What an outing by the Red Sox lefty

The Red Sox were looking to carry momentum from their sweep of the Baltimore Orioles into their series against one of the best teams in baseball.  They were able to pick up the win after a terrific David Price outing.  Price is really starting to find it and get in a groove on the mound.  Xander Bogaerts also had a really good game last night.  He had a couple really good defensive plays and hit the game-winning home run.

Let’s start with the biggest news – David Price was outstanding last night.  The Mariners couldn’t get anything going off the lefty in the first four innings of the game.  You could tell right from the start that David Price had his stuff.  In the first four innings of play, a runner didn’t reach past first base.

The Red Sox offense needed to jump out on a diminished Felix Hernandez.  A single was all they could get in the first inning, but in the second, they were able to get one run.  After Rafael Devers singled and stole second, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a double down the first base line that scored Devers.

In the fifth inning, Price got into some trouble that wasn’t really his fault.  It all started when a foul ball was hit down the first base line by the wall.  Eduardo Nunez didn’t make the easy play which gave Kyle Seager another chance at the plate that he took advantage of.  Seager started things off for the Mariners with a single.  The next batter also singled which put two runners on with no outs.  Christian Vazquez then attempted to back pick Seager at second, but Seager was able to advance to third on Vazquez’s throw.  A sacrifice fly followed which tied the game up.

The Red Sox went into the bottom half of the sixth still tied and looking to take the lead.  After getting two quick outs, Xander Bogaerts came to the plate after previously striking out two times in the game.  Bogaerts smacked a fastball over the left-center field fence to give the Red Sox the lead.

Price went back out for the sixth and was looking for a quick inning.  He started the inning off by hitting Dee Gordon with a pitch.  The next batter hit a ground ball up the middle.  Dee Gordon was stealing on the pitch, so Xander Bogaerts was headed to the bag.  Bogaerts slid and fielded the ball, tagged the base with his glove and threw to first from his knees to get the double play. It was an extremely impressive play.

David Price tossed one more scoreless inning before coming out of the game.  Price’s night ended after seven innings.  He allowed one run on five hits and struck out five batters.

Joe Kelly came out of the bullpen for the eighth inning and pitched a scoreless inning.  Craig Kimbrel was then called upon to pitch in the ninth.  Kimbrel did not start the inning off well. The closer walked the first two batters without throwing a pitch in the strike zone.  It didn’t look too promising for the Red Sox.  Kimbrel followed the two walks up with a big strikeout.  After the strike out, Kimbrel got a ground ball that was converted into a double play that ended the game.

The Red Sox will be back in action late tonight again.  Rick Porcello will be starting on the hill for the team.  First pitch will be at 10:10 PM ET.