Red Sox ruin Anderson's debut — Blue Jays notebook

Rachel Hardy
August 31, 2017

But the level of difficulty with that one is definitely up there with some of the more hard ones that I've made.

Chris Sale and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run Tuesday night as Boston won at Toronto 3-0. Sale had his 17th double-figure strikeout game of the year.

"That's pretty insane", Sale told reporters after Boston's 3-0 win.

Manager John Farrell shot down the idea that Sale might have been tipping his pitches. "He's blessed with such uniqueness from a delivery standpoint and physical abilities".

Red Sox manager John Farrell added, "We felt all along that (Wednesday) would be a pivotal day".

Many believe that opens the door for Pillar to finally win the award, but curiously, Pillar said he is thinking of that less this year than he has the last couple of years. To do that, it's cool. The Blue Jays held the lead until the 7th inning, then Christian Vazquez hit an absolute moon shot to the second deck in left field. "He's got that reputation, he's got the results". Kevin Pillar also had an eighth-inning single against the left-hander. He allowed just one hit through seven innings before giving up a pair of singles to start the eighth. He didn't walk a single batter and struck out 4.

"Pressure's not on me", Davis said. "He works fast, good stuff, his stuff's good. That's the guy that we've known, and (it's) great to see him still being able to do that".

Now in Sale's defense it's only been a pair of starts in an MVP caliber season, however match ups are crucial if in any sport, in baseball, and if at anytime, in the postseason.

Anderson had made two starts at Triple-A Buffalo and is still building his pitch count.

The loss drops Toronto to 61-71 and puts the Jays further back of an AL Wild Card berth that is looking increasingly unlikely with each passing game. "I'll be back, and I'll be the same player".

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"All the other stuff I've done and tested it and been good", he said on Tuesday.

Barnes (2-5) pitched 1/3 inning and was charged with three earned on two hits. Sandy Leon will be available off the Red Sox' bench.

Boston scored in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez hit two doubles and drove in a run while Andrew Benintendi added an RBI. After retiring his first three batters, Leone allowed Ramirez's 20th homer of the season in the seventh.

He's allowed one run in his last 33 innings here. Nunez, who had walked, advanced to second on the error.

Kendrys Morales got their first hit off Sale with a double to left-centre in the second inning. Addison Reed replaced Sale and struck out pinch hitter Ezequiel Carrera and Miguel Montero.

The Patriots continue preparations for their final preseason game Thursday, while Chris Sale got back on track and helped the Red Sox to a big win over Toronto.

"It seemed like a month", Sale said about waiting for his next start after that loss. We get it, we get it, you can strike people out! It was good getting off on the right foot.

And yet the Blue Jays were lifeless.

NOTES: The 14 starters used by Toronto this season is the fourth most in the majors. When Boston RHP Craig Kimbrel recorded his 30th save of the season Monday, he became the sixth pitcher with 30 or more saves in as many as seven straight seasons.

numberFire's models project Vazquez to score 9.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,500 on Wednesday, so he could be worth a look in what will likely be a tough matchup against Happ (4.10 ERA, 22.9 strikeout percentage) and the Blue Jays.

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