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The Boston Red Sox returned from their All-Star break and returned to the win column. While the offense was nonexistent and the fielding was atrocious, the pitching was phenomenal. David Price and the bullpen put together a phenomenal performance to pull off a 1-0 win.
David Price, Bullpen, Lead Sox to Victory
This game looked like it would be a blowout in the early going. After Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez reached base, the now-healthy Steve Pearce drove in Benintendi with a double. However, the Red Sox couldn’t add any more damage and left the first inning with a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, this would become a trend for the game. In just about every inning, the Red Sox put runners in scoring position. And like clockwork, the Red Sox would strand the runners without putting up any damage. Boston had several chances to blow this game open but never capitalized. In all, the Sox left nine runners on base.
Fortunately, David Price put together a fantastic start to keep the Red Sox in it. Price pitched through errors and sloppy fielding to go 6.1 scoreless innings while striking out five and walking just one. Price’s most impressive work came in the fourth inning, where he loaded the bases with no outs but managed to escape without allowing a single run.
Barnes struck out the first two batters he faced, but Barnes only ended up with one out to show for it. Thanks to two consecutive dropped third strikes, Niko Goodrum (Barnes first strikeout victim) found himself on third with one out.
Barnes then induced a groundout to Eduardo Nunez, who threw Goodrum out at home. However, Goodrum got into a rundown which allowed Nicholas Castellanos to advance to second base. After a walk, Barnes struck out James McCann to end the inning. Three strikeouts, four outs, a run down, and two dropped strikes resulted in no runs.
After that madness, the Red Sox offense promptly went down in order, and Boston turned the game over to Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel did his usual thing, retiring the Detroit offense and recording yet another save. While it wasn’t pretty, it still counts as a win. Boston improves to 69-30 on the season and face off against the Tigers again tomorrow.