After losing the previous 2 of 3 against the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox needed to get momentum back in their side. And they did just that.
The Sox stole a game Friday with a walk off win over the Yanks, but then lost the grueling 16 inning game on Saturday, followed up with a doubleheader where they lost game 1. They needed the win Sunday night to split the series
3 consecutive losses would have beeen devastating. David Price needed to step up.
David Price hasn’t exactly been known for stepping in big games. He’s reminded of his postseason resume quite frequently on Twitter. Price stepped up. He pitched a $217 million game. Yes, this is why he’s getting paid. To be a stopper.
Price entered Sunday’s start 1-4 with an 8.31 ERA (34 2/3 IP, 31 ERA) in six starts vs. the Yankees since joining the Red Sox.
Price threw 8 scoreless innings Sunday in a Red Sox’s 3-0 win. Of course, Jackie Bradley Jr. helped him out by robbing Aaron Judge of a two-run homer in the eighth. Since the altercation with Dennis Eckersley, Price is 2-0, 19 IP, 2 ER, 22 K, 4 BB. Perhaps that’s just what he needed.
— Alan Paine (@AlanP1975) July 17, 2017
Still, a terrific performance by Price. He’s a dominant pitcher when he has both his velocity and command working simultaneously.
Red Sox dominate Aaron Judge
My other big takeaway: The Red Sox entered the series with a tremendous plan of how to pitch against Judge. Except for the JBJ catch, Judge didn’t really hit anything hard.
Red Sox pitchers executed their plan almost perfectly. Judge went just 1-for-18 with 0 RBIs, three walks and six strikeouts. They made him look like 2016 Aaron Judge.
Cr: u/smittyonmlb in r/redsox