After the Red Sox lit up the Dodgers Friday night, Los Angeles returned the favor Saturday.
Chris Sale struggled once again in Boston’s 11-2 loss in Game 2 of the Sox’s three-game set against the Dodgers, falling to 3-9. But Boston’s bats couldn’t get the job done either, remaining largely quiet.
The Red Sox drop to 50-42 with the loss, while the Dodgers climb to 61-33 with the win.
Here’s how it all went down:
GAME IN A WORD
There was nothing pretty about this one for the Sox.
ON THE BUMP
— Saturday was the first time Sale squared off against the Dodgers since tossing the final inning of the Red Sox’s 2018 World Series victory in October, but the southpaw didn’t quite pick up where he left off.
After Sale allowed two of the first four batters he faced to reach, A.J. Pollock laced a two-out single to right field, scoring Chris Taylor from third. After a 1-2-3 second, Sale gave up his second run in the third on a one-out bomb to Justin Turner that soared over the Green Monster.
Sale’s command in the fifth simply wasn’t up to snuff, and it certainly showed. Turner doubled to left field for the Dodgers’ third run of the game. David Freese added to Sale’s troubles with a double of his own just one at-bat later, making it 5-1 L.A.
Sale gave up five runs (all earned) off seven hits through just 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
— Heath Hembree got the final out in the fifth, despite plunking a batter.
— Colten Brewer took over in the sixth, giving up two walks before striking out the side.
— Steven Wright got the ball for the seventh, and it didn’t take long for the knuckleballer to get into trouble. The righty gave up back-to-back home runs to Cody Bellinger and Pollock with just one out in the inning and exited the game just one batter later after getting hit in the foot with a Max Muncy comebacker.
— The Sox turned to Marcus Walden to stop the bleeding in the seventh, but he wouldn’t be so lucky.
Although the righty managed to get Corey Seager to ground out, a wild throw by first baseman Christian Vazquez allowed Muncy to score from first as Los Angeles took an 8-2 lead. Walden then allowed Austin Barnes to launch a triple off the Green Monster, driving Enrique Hernandez home from first as well for L.A.’s ninth run.
— Ryan Braiser took the mound in the eighth and didn’t waste any time giving up a double to Turner on just the second pitch of the inning, allowing him to score on a Bellinger sacrifice fly just two batters later to make it 10-2 Dodgers.
— Hector Velazquez closed out the game for the Sox, but not before giving up a solo homer to Muncy.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— The Monster seats saw plenty of action Saturday, including a one-out homer from Xander Bogaerts in the fourth that cut the Dodger’s two-run lead in half.
— Bogaerts drove in the Sox’s second run of the game as well, slicing a single to right field in the sixth off Joe Kelly to send Mookie Betts home from third. Boston stranded runners on second and third when Vazquez struck out on a high fastball.
— Bogaerts and Brock Holt were the only two Red Sox to record a multi-hit game.
— Five Red Sox starters went hitless: Vazquez, J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi, Sandy Leon, Jackie Bradley Jr.
— Boston batters struck out eight times.
TWEET OF THE DAY
He may not be on either team, but this guy definitely has the catch of the day.
The Red Sox will close out their three-game series against the Dodgers on Sunday, with David Price slated to take the mound for Boston. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. ET.
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