Boston Red Sox starter David Price throws dud against Angels after stellar performances in last three starts
It was about time David Price came back to reality just briefly. Price got lit up on Saturday night throwing 102 pitches spanning five innings and allowed six runs, five earned on seven hits, while walking three and striking out five. He also gave up a home run. Price went five straight starts without giving up the long ball, his longest streak as a member of the Red Sox. Last season his season streak was four straight games.
Price’s streak of five quality starts also came to an end tonight. His ERA rose from 3.39 to 3.82. It’ll come back down after his last start, I simply think that this was just a dud performance by him against a very good Angels team. The Sox were able to front him a quick 3 – 0 lead by Price squandered it giving up four runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Sox never got any more offense from the team and ended up losing 7 – 3.
Price has never been the best against the Angels, even when he was a longtime member of the Rays. DP has a career 5 – 7 record against the Angels with an ERA over 3.30 and has just 90 strike outs in 99 1/3rd innings pitched. That doesn’t scream great numbers but it’s not completely terrible either. Price is terrible against the Rangers and Yankees and is absolutely brilliant against the Indians and Blue Jays.
Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some. Manager John Farrell was ejected in the bottom of the 5th inning after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. Was the pitch out of the zone? Certainly wasn’t down the pipe.
The Sox still have the rubber match to forward to happening tomorrow night with reigning Cy Young Winner Rick Porcello on the mound. He’ll look to get back on track and hopefully with a little bit of luck some run support.
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