Chris Sale made his 2021 major league debut Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park and gave the Red Sox exactly what they were hoping for - a dominant performance that resulted in a 16-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
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Throwing just 89 pitches, Sale went five innings, charged with two runs on six hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Sitting 93-94 mph, Sale ramped the velo up to 96 a few times in his first time pitching for Boston since August 13, 2019.
The Red Sox bats backed their lefty ace in a HUGE way, scoring 16 runs on 17 hits including five home runs.
Alex Verdugo rapped out four singles to lead the hit parade that also featured a pair of home runs from Bobby Dalbec and solo shots from Rafael Devers, JD Martinez, and Hunter Renfroe.
Granted, it's only the Orioles, but this is exactly what the Red Sox are supposed to do against a weak team like this.
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