Sale calls frigid Fenway on Sunday 'most miserable I've been on a baseball field'


Chris Sale's performance on the mound Sunday may have given off the impression that he was comfortable, but the left-hander was anything but.

Making his fourth start of the season for the Boston Red Sox, Sale allowed just one run off two hits, and two walks while striking out eight over five innings in a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

If battling Orioles batters wasn't enough, Sale was also fighting the elements as temperatures hovered around the freezing mark with rain turning to snow.

"This was the most miserable I've ever been on a baseball field by far - not even close," Sale told reporters, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.

Sale donned short sleeves despite the temperatures, but it was obvious that he wasn't exactly feeling warm. During the first inning his fastball was registering in the high 80s, as he said he was more concerned with locating his pitches rather than throwing hard because he knew the ball wasn't traveling well once it was hit.

The game-time temperature was 34 degrees, the lowest for a Red Sox game in 13 years, according to Tom Caron of NESN.

"I don't know if it was snow or rain, so not great," Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi told Chris Mason of the Eagle Tribune.

Weather across the United States was terrible for baseball, as six games were called Sunday. With more rain in the forecast Monday, the Red Sox canceled their annual Patriots Day game. It is the first time they've postponed the game since 1984.

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