Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price shines in 2nd performance of 2017
There were lingering questions after his first performance. David Price was able to pitch well into his second start going seven plus innings scattering one run on three hits, walking one and striking out seven. Once again, the only run allowed was by way of a Manny Machado solo shot. Other than the one mistake, Price was almost perfect.
All things considered, Price pitched lights out. He began the 8th inning by getting his first man to strike out but the batter advanced to first on a passed ball by Christian Vazquez. After 92 pitches, Sox skipper John Farrell came out to get his man. His ERA drops down to a modest 3.00 ERA after having allowed just four runs in 12 inning of work all of which have come on two pitches, a three run shot surrendered last game and the solo last night.
Price’s return comes at a most important time as it seems the Sox cannot get a rotation at full strength. After losing Eduardo Rodriguez to a knee injury, Price’s return was even more necessary. It’s truly been perfect timing. The pressure and scrutiny he faced before his season began for anyone in their second year were at times unfair. 2016 wasn’t considered a bust year to me.
Price has answered the call emphatically. This is vintage Price that we’re seeing again. With no timetable for E-Rod’s return and in the midst of hearing that his replacement, Brian Johnson, got injured, Price’s masterful performance should get that much more credit. After two Pawtucket starts that didn’t go well, he mentioned that all he needed was to come back and pitch for Boston.
Duly noted. With $187 million dollars still left on his contract, the Sox need their prized pitcher to continue on pitching this way while also staying healthy. We’re all rooting for Price now. He’ll next face Michael Pineda of the Yankees in the Bronx.
Photo Credit – Tony Dejak – Associated Press