ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – David Price speaks about this kind of night.
The positive signs were in the spring for the Boston Red Sox left-handers. His clean health and positive mental attitude were consistent, leading to a brilliant first season start on Friday.
He took the hill on the Tropicana Field, which he had called home ten years ago to begin his career. The price dominated the lineup of Tampa Bay over seven scoreless innings. And unlike the stock market slump on the opening day behind Chris Sale, Boston Bullpen ended the job from there.
Rafael Devers beat the only run Price needed for a single goal in the middle of seventh place, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel each scored and the Red Sox recovered from a difficult defeat barely 24 hours earlier with a 1
Elbow problems limited the price to just 16 appearances and 11 starts last year, but that looked like The Ace Boston felt they had signed a seven-year deal ahead of the 2016 campaign. Price threw 55 of his 76 places for strikes and was razor-sharp right from the start. His cut-fastball was particularly effective as Price played his last two of his five strikeouts on his second field on both sides of the plate.
"I know that best," Price said. "I've had success from the Bullpen, but that's what I want to do."
Price's final scoreless excursion of similar length for Boston required a defensive genius from Jackie Bradley Jr., who wrestled Aaron Judge from a robbed home run with a spectacular jump at the Red Sox Bullpen in a 3-0 shutout The New York Yankees at Fenway Park last July's 16th prize was hit by five earned runs in his next outing, a 7-3 loss at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and finally placed on the disabled list with a recurrence of left elbow problems who forced him to miss most of the first two months of 2017.
Friday did not need such highlights in the field. Price set the first 10 men he faced and worked for a couple of singles in the fourth by pulling Wilson Ramos back to the right with a fly. Brad Miller's lead-off single in the fifth was nothing, as Price Adeiny brought Hechavarria to a field player after a change and attacked Daniel Robertson with a cutter on his thumb for a 6: 4-3 double-break. It was the same shape. The price flashed in three starts in Fort Myers, as he allowed only five strokes and 13 strokes in 12 innings of the work.
"I saw that towards the end of the season," said Boston manager Alex Cora, who took his first win at the top. "I've seen all spring, that was a great bet for the win."
"That was the best fastball command I've had this year," Price said. "If I can throw my fastball to the glove-side part of the plate like today, everything else will open."
Xander Bogaerts cracked twice for the second day and made the single run of the night when Devers broke through to left-back Jose Alvarado. His bouncer on the right side of second base gave the third baseman three RBI in his first two games, and Tampa Bay never put another runner in the position.
"I saw it first hand last year," said Cora. He's out of control in his momentum and then he comes back to the court. "
Barnes worked around a single aisle and Kimbrel slammed the door, knocking him to the side as the two hit Right-handed six of them retired seven men they faced. It was a strong departure from Thursday's 6-4 defeat when Joe Kelly and Carson Smith allied to go four and score three goals in a sixth round of the eighth-eighth.