Boston Red Sox: On a Sunday night at Fenway, David Price delivers

BOSTON, MA - JULY 16: David Price
BOSTON, MA - JULY 16: David Price /

Boston Red Sox lefty David Price returned to his dominant ways Sunday night in a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees.

David Price is quickly reminding his doubters that he is an ace.  The Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher was fantastic Sunday night at Fenway Park.  He dazzled the New York Yankees bats to lead his team to a 3-0 shut-out victory over their American League East rivals.

Taking a page out of Chris Sale’s book, Price set the tone early.  Following a minor jam in the first inning, Price cruised in a performance reminiscent of his dominant ways prior to his time with the Red Sox.

In eight innings, he gave up just seven hits, recorded eight strikeouts and didn’t allow a walk.  Overall, it was an outing symbolic of his command and focus on the mound.  It was also a sign that the elbow injury that kept him out through the beginning of the season is not a factor.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) David Price
BOSTON, MA – JUNE 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) David Price /

Following a 3-0 loss in the first game of the doubleheader, David Price stepped up when his team needed him.  He did get help from a Mookie Betts two-run blast and a magnificent Jackie Bradley Jr. catch, but the dominance delivered from Price has to have Boston Red Sox fans feeling good about the team going forward.

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"“It starts with David Price,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said following the game, via ESPN.  “That was just a great game from him.  He was outstanding – powerful from start to finish, a lot of strikes, very good command.  It was impressive to see how he maintained his stuff throughout.  Fastball to both sides of the plate.  I thought he had a really good cutter.  On a night when we needed a bounce-back win, it was a big performance by David.”"

A $217 million start

If David Price can find a way to keep this up, he will quiet the Boston media.

In fact, performing well and living up to expectations is how any Boston athlete makes it in this city.

Price has put together a nice string of starts.  In his last four games, the lefty has given up just seven earned runs for a 2.52 ERA.  He has done so while battling the media – most notably a confrontation with Dennis Eckersley – and battling the unknown when it comes to his elbow strain.

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It looks like focus and health are the responsible forces behind Price’s current success.

"“That’s in the past in my eyes,” Price said of the elbow concerns following the game.  “I expect to go out there and get 27 outs and nine zeroes every fifth day, every time I touch the mound.  That was a good win for us.  We needed it.”"

We expect the same David Price.

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