I wish I could say that I didn’t see this one coming but I totally saw this one coming. Chris Sale is and remains and could very well forever be the pitcher who seems the most unfair to face and tonight he pitched in a Choo-less contest to the tune of 12 Ks in seven fairly effortless innings of domination.
Texas finally scored a few runs in the top of the eighth, off Heath Hembree, but Sale’s mastery had already been inflicted and the four runs deficit was just too high a hill to climb with so few outs against Boston’s ‘pen.
Texas made it a late go of it as Craig Kimbrel was brought in with the bases loaded and walked Robinson Chirinos to plate Texas’ second run. However, with two outs, he was able to strike Joey Gallo out to end the threat and eventually dash the Rangers’ hopes.
Player of the Game: I mean, Bartolo Colon was going for his milestone win again and only allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings against a great Boston offense. That’s pretty decent, right? *loosest, wettest fart sound of all time*
Up Next: The Rangers have the day off tomorrow before beginning the final series of the first half in Baltimore against the Orioles. Friday’s opener will pit Cole Hamels against RHP Alex Cobb from Camden Yards with a 6:05 start time.