In one of the Red Sox best performances, Ace David Price had one of his careers worst.
Price took the hill and didn’t last up there for very long. After 12 hits, 6 earned runs, and 1 strikeout, Red Sox manager John Farrell made the call to the bullpen.
18 batters would be all that Price would face in this one.
The Ace entered this start having looked like the $217 million dollar pitcher that Boston brought in this offseason, in his past eight starts as he struck out a total of 56 batters in 58.1 innings of work along with a 2.74 earned run average.
Yet despite the horrendous start by Price, the Sox managed to bail him out with a no decision and prevent that fifth loss from taking place.
Then came Bostons relief pitching.
It all started with RHP, Matt Barners who surrendered the Rangers final run of the night as he pitched 2.2 innings of work.
When asked about his brief start after the game Price stated, “I just didn’t execute pitches. It’s not mechanics. It’s not pitch selection. It’s executing pitches. That’s all it is. Whenever I throw the baseball well, it’s execution. Whenever I don’t, I didn’t execute”
After, Farrell called in for Tommy Layne and Heath Hembree who were perfect through a combined 3 innings on the mound as the 2 did not allow a single hit and struck out 3 batters.
Then in the ninth with 2 outs and a runner on, C Sandy Leon delivered an RBI double in his 11 pitch at bat.
Then next batter, Mookie Betts gave Matt Bush’s 97 MPH fastball a drive to deep center on a that tied the game up at 7 a piece.
Then as Dustin Pedroia worked his way to third following a walk, a wild pitch would bring him in to give the Red Sox an 8-7 lead.
Koji Uehara was called on to get the save and he delievered as struck out the side, 1, 2, 3, to record his 2nd save of the season and get the Red Sox to 41-32 on the year.
The Red Sox and Rangers faceoff again in game 2 tonight, as knuckle baller Steven Wright will take the hill in hopes of win number 9 and maintaining his American League best ERA of 2.01. First pitch from Global Life Park is set for 9:20 PM.