Price: First start since coming off the DL, lefty dominates Blue Jays hitters
On Monday, David Price returned from the IL after experiencing tendinitis in his elbow. In his first start back, Price went 5 innings allowing only 3 hits and 2 runs (both unearned). All three hits he allowed were in the first two innings. The lefty also had some more velocity in this one, compared to his starts before the IL stint. Throughout the game, DP kept throwing harder and gained lots more control. To most this would seem odd, but no one in Red Sox Nation was about to complain.
Following a rocky start to the year, Price hasn’t given up but instead has been able to prove his dominance throughout his last 5 starts. As a result, over this span of 5 games, Price has a 2.17 ERA with 33 K and 7 BB.
Bullpen dominates with 4 hitless innings against struggling Blue Jays
To go along with Price’s magnificent return, the Sox bullpen pitched 4 beautiful hitless innings. They only allowed a BB and had 6 K. Throughout this stretch, Heath Hembree, Brandon Worman, and Ryan Brasier each had appearances in the joint effort from the pitching staff to shut down the Blue Jays. To conclude, the Sox called upon Hector Velázquez in the ninth, who struck out the side to earn the save.
Offense able to spark in series opener
Along with this amazing performance from the pen, the Red Sox offense was able to explode for 12 runs on 16 hits after they experienced a very quiet series versus the Houston Astros. Throughout the weekend, Red Sox hitters continuously failed to rack up hits with RISP. As a result, the Red Sox will look to keep mashing tomorrow in Toronto at 7:07 PM.