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BSJ Game Report: Rockies 5, Red Sox 4 (11) – Rockies overcome Sale’s historic night

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to the Rockies, complete with BSJ analysis and insight...



Sale makes history: In Red Sox history, only four pitchers have ever recorded games with 17 or more strikeouts and now Chris Sale is one of them, joining Bill Monbouquette (1961), Pedro Martinez (1999, 2000) and Roger Clemens, who twice fanned 20 -- once in 1986 and again in 1996. And like Clemens in his two record-setters, Sale racked up his huge whiff totals without issuing so much as a single walk. It was evident that Sale was on from the very beginning, as he struck out the side in the first and second, and had fanned eight through the first three innings. It wasn't until the sixth that the Rockies had their first baserunner -- a leadoff double by Mark Reynolds. In his last three starts, Sale has struck out 41 hitters and walked just one, an incredible ratio. And after striking out just 14 in his first four starts, he's since struck out 59 in his last five. He became just the second pitcher with 14 or more strikeouts and no walks in consecutive games, matching Dwight Gooden (1984). But at the end of the night, the start was the 16th time that a pitcher struck out 17 or more hitters and took either a loss or a no-decision.

Bullpen has a rough night: The Red Sox owned a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning when Brandon Workman entered the game in relief of Sale. He got the first hitter, but