Published: Mon, July 24, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Sale blanks Angels for 6 innings in Boston's 6-2 win

Sale blanks Angels for 6 innings in Boston's 6-2 win

"I was looking for a pitch up, and it was a better pitch than I expected". "The strikeout capability is certainly unique".

The way he has approached each start has made him into one of the league's most lethal pitchers. "To see how consistent he's been with the strikeout totals is unique and certainly impressive". "I stuck with my fastball, which I got over and it was a different game". It marked Sale's 200th strikeout of the season in his 20th start, putting the ace lefty in a class with Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez - Hall of Famers all - as the only pitchers to fan that many hitters in 20 or fewer starts.

The knee issue has been an ongoing concern for Pedroia, who has missed games due to the injury every month this season after first hurting himself in a collision with the Orioles' Manny Machado in an April 21 game. His ERA is 2.48.

"I'm not here to talk about that kind of crap, man, " he said. "We've got a long way to go - a long way to go and a lot of work to do".

Farrell was worked to build in extra days of rest for Pedroia to help preserve his strength through the season.

Parker Bridwell (4-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.

It was a fastball, 96 miles per hour on the outer half of the plate, and Kole Calhoun didn't swing at it as much as he reached and flailed.

Will the Angels pull off another upset of the Red Sox today when the two teams meet at 3:37PM ET?

The Red Sox had everything going in Game 1 of the series, but that wasn't the case Saturday.

A pitcher dreams of starts like this, his team giving him a big early lead before he even throws a pitch.

He's just 2 for 15 with a double and a homer as the first baseman this season, but is the notion that he could be sharper while playing first still relevant?

"Anytime you make a comment about balls and strikes, that's probably what it's going to get you", Farrell said. "That was a play he was all out, right to the point of impact". "The way he felt coming out of the Yankee game, body-wise, he felt a little more taxed than previous starts, so I thought it was timely".

"Does it give you a chance to shut that off mentally to focus on other things?" But that wasn't all - shortstop Xander Bogaerts had two rough plays in the field, and manager John Farrell was ejected. The Angels have dropped eight of their last 12 games and continue to struggle offensively, prompting manager Mike Scioscia to move Mike Trout to second in the batting order. It's the longest streak by a Sox player since Dustin Pedroia started 94 consecutive games from 2011-12. Angels RHP Matt Shoemaker, who last pitched June 14, had a successful side session from 60 feet and is scheduled to extend himself to 90 feet next week.

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