As a leading candidate for the American League Cy Young Award, Sale (15-7) has had few moments this season when he seemed less than dominant on the mound. But this game was his second consecutive loss to the Yankees.
On Sunday, 15 days after he took a 4-3 defeat against the Yankees in Fenway Park, Sale allowed three runners to reach scoring position over the first two innings but held steady, stranding them all. To start the third inning, he quickly jumped ahead of Chase Headley, with an 0-2 count, before the unraveling began.
Sale hung a slider over the middle of the plate, and Headley sent it over the left-field wall for the first run of the game. The moment the ball ricocheted off Headley’s bat, Sale punched his left hand into the air.
One inning later, Sale could only hang his head after surrendering two more solo home runs. The Red Sox ace had the same reaction as he walked off the field with…