No other pitcher on the Red Sox staff needed Sunday night’s game more than David Price.
And it wasn’t just one game, it was a game against a team that has owned Price since joining the Red Sox. It was a game for Price to prove to Sox Nation we can be put on his back come postseason time.
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David Price, I tip my hat to you.
In nine starts since joining the Red Sox prior to Sunday’s game, Price owned an 8.43 ERA against the Yankees. That comes out to be 44 earned runs in 47 innings.
However, Price turned it around on Sunday. He went six innings (pitching into the 7th), was responsible for two earned runs on four hits while striking out five Yankees and walking three.
Up until the seventh, Price was relatively clean. Heath Hembree inherited both of Price’s runners in the sixth and they ultimately came around to score.
Whether Price was left in too long is beside the point. Disregarding the seventh, Price silenced doubters on his ability to pitch against the Yankees, for the time being, that is.
Although he didn’t earn the win in the Red Sox dramatic walk-off win on Sunday, Price earned a personal win. He bounced back from a dreadful performance against the Yankees on July 1 in which he pitched just 3 1/3 innings while allowing eight earned runs on nine hits, including five home runs.
Rather than bowing down and calling the Yankees his daddy like Pedro Martinez once did, Price responded to adversity and gave the Red Sox some hope moving forward. If he can pitch like he did on Sunday against the Yankees from here on out, the doubters will forever be silenced.