Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0, carried by David Price’s performance
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The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night. David Price was the starting pitcher for Boston, while Blake Snell did the same for Tampa Bay. The Red Sox move to 1-1 on the season and so do the Rays. The game was played at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Fla.
The game was a pure pitcher’s duel, with both offenses doing very little. Price, who threw just 76 pitches, went seven innings and allowed zero earned runs with five strikeouts and no walks. Like Price, Snell did not allow a run to score in his five and two-third innings of work. It was not until the 7th inning did Boston strike.
Matt Barnes, who struggled in high-leverage situations last year, came into pitch the 8th. He allowed a runner to reach base, but kept a run off the board, as the Red Sox cruised to the bottom of the 9th. As expected, Craig Kimbrel took the ball for the first time in 2018 and closed the game out masterfully. He struck out all three batters he faced in typical Kimbrel fashion.
Notes & Opinions
- Eduardo Nunez injured himself sliding into first base in the 7th. On a weak groundball hit up the middle, he legged out an infield single, but immediately struggled to get up. Nunez has dealt with knee injuries for the majority of his Sox tenure and therein lied the concern for the Red Sox faithful. He walked around a bit and decided to stay in the game. It is something to monitor going forward.
- Xander Bogaerts hit his 4th double of the young season. He has gone back-to-back games with multiple doubles.
- Watching Alex Cora manage the bullpen has been of particular interest thus far. After all, he is a new manager. Anyway, he took Price out after just 76 pitches, electing to go with Barnes in the 8th. He also did not bring the southpaw Bobby Poyner into face the left-handed hitter Denard Span in the 8th inning of the contest. This is not a criticism, as it obviously worked out tonight for the BoSox. It is merely an observation and something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 6:10 p.m. eastern time tomorrow. This will be the third game of a four-game series between the clubs. Rick Porcello will take the ball for the Red Sox and the Rays will give it to their bullpen committee. Let the experiment begin.