Sandoval went 3 for 4 in his first game since he was activated from the disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a sprained right knee. The M’s turned four double plays behind him in the first four innings.
After the White Sox pulled to within 4-3 against Sale, Marrero came to the plate again in the third inning, this time with two outs and runners on first and third.
But the fiery Sale clashed with White Sox management at times, including a five-day suspension previous year for taking scissors to throwback uniforms he said were uncomfortable. After a quick first out, the bottom of the lineup turned it on starting with a single by Sam Travis. Yes, you read that correctly.
In Anaheim, Albert Pujols crunched his 599th career home run. “It’s going to be a fun atmosphere and a fun time”.
Sale couldn’t keep it together, though. A season low 2.2 innings, to go along with 10 hits and seven earned runs, pushed Quintana’s season ERA to a career worst 5.60 as his trade value continued to plummet.
In one of the more weird incidents in recent White Sox history, Sale didn’t want to pitch in the uniforms because he found them uncomfortable and so he cut up all of his teammates’ jerseys in a dispute with management.
Luckily, he had Marrero on his team. He was spotted a 4-0 lead but lasted five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) while striking out nine.
Dustin McGowan (2-0) replaced Nicolino and allowed one run in three innings.
Quintana (2-7) was hit hard for the second straight outing and lost his third straight decision.
Bauer (5-4) allowed three runs and seven hits with one walk.
Rockies 8, Cardinals 4: Gerardo Parra had three hits, including a three-run homer as the Rockies win their fourth straight and their sixth in eight games. While it may seem unfair to have so much rest on the fate of two players, David Price and Rick Porcello will show exactly how far the Red Sox can go this season with their play in the coming months. George Springer homered and Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel each hit RBI doubles during the Astros’ six-run second inning.
The Red Sox took a 4-3 lead in the 5th inning on a solo home run by Mookie Betts, before the Red Sox bullpen would give it back two innings later.
He’d hand it off to Heath Hembree, who is no longer rocking the bad cornrows he displayed back at Fenway against the Mariners. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBI. With the departure of David Ortiz, the production in this category was likely to dip, but I don’t think anyone expected this few of balls traveling over the outfield wall. He tucked his home run over the left-field wall to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead. Manager John Farrell said Pedroia experienced swelling and will return to Boston for an MRI exam. Pedroia was hurt after colliding with White Sox 1B Jose Abreu while trying to beat out an infield hit in the first. That was followed by a single that was eliminated by a nifty double play.
“At the end of the day it’s a game”.
One game isn’t going to make Marrero a more appealing in-house alternative to Sandoval. Even through all of that, Sale’s efforts were still not enough to get the White Sox into the postseason, and he is looking to get there for the first time this season with the Red Sox.