Tuesday night at Hadlock Field featured a sold out Portland crowd, as they were here to see Chris Sale, who was flawless in 3 2/3 innings with the Sea Dogs.
Wearing No. 3 for the Sea Dogs, the left-hander walked just one batter, while no-hitting the Harrisburg Senators as he struck out six out of the 12 batters he faced. Sale, who averaged 93.4 MPH in 2019 on his fastball, had his fastball hitting as high as 98 MPH while averaging in the 96-98 range. Working with top catching prospect Ronaldo Hernandez, 34 of his 49 pitches were strikes.
Sale tossed three innings for the Red Sox’s Florida Complex League (Rookie Ball) team last week, which was his first competitive outing since August 13th of 2019, against the Cleveland Indians. He hurled three scoreless frames despite allowing four hits against the Orioles’ FCL team, while striking out five.
Coming off of Tommy John Surgery, it’s not clear how many rehab starts the 32-year-old will need, as well as when and where his next start is. But Sale has had a steady recovery with little to none hiccups since his neck setback back in the early months of the year.
Portland picked up their 14th straight win with Sale’s start, as they beat the Senators 6-3 to move to 41-23 on the year.
(Photo of Chris Sale/Matt Stone/Stone Photos)