— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) August 25, 2017
It’s never a good thing when your ace gets shellacked like Chris Sale did in Cleveland last night. Sale gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks in just three innings as the Red Sox fell to the Indians 13-6. But now is not the time to panic.
The Red Sox still took two out of four games against the Indians in Cleveland, a team that has played them tough over the past two seasons. It could have easily been three out of four, if not for a bullpen implosion on Monday night. Those happen every once in a while, even to good teams. But Doug Fister and Drew Pomeranz both pitched very well, and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched more than respectably.
Again, it sucks to see Sale get knocked around but we know he’ll bounce back. Sale is not something the Red Sox need to concerned about going forward. David Price’s elbow and Dustin Pedroia’s knee are things they need to be concerned about.
Even though this series was just a split, the positives that come out of it – Rodriguez, Fister and Pomeranz pitching well – far outweigh the negatives – Sale’s bad night.
Baltimore comes to Fenway tonight and Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox. It’s been a strange season for Porcello, but he’s 4-0 with a 4.07 ERA in August. It’d be nice to seem him keep that trend going against the O’s.