Price Dominates In First Start Of Season
The Boston Red Sox (1-1) defeated the Tampa Bay Rays (1-1) by a final score of 1-0. David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA) making his first start since July 22nd of last season was masterful allowing just four hits over seven innings while striking out five and walking none. He needed just 76 pitches (55 for strikes) in carving up the Rays lineup.
Matt Barnes replaced Price working a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Dating back to last season, Kimbrel has worked 10 scoreless innings against the Rays. He hasn’t allowed a hit while striking out 26 and walking just one.
Snell worked 5 2/3 scoreless frames allowing three hits while striking out two and walking two. With the five scoreless frames, Snell extended his home scoreless innings streak to 23.2. The streak dates back to September 12, 2017 when he allowed a 2-run double to Matt Holliday of the New York Yankees. The Rays franchise holder for longest home scoreless streak belongs to David Price with 29.1 innings.
In May of 2017, while Blake Snell was struggling, David Price told the Tampa Bay Times “Snell’s stuff is better than my stuff at his age. I like his stuff way more. He’ll get through it….It takes some time. This game ain’t easy especially at that age. There’s a small number of guys that come up at that age, especially in this division , and be really good right at the beginning. It takes time.”