Coming into this game, I think Red Sox Nation was collectively holding their breath. David Price was coming off a good, not great, outing against the Texas Rangers where he went eight innings while allowing three earned runs. Everyone, including David Price, was disappointed with how he has pitched so far this season and this game could be a step in the right direction.
Well Price sure as hell impressed.
As it seems with most Red Sox pitchers, David Prices struggled in the eighth inning and threw almost 30 pitchers, which could have presented a quick outing. Fortunately, after the third inning, Price would not allow another hit in the ballgame and retire 17 of the last 19 batters he faced. On the day, Price went eight innings, allowing four hits, while striking out 10 and walking only one batter. This broke up a personal two-game losing streak for David Price and lowered his ERA from 4.64 to 4.34. With how Price is pitching as of late, it looks as if he is in line to get that ERA in the mid-3s before the end of the season. Considering how poorly Price pitched in the beginning of the season, I think that would be a success.
Offensively, the Red Sox were able to get David Price some runs early in the first inning. Perhaps the lineup is showing the Red Sox pitching staff that they will be rewarded if they don't let up a bunch of runs in the first inning. Xander Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, which was followed by a David Ortiz two-run blast over The Monster.
Can we just take a minute to talk about what this guy is doing right now? The 40-year-old is going to participate in his 10th All-Star Game with a .332 average, 22 home runs and 72 RBIs. Not bad for a guy that has terrible feet and needs to get to the ballpark by noon for a seven o'clock game, right?
After David Price came out of the game in the ninth inning, the Red Sox turned to newly acquired reliever Brad Ziegler. The submariner was able to retire the side in order and put a close on the first half of the season for the Red Sox. Boston was able to end things on a good note, as they swept an opponent for the first time since the Oakland Athletics came to Fenway Park from May 9-11. The Red Sox are now only two games back of the Baltimore Orioles, which is a massive accomplishment considering just how putrid they were in June (10-16 record).
Even though we are on the All-Star break, we will still be evaluating the team and covering the game/festivities. Be sure to check back in!