BOSTON -- Chris Sale exited Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Royals after inducing Yuniesky Betancourt's double play to conclude the eighth inning, a double play which Sale started. The first-year starter won his American League-best eighth straight decision but stepped into the dugout with a little pent-up anger over the 10 hits he allowed.
Luckily, teammate Adam Dunn was there to put things in perspective.
"Adam was sitting right there and said, 'Hey come here,'" said Sale. "He goes, 'You see that? You gave up 10 hits. That [stinks]. You see that, though, right there? That's a 1. We are still winning. That's the most important part.'
"That was kind of like, it made me step back. It's almost like being selfish. You go eight innings and give up one run and you are kind of ticked off about it. I still went out there and gave my team a chance to win. So I try to not really focus on the bad stuff. Just keep going with what I've been doing and hopefully it will work out."
Sale admitted to feeling "stiff" on Monday, as his innings total reached 110 2/3. He expected to feel sore on Tuesday, as he usually does, but Monday's stiffness certainly wasn't out of the ordinary and will be helped by extra days before each of his next two starts. The 10 hits were the most Sale allowed this year, but he'll take that one flaw in an otherwise stellar performance.
"I made some good pitches in good situations and also made bad pitches in bad situations," Sale said. "They can hit good pitches. They didn't miss the bad ones too often.
"At the same time, whether the guy is on first, third or second, however many outs and however many hits I've given up, my main focus was on the guy in the box. I just try to get him out and execute pitches."