptional on the night, ending with 116 pitches.
The teams each compiled a run in the first inning of the contest. Luke Maile, the Blue Jays catcher and hero of the night, broke the tie in the second, putting the squad ahead with an RBI-single up the middle.
Xander Bogaerts, doing Xander Bogaerts things, hit a solo-shot to tie the game up again in the top of the 4th with an absolute monster shot to straight-away center field. With the game tied 2-2, Sandy Leon struck out swinging, however, it went pass the catcher and, somehow, someway, he actually ended up at third base, while Brock Holt came home to score. Sandy Leon is not the hero we deserve, but the one we need.
Anyway, Maile blasted his first homer of the night (he will do it again) and year to left field to make the game knotted 3-3. It truly was a back-and-forward affair.
In the 10th and 11th, Matt Barnes (kind of) and Carson Smith stifled the Jays’ offense from scoring the winning run. Onto the 12th, Brian Johnson entered the contest, promptly walking Curtis Grandson. The next batter, none other than Luke Maile, ended the game with a walk-off center field dinger. Here’s the video of his demolition of the Sox.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 4:07 p.m. eastern time on Saturday. David Price will make the start for the Sox and Marco Estrada will do the same for the Jays. It will be the second of a three-game set between the two teams.