Boston, MA– The Seattle Mariners got off to a hot start during their opening stint in Japan, beginning the season at 2-0. However, it was the Boston Red Sox who seemed like they were picking up exactly where they left off when Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, and J.D. Martinez singled consecutively to jump out to a 1-0 lead, Chris Sale struck out the side, and an Andrew Benintendi sacrifice fly scored Eduardo Nunez to make the game 2-0. For Boston, it was delightful to have this team come back and perform exactly how they did in the World Series: dominantly.
Unfortunately, this did not last long because the Mariners ended up scoring 12 runs during the game with five home runs in the mix, tagging Boston's ace starter, Sale, with seven of those runs. The only other times Boston would score came in the sixth inning when Christian Vazquez doubled home Nunez and Benintendi singled home Vazquez.
It was certainly a rough game that quickly got away from Sale and the Red Sox while propelling the Mariners to an impressive 3-0 record. Many concerns immediately arose that Sale's injuries in 2018 had ruined all of his pitches, but after the game, Alex Cora said it was just a bad night for Sale's fastball command and that his velocity is exactly where it needs to be.
Obviously, with Sale just recently signing a big extension to keep him in Boston for years to come, there is rightful concern about whether or not he will be the pitcher he has been in years past, but it is important to remember that this is just the first game of the season. Any dire predictions are completely overblown.
After all, the Red Sox lost on Opening Day in 2004, 2007, and in 2018, but we all know how those seasons ended up. It was not a great game, but the Red Sox have a chance to get the win back when they take on the Mariners again tonight as a part of their massive season-opening road trip stretch.