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David Price was excellent in this one.
This one was pretty much a pitching duel between David Price and Aaron Nola. Both pitchers pitched really well most of the game. Price was able to work around some trouble in the early innings and pitch a really good game. The bullpen was excellent in extra innings and gave the offense multiple chances to finish the ballgame off. Fortunately, Blake Swihart did just that with a walk-off double.
Let me start by saying this – Aaron Nola was phenomenal. He pitched great the whole game and the Red Sox bats couldn’t touch him for the most part. I saw someone on Twitter say that Nola deserves more credit than he gets and I completely agree with that.
David Price started the game struggling a bit. He gave up a double in the first inning which wasn’t an encouraging sign. However, Price was able to get out of the inning without any more damage. Price struggled again in the next inning. This time he gave up a double to start the inning off then gave up a single off the Green Monster that scored a run. Fortunately, Price was able to get out of the inning after a couple huge strikeouts.
Price had yet another rough inning in the third. He gave up another double to Rhys Hoskins with one-out. Odubel Herrera then hit a single that put runners on the corners with one out. Thankfully, the Red Sox were able to pull off a strange double play that is hard to explain, so just watch this:
Red Sox have a sixth sense for bad base running, don’t try to pull this on us pic.twitter.com/B7v4DTa4Dd
— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) July 30, 2018
The Red Sox went into the bottom half of the fifth down 1-0. Jackie Bradley Jr. started the inning off with a one-out single. Eduardo Nunez then came up and hit a sharp line drive over the center fielder’s head. Bradley was able to turn on the jets and score on this play to tie the game up.
— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) July 31, 2018
After the first three innings, Price was able to settle in and get into a groove. He didn’t really get into any more trouble the rest of the game. Price lasted eight innings, giving up only one run on eight hits and striking out 5.
The Red Sox had plenty of opportunities to score and win the game the next few innings. The bullpen was able to keep the game tied for four straight innings without getting into any trouble. Finally, the Red Sox were able to walk it off. The bottom of the 13th started with an Eduardo Nunez single. Nunez then stole second to put a runner in scoring position with no outs. Brock Holt would strike out, but Swihart didn’t let the opportunity slip from him. He ripped a line drive over the right fielder’s head that hopped into the bullpen that scored Nunez.
Some things are worth waiting for, amirite? pic.twitter.com/qcdYzwzSV4
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 31, 2018
The Red Sox and Phillies will play in the final game of their short two-game series tonight. Drew Pomeranz will be making the start for the Red Sox. This is a big game for Pomeranz. If he doesn’t pitch well, he could lose his starting rotation spot and move to the bullpen. He has a lot to prove. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.