ON THIS DATE (May 14,
Chris Sale set a personal career high with 17 strikeouts in his most
dominant start of the season. He was nothing short of brilliant by
striking out the first six Colorado Rockies batters and eight of the
first nine. He tied Pedro Martinez for second most strikeouts in a
Red Sox uniform, just three behind Roger Clemens.
His 17 Ks through
seven innings, were three short of tying the major league record of 20 Ks in a
game. But with concerns over his recent arm issues, Alex Cora yanked him after
The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Michael Chavis' 451 foot
blast over the Green Monster. J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers each then hit solo
homers to give Sale a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
But the Rockies scored in the seventh inning on a two-run homer by Nolan
Arenado and took a 4-3 lead on Charlie Blackmon's two-run shot in the eight
inning off Brandon Workman, who relieved Sale.
Mitch Moreland tied the game in the eight with a run-scoring triple, but lost
in the 11th inning when Mark Reynolds singled in the winning run off Ryan
The Sox pitching staff had struck out 24 Rockies batters without a walk until
Brasier walked two batters in the 11th to set up the go-ahead run.