Price improves to 7-2 to close out the first half
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On Sunday afternoon, David Price added another stellar performance to what has become one of his better seasons in a Red Sox uniform. While the Tigers got to Price early, he staved off any doubts as the Sox offense went for 6 runs. In the final game before the All-Star Break, the Red Sox closed out a sweep of the Detroit Tigers, winning by a score a 6-3.
After the Tigers scored a run off of Price in the first, his offense was quick to pick him up. There have been many surprises up and down the Sox’ lineup this year. The most shocking has been Christian Vazquez. After the organization sent Blake Swihart to Arizona and sent fans into pandemonium, all Vazquez has done is raked. He hit his 14th home run of the year off Detroit starter Gregory Soto. The 2-run shot to right center put the Sox up 2-1.
2019 has gifted the Red Sox a new and improved Christian Vazquez
On July 7th of last season, Vazquez was hitting ..213/.249/.300 with 3 home runs. Flash forward a year, and Vazquez is a completely different hitter. He has a career high 14 home runs just halfway through the season and is a .300 hitter. The most glaring All-Star snub for the Sox is still Rafael Devers, but the case could certainly be made for Vazquez to be in Cleveland this week.
After the first inning, Price settled in and didn’t allow another run until he was pulled after the fifth. The offense, however, was not finished. In the fifth, All-Star Xander Bogaerts ripped a double down the left field line to drive in two, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead. Andrew Benintendi was quick to keep the rally going, driving in Bogaerts with a single.
Not all was perfect for the Sox on Sunday because, unfortunately, the bullpen exists. It’s easy to overlook when the offense can back up a good start, but teams are still scoring easily – especially via the long ball. Ryan Brasier gave up a two-run shot in the eighth to make the score 6-3.
With the win, David Price improved to 7-2 on the season. He also picked up a career milestone: win 150. Price has picked has gone 6-0 in 9 starts since returning from the IL.
The first half of the season may have not been what we expected. The bullpen is awful (well, that was predictable), the starters aren’t living up to their names and division looks further and further out of reach. But, for all of the frustration that has been shared, the Sox are still very much in the wild card hunt and have one of the best rosters in baseball. There is still plenty of baseball to be played and Dombrowski moves to be made. For now, enjoy the All-Star Break, and Tweet through the absurdity that is Rafael Devers’ snub. Go Sox.