Chris Sale does not like losing.
So you can imagine just how upset the Red Sox ‘ace’ was after delivering another stinker Tuesday night in the Bronx. An 8-0 defeat to the Yankees in which Sale took the loss dropping his record to 0-4 on the season.
“I’ve got to find a way to pitch better,” Sale told reporters Tuesday night. “This is flat-out embarrassing. For my family, for my team, for our fans. This is as bad as it gets.”
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Sale allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out six in five innings.
“It’s as frustrated as I’ve ever been on a baseball field,” Sale said. He added, “It sucks. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. I flat out stink right now. I don’t know what it is. When you’re going good, it’s good. When you’re going bad, it’s pretty bad.”
The one positive in all this, Sale’s velocity did tick up notably. In his first 3 starts the Sox lefty was averaging about 91 mph on his fastball. On Tuesday he hit 97 and 98 on a couple of occasions and his slider had a bit more bite that his earlier starts as well.
Manager Alex Cora remained optimistic that all this was indicative of Sale turning the corner.
“He’s getting closer to the guy that we know he can be,” Cora said.
Asked if he agreed with his manager’s optimism, Sale said, “You’d better f—ing hope so.”
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