Okay was that a clickbaity title ? maybe just a bit. But Chris Sale is back and IF ( big if ) the red sox are going to climb out of the basement of the AL East he is going to have to stay healthy and smile a lot more.
For the first time since he left the mound on July 17th of last season after being struck by a comebacker facing the Yankees. Sale took the hill for two innings of impressive hurling. Sale tossed two scoreless in the outing reaching 96 miles per hour on the gun. His vaunted slider was biting as it had pre Tommy John and his control was better than what anyone could have hoped for. Sale threw 32 pitches, 24 were strikes. He gave up 2 hits, struck out 2 and walked no one in his 2 innings of work.
After the Scary situation with Justin Turner, the smile on Chris Sale’s face as he left the mound was the story of the day. He was glowing in his post 2 inning comments to NESN reporter Jahmai Webster “ It was Awesome “It took a long road. Everybody knows what happened not only to myself but everybody in this organization really lifting me up to get me to this spot. And I’m just really appreciative of it.”
It was hard to be happy after watching Turner go down in the second. But at the time just seeing Sale out there working, doing his thing. And looking so effortless in his greatness gave this writer hope. I know I know, pump the breaks Murph. It was 2 innings against the Tigers. But hey I'm looking for all the positives I can when it comes to this staff right now. Hell, I'm not even upset about the pitch clock today. Or am I ?
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