This is starting to become a normality, isn't it? Price goes seven innings, gives up a run or two, and the offense scores eight runs. Coming into yesterday's game, Price was the beneficiary of an average run support of 6.20 runs per game, which is a testament to not only this stout Boston lineup, but Price's 7-1 record. Only the Cubs' Jake Arrieta and the St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez have received more run support than David Price in all of baseball.
Price fell victim to some poor defensive plays by the other eight Red Sox players out on the field early in this ballgame, most noticeably Chris Young, who botched an easy hit ball all the way back up against the monster, allowing a run to score in the second inning. Nevertheless, Price went seven strong innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs, while striking out six and walking only one batter on 108 pitches. While his numbers may not show it, I believe that this was Price's most effective outing. He was going up against a good hitting Rockies lineup, and really only had one mistake, which was a fastball left over the middle of the plate for a home run over the right field bullpen by Charlie Blackmon. Price was consistently upwards of 94 miles per hour on his fastball, even hitting 96 and 97 a few times. He was locating his curveball in the dirt to strike out batters, and was even getting batters out with his changeup towards the end of his outing.
Offensively, the Red Sox were clicking on all cylinders, yet again. The Red Sox were facing veteran Jorge De La Rosa, who was actually a part of the deal that sent Curt Schilling to Boston, which ultimately broke the 86-year curse. De La Rosa is simply not a good pitcher, leaving fastballs over the middle of the plate and not commanding the rest of his pitches to the best of his ability. The Red Sox were able to tag him for nine hits and seven runs in 3.1 innings before he was chased out of this ballgame. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. were able to put together multi-hit games and propel the Red Sox to another victory.
The Red Sox are now in sole possession of first place in the American League East and have the most wins in the American League.
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