Last night, the Red Sox returned to Fenway Park for a brief home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays before they take their talents out to the West Coast. Unfortunately, the Red Sox were not able to muster up any sort of consistent offense off of knuckleballer RA Dickey, and the bullpen continues to make life difficult for the boys from the Fens.
David Price took the mound for the Red Sox last night and, while he was not at his sharpest, gave them an extremely realistic chance to win the ballgame. Price surrendered a two-run home run in the top of the first inning against Edwin Encarnacion, but did not relinquish another earned run for the rest of his outing. He was wild at times, but was painting the corners nicely and was being extremely careful at the top of the Blue Jays lineup against the likes of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson. Price finished the day going seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out five. Price also lowered his ERA to 4.88.
On the other side of the ball, the Red Sox could not get anything going offensively off of knuckleballer RA Dickey, who has historically struggled against Boston. Dickey hurled 6.1 innings of one(unearned)-run baseball, while allowing only two hits.
People will be quick to say that David Price was the problem tonight, but that is completely not true.I am a known David Price apologist, but he has a sub-three ERA since Dustin Pedroia told him about his leg kick. If last night was David Price on an off night, I'd hate to see what it looks like when he has it going. This offense and bullpen were the problem tonight. Hopefully they can figure it out sooner rather than later, as it looks as if they won't be running away with the AL East this year.
The Red Sox look to get back on track against the Jays this afternoon, as Steven Wright takes the mound for the Red Sox. Check back in for a full game preview.