Yesterday, I called this game a "battle of the aces," and it certainly lived up to the hype. David Price and Madison Bumgarner traded blows until Bum was chased out of this game in the sixth inning because of a high pitch count (101 pitches). Bumgarner relinquished four hits and one run, which was scored on a Chris Young homer, while striking out five and walking one.
On the flip side, the Red Sox dished out their ace, David Price, who, in my eyes at least, outdueled Bumgarner. Price was wildly more efficient, which allowed him to pitch into the eighth inning before allowing a game-winning home run to former Red Sox draftee Mac Williamson on a hanging 84 MPH cutter/change up. On the day, Price went eight innings, allowing three hits, while striking out seven and walking two. I've seen people complaining about Price's performance, but what more do you want this guy to do? When you score one run in the game, there is a good chance you are going to lose.
Moving forward, John Farrell needs to manage this team better. While leaving Price in was a questionable move, there were offensive substitutions, or lack thereof, that were flat out wrong. Pinch hitting David Ortiz for the hottest hitter on the Red Sox (Chris Young), with first base open was arguably the stupidest move of all time. It is time for Farrell to go.
If you want to hear my rant about this game, check it out here.
Next up, the Red Sox take on the lowly Minnesota Twins. If they don't sweep this terrible team, then they should just stop playing baseball.