BOSTON — Think about if you’ll …
A staff units a franchise file for 9 innings by putting out 21 occasions, finally whiffs 24 occasions and doesn’t draw its first stroll till the 11th inning.
This tied a franchise file for any recreation, it was set earlier this season in an 18-inning loss at San Fransisco.
Now think about that the staff in query is the Rockies. And picture additional that Pink Sox starter Chris Sale strikes out 17 batters over the primary seven innings to set a profession excessive.
Lastly, think about that the Rockies one way or the other took a 4-Three lead, misplaced the lead, and finally gained the sport 5-Four on Mark Reynolds’ RBI single off Ryan Brasier within the 11th to attain Trevor Story.
The Twilight Zone? Nope, only a Tuesday night time baseball recreation at frigid Fenway Park.
Charlie Blackmon’s two-run, eighth-inning house run surprised the Pink Sox trustworthy and put Colorado forward 4-3. Blackmon’s homer got here off reliever Brandon Workman and drove in Chris Iannetta, who had reached on a double.
Blackmon’s homer, his ninth of the season, prolonged his hitting streak to 11 video games.
However the lead didn’t maintain. An error by Nolan Arenado opened the door to a Pink Sox rally within the backside of the eighth, with Mitch Moreland’s RBI single off Scott Oberg tying the sport 4-4. General, nonetheless, Rockies relievers have been glorious, giving up that single run over 5 innings, with nearer Wade Davis ultimately incomes his seventh save.
Sale was magnificent. His 17 strikeouts tied Arizona’s Randy Johnson (April 21, 2002) for essentially the most strikeouts for a beginning pitcher in opposition to the Rockies in a single recreation in franchise historical past.
Sale’s one huge mistake arrived within the seventh inning when Arenado related on a 92 mph fastball for a two-run homer over the Inexperienced Monster, slicing Boston’s result in 3-2. Story, who struck out in his first two at-bats vs. Sale, ignited the rally with a leadoff single by means of the left aspect.
The primary inning supplied a sneak peak of Sale’s night time and the Rockies’ woes. Sale struck out Blackmon, Story and Arenado — the Rockies’ three most harmful hitters. Gross sales’ second inning confirmed his dominance when he whiffed Reynolds, Raimel Tapia and Ian Desmond.
By the top of the third inning, Sale had eight strikeouts, and he took an ideal recreation into the fifth earlier than Reynolds busted it up with a leadoff double.
Within the sixth inning, Sale was merely untouchable, hanging the Rockies out to dry with strikeouts of Iannetta, Pat Valaika and Blackmon — all of them wanting.
Sale completed off his night time with strikeouts of Reynolds, Tapia and Desmond within the seventh inning. These three punchouts got here instantly after Arenado’s two-run homer.
Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland was torched by the longball once more. He gave up solo house runs to Michael Chavis within the first and J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers within the third. Freeland has already given up 12 house runs in 9 begins this season, after serving up solely 17 in 33 begins final 12 months.
Freeland, to his credit score, settled down sufficient give Colorado an opportunity to win. He tossed six innings, permitting 5 hits with three walks and 7 strikeouts.