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The David Price haters are alive and well today. David Price’s postseason struggles continued, but he was not alone. The offense couldn’t make anything happen, the defense was atrocious, and Eduardo Rodriguez had a terrible relief appearance. Making matters worse, Alex Cora once again had a night full of head-scratching decisions at manager. It all added up to a SCORE loss as the Boston Red Sox drop Game Two. The series will resume Monday in Yankee Stadium.
Boston Red Sox Drop Game Two In Poor All-Around Effort
David Price took the hill for the Red Sox and unfortunately continued his postseason struggled. The lefty led off the game allowing a first-inning solo shot to Aaron Judge but retired everyone else in the first. Price’s struggles continued into the second inning, allowing another home run to Gary Sanchez. Price didn’t even make it out of the second, allowing another run before Joe Kelly took over. Price finished his night going 1.2 innings, allowing three earned runs while walking two and striking out nobody.
The bullpen kept it close for a little bit, but the offense couldn’t do anything. Outside of a Xander Bogaerts solo shot, the offense looked lost throughout the game. Masahiro Tanaka, who struggled against the Sox in the regular season, pitched five innings of one-run ball.
Despite Price’s rough start and Tanaka’s dominance, this game was right for the taking until the top of the seventh. After getting out of a jam in the sixth, Eduardo Rodriguez came back onto the hill for the seventh. The inning started with a weak Aaron Judge grounder to first. However, Judge managed an infield single after Rodriguez simply didn’t cover first base. Four batters later, Gary Sanchez struck again and made it a 6-1 game. At this point, the game was effectively over.
If there is a silver lining to this game, it’s how the actual bullpen arms performed. Joe Kelly pitched a masterful 2.1 innings of relief and looked like the Joe Kelly of May. Ryan Brasier, working with a clean inning, struck out the side and overcame an ugly error by Eduardo Nunez, and Heath Hembree even tossed two scoreless innings.