In a well-played series between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, Boston edged Chicago for the series win. In a battle of left-handed aces, Jon Lester edged Chris Sale to claim the series finale. For Boston, it was a much-needed victory to perhaps jump start building some April momentum. For Lester, it is a notch on his belt to help stake claim as being the AL‘s top left-handed starter.
The three-game series between the two Sox clubs was played close throughout all three games. In two of the games, the teams were tied after eight innings. In the third, the game went 14 innings. The finale also saw two of the game’s top left-handed pitchers duel back and forth. Along with David Price, Lester and Sale are arguably the AL’s top three southpaws. Currently, all with four starts each, they rank one, two and three in strikeouts by left-handed starters across the big-leagues.
Sale tossed seven incredible innings against Boston, giving up just one hit and one run while punching out ten. His lone mistake was a home run to Xander Bogaerts in the sixth inning. Pitching five no-hit innings against one of the league’s top offenses is a statement made by Sale. While he gave up six more hits, Lester also allowed just a single run while striking out nine. The slight edge for Lester was that he went eight innings, which was enough to earn the victory.
When Wednesday night across baseball saw the showcase of the right-handed pitchers with some of the incredible performances posted, Thursday night the lefties were on display. While both Sale and Lester showed why they are staff aces, it was the veteran with two World Series rings pitching slightly better than his counterpart on this night. At season’s end, both figure to also be major players in Cy Young discussions as well.
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