Chris Sale has blunt assessment of his own Game 5 failure (NSFW)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) /

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale had an unexpected way to describe his performance in Game 5 of the ALCS after falling apart in the sixth inning.

Chris Sale didn’t get a win on Wednesday night, but he gets points for blunt honesty. And flair.

The pitcher spoke to the media after the Red Sox fell to the Astros, 9-1, and explained his performance with some colorful language.

“I was good for five and then I sucked for one,” Sale said. “I had to leave everything out there. I told myself coming into this game I had a job to do and obviously didn’t get it done. But I left my nuts out there on that mound tonight, that’s for damn sure.”

Chris Sale had a strong performance until the sixth inning

Sale gave up a home run to Yordan Alvarez in the second inning, but made it through the fifth inning giving up just one more hit. He more or less kept pace with Framber Valdez, who lost his perfect game bid in the fifth. It looked like a performance to warm the hearts of Red Sox fans hoping to see their ace return to top form.

However, things hit the fan in the top of the sixth. After a walk and two errors set up runners on third and second, Sale gave up a double to Alvarez and the flood gates opened. Alex Cora changed pitchers, but the Red Sox left the inning trailing 6-0.

Cora arguably holds more blame for the loss than Sale. He wasn’t able to close it out, but he still gave his team a strong performance for five innings. A more timely call to the bullpen, preventing Sale from facing Alvarez again, might have changed everything.

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