The Red Sox defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in 12 innings on Wednesday night. This game was a true pitcher’s duel, as Chris Sale and Jameson Tailion put on a show for the first seven innings. Sale was dominant in his debut, getting seven strikeouts in seven innings. Tailion also threw for seven innings and recorded six strikeouts. It appears that Chris Sale will fit in just fine here in Boston, as his debut was absolutely electric. There was a lot of hype going into the game and Sale lived up to his debut expectations.
The Red Sox offense was silent for most of the game. They left a lot of runners on base and it took them 11 innings until they finally got a run across, which won them the game. Sandy Leon hit a walk-off, three run homer in the bottom of the twelfth, which was amazing. Sandy has emerged as a legitimate major league catcher since he got called up last season. It’s really not fair how people would rather see Christian Vazquez back there because of his defense. Sure, Vazquez has a better glove, but Leon has a better bat and call a pretty good game, which was made apparent during Sale’s debut last night. Also, shout out to the Red Sox bullpen. Barnes, Kimbrel, Hembree, Scott, and Kelly held it down in a combined five inning effort last night.
2 down, 90something to go.