The Boston Red Sox couldn’t salvage the final game in a four game series losing in David Price’s return to the Trop
With their most recent game not going the right way, the Sox just lost their third game out of four games and fourth game out of the last five. David Price put together another good start getting the quality start. Price allowed two runs on five hits, also walking two batters and striking out five. That marks the fourth straight start where no batter has gone yard on the Sox left hander. Price is coming back.
Last season, Price gave up 30 home runs in 230 innings of work. This season he’s surrendered seven long balls in 53 innings. Price is finally starting to get back into the swing of things. While he did throw 106 pitches, John Farrell can’t complain too much, as Price has now registered a quality start in each of his last four contests.
The Red Sox need to generate runs for him. Giving up two runs over six innings is not bad all things considered. You almost have to imagine how some Sox fans have got to have that warm fuzzy feeling just thinking about how good the pitching staff could be if all things are going the right way.
Chris Sale is automatic, everyone knows that. If Price & Drew Pomeranz can keep this up and then also bring back a healthy Eduardo Rodriguez, this team could be lethal. We’re all still hoping that Rick Porcello can make the necessary adjustments over the break so that the second half he can come back with that fire from 2016.
The Sox led off the first inning with a solo shot by Mookie Betts but the Rays came right back with a run of their own and ended up taking the lead 2 – 1 until a Dustin Pedroia two run homer put the Sox up. The Rays again didn’t let the Sox lead stand for long as they tied the game up in the bottom half of the 7th inning and took the lead for good in the bottom of the 8th inning with a two run homer.
Just bad luck in the end as Joe Kelly has been pitching excellent this season. With the blown save and the loss, only his first on the season dropping his overall record to 3 – 1, Kelly saw his ERA rise from 1.04 to 1.49. The flame throwing right hander has been one of the most consistent pitchers the Red Sox have had all season. It’s the first runs that Kelly has surrendered since April 30th.
It’s only the second time he’s surrendered multiple runs in a game since April 12th when his ERA was 3.38. Over the months in May and June, Kelly pitched 20 1/3rd innings allowing zero runs earned on 13 hits, walking seven and striking out 19 batters. He went 23 straight appearances without allowing a run. Why did Dave Dombrowski trade Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg again? Let’s not go there.
Getting the time away for All Star Week will be great for the Red Sox. The boys from Beantown will get the next four days off to recover and prepare themselves for the second half of the season. It’s especially important to be healthy and ready as the Sox will host the Yankees for a four game series followed by a four game series with the Blue Jays.
The Red Sox will head into the All Star Break in 1st place with a 3 1/2 game lead over both the Yankees and Rays. With a 50 – 39 record, they also hold the second best record in the league and 6th best record in baseball. One things for sure, we’ll be ready for New York come Friday night.
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