ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
David Price in good form
as the Sox continue to roll

May 12, 2016 ...  David Price struck out every Houston hitter at least once and allowed one run, his fewest in a start this season. He retired the final eight batters he faced, five by strikeout.

Until tonight, Price was Price only on occasion this season. He allowed 12 runs on 15 hits over 11 2/3 innings in his previous two starts, jacking his earned run average up to 6.75.

With the aid of a suggestion by teammate Dustin Pedroia, Price changed the mechanics to improve the timing of his delivery. It involved raising his hands, which allowed Price to get the ball out of his glove quicker and stay back on the rubber to generate better torque with his lower body.

Price referred to it as his “power position” and the proof of that was in the velocity and life of his fastball. Price averaged just over 93 miles per hour, his best this season, and spiked at 94 and 95.That helped make his secondary pitches more effective and left the Houston hitters flailing.

Price (5-1) allowed one run on six hits and one walk and left the game in the seventh inning to a standing ovation from a crowd of 34,982 that understood the importance of the game. He touched the brim of his cap as he approached the dugout.

While Keuchel was charged with eight runs on 10 hits over six innings, Price excelled. with a strong performance, striking out 12 over 6 2/3 innings. The lefty scattered six hits and allowed one run while walking one and is now 5-1 with a 6.00 ERA.

Offensively, it was another joyride for the Sox, who have scored a remarkable 51 runs on 62 hits in their last four games. They have scored in 21 of 32 innings on this homestand.

Dustin Pedroia singled in the first inning and scored when Xander Bogaerts thumped a slider over the wall in left for his third home run. Christian Vazquez drew a walk in the second inning, alertly took second on a pitch in the dirt and scored when Bradley grounded a single up the middle.

Back-to-back doubles by David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez produced another run in the third inning. Chris Young added to a productive week with an RBI single off the wall, the ball hit so hard he had to stay at first base.

Vazquez and Bradley had one-out singles in the sixth inning, Keuchel dropping a chopper back to the mound off the bat off Bradley. Mookie Betts followed with a home run to left field. It was his sixth of the season. The eight earned runs were the second-most allowed by Keuchel in his career.

The Sox are getting contributions from everyone in the lineup, like a resurgent Mookie Betts with two homers in last three games and 5 RBI in the last two nights, to the streaking Jackie Bradley Jr. with an 18-game hitting streak during which he has posted a 1.290 OPS.

They’ve homered in 13 straight games, the longest stretch for the team in eight years. Since April 25, they’ve slugged .544 as a team, and again, everyone is playing a part. Even light-hitting catcher Christian Vazquez has four hits over the last two games, further evidence that the No. 9 hitting Bradley is absolutely scorching of late.

Bogaerts and Betts homered for the Red Sox and for the second time in as many games, all nine Boston starters had at least one hit.Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in another.

The Red Sox, who scored 40 runs in a just-completed three-game sweep of the A's, became the Majors' first team to score double digits in four straight games since Boston did so in an August 2007 four-game set with the White Sox in Chicago. The Sox have scored 11 or more runs in four straight games for the first time since 1950.

The Sox became the first team to score at least 11 runs and record at least 14 hits in four consecutive games since the 1930 Philadelphia A's, who were led to a World Series title by Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons.

or the first time in Fenway Park history, the Sox have recorded at least eight runs and at least 12 hits in six consecutive home games. 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

HOUSTON ASTROS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

1

2

0

0

3

1

2

x

 

 

11

14

1

 

 

W-David Price (5-1)
L-Dallas Keuchel (2-5)
Attendance - 34,982

2B-Kratz (Hou), Ortiz (Bost), Ramirez (Bost),
Shaw (Bost), Holt (Bost)

HR-Bogaerts (Bost), Betts (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 2 1 .253  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 3 1 1 .306  

 

Brock Holt 2b 1 1 1 .283  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 2 .331  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 1 .319  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 3 2 3 .313  

 

Josh Rutledge 3b 1 0 0 .368  

 

Chris Young lf 4 0 1 .255  

 

Travis Shaw 3b/1b 4 0 1 .320  

 

Christian Vazquez c 3 2 1 .246  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 4 1 2 .328  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

David Price 6.2 6 1 1 12  

 

Junichi Tazawa 1.1 1 0 0 0  

 

Heath Hembree 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

22

13

-

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

21 12 -

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

18 18 4 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

15 17 5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

14 19 7