The Red Sox took the mound for Game One of their doubleheader to a familiar tune. While Chris Sale had a solid night, the offense couldn’t do anything and the bullpen collapsed on itself. The final result was an ugly 7-4 loss to the 11-10 Detroit Tigers.
Red Sox Lose, But Chris Sale Looks Good
Let’s start with the positives: Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale took the mound and had what was probably his best start of the season. The ace pitched five innings, allowing two runs and striking out 10 while walking two. While the efficiency wasn’t there, this was an encouraging outing for Sale who is hopefully transforming back into the Chris Sale we know and love. In other good news, Xander Bogaerts went 2-4 with two home runs.
That’s about where the positives end. For what feels like the 1,000th time this season, the Red Sox bullpen came into a close game and immediately ruined everything. Heath Hembree took the mound first and did what he does best. The righty pitched just 0.2 innings, allowing two hits and a run while walking a batter. Tyler Thornburg rose from the grave to record the final out, uncharacteristically getting the job done in a high-pressure moment.
Thornburg took care of business in the seventh before turning the ball over to Colten Brewer in the eighth. Brewer continued his ugly recent skid by allowing three runs in just one inning of work. Bobby Poyner closed out the game and added another run for good measure. In total, the Red Sox bullpen allowed five runs in four innings of work, while Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier never made it into the game. This was an ugly loss, especially coming off of a three-game sweep of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.