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In case you missed it, David Price was outstanding on Friday against Astros

John Tomase
September 08, 2018 - 9:45 am

Lost in the damning collapse of the bullpen on Friday night was another outstanding start from David Price.

It might have been his most important turn of the year, coming nine days after he was drilled by a line drive on the left wrist against the Marlins, causing him to miss a start, and coming against the biggest impediment to reaching the World Series that the Red Sox will face, in the Houston Astros.

The Price who has reinvented himself since surrendering five homers to the Yankees in early July was on full display. He limited Houston to one hit over the first six innings by working both sides of the plate with a fastball that sat comfortably in the 91-93 mph range.

He tired a bit in the seventh, allowing a hit and walk before reliever Ryan Brasier allowed both runners to score in a 6-3 loss, but it hardly detracted from an outstanding performance that included 10 strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 3.57. He left the mound to a standing ovation.

"These are the reigning World Series champions and they're winning their division right now and they're a very good team and they added a lot of key pieces in the offseason after they won the World Series," Price said. "So I think in September whenever you're playing a team like that it's always a good measuring stick."

Price criticized himself for allowing two baserunners in the seventh.

"I'm never going to take myself out of a game," he said. "Whether it's being hit by line drives or whatever it is. I'm never going to take myself out. But I've been in that situation quite a few times earlier on this year and I didn't get the job done. So I'm sure AC and the rest of our coaches are thinking about that and the way Brasier's throwing the baseball for us this entire year since he's been here has been exceptional. So if I don't want to come out in that situation, don't have everybody on base and just go out there and pitch better in that situation."

The key, Price said, was fastball command.

"That's huge for myself and every other guy that's out there on that rubber," he said. "If you can command your fastball on both sides of the plate with both two-seam and four-seam it really opens up doors for all of your other pitches and that's, again tonight we were able to command the fastball really well on both sides of the plate and that makes it a lot easier to throw those secondary pitches."