Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Silverman: David Price wasn't flawless, but he was good enough

Silverman: David Price wasn't flawless, but he was good enough

Houston regained the lead in the top of the sixth on a Carlos Correa single and added four runs in the ninth to put the game away. He also turned a walk into the eventual winning run when he danced around the bases on a wild pitch and two passed balls. Cora has expressed confidence in Price, a Cy Young Award victor who is 0-9 in 10 post-season starts, and the 108-win Red Sox will need him to be better than Sale was in the opener.

Price was spotted a two-run lead in the first inning and then fell behind 4-2 before Bradley clanged one off the left-field wall that Gonzalez chased helplessly as it bounced back toward the infield. Nursing a 2-0 lead in the second inning, he experienced some bad luck when George Springer bent a ball over Steve Pearce's head that barely stayed fair and plated two to even the score.

The Red Sox tied the game in the fifth after Justin Verlander lost his command, walking three straight men, including Mitch Moreland with the bases loaded to force in a run.

Mookie Betts hit a hard grounder, and third baseman Alex Bregman threw home for the force and the second out. Yuli Gurriel put it out of reach with a three-run blast.

Andrew Benintendi was called out on strikes to end the fifth on a 3-2 pitch that was a tad outside. Benintendi slammed down his helmet and bat down and jawed with plate umpire James Hoye before Red Sox coaches ran in to get between them.

"I don't think anybody likes getting hit with the baseball", Kelly said.

"From what I know, it's nothing serious, but obviously, whenever you have to go to the hospital you gotta be, quote-unquote, worried".

Cole walked Devers on four pitches to load the bases and struck out Ian Kinsler on three pitches before Bradley lofted one down the left-field line and off the Monster. Price was removed after 4 2/3 innings on the mound while Cole lasted six.

Survival was not an instinct the Red Sox were forced to develop during a triumphant, 108-win regular season, but they absolutely showed it in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, when a single misstep across the middle part of the game would have been costly and another loss near-fatal. "This is the time when we kick in gear and start fighting". The left-hander hit Martin Maldonado with a 96 miles per hour fastball around a pair of walks and was one strike away from getting out of it, but Springer laced a full-count fastball under Nunez's glove and into left field for a 2-0 lead. "We trust those guys". We went out there to make sure there was no issue with his head.

That the Red Sox won transcended what Price did and did not do on the mound.

Game 2 was the first time ever two No. 1 overall picks started against each other in the postseason.

"That was big - going back to the second inning when I had an opportunity to have a shut-down inning and wasn't able to do that, giving up the two-out double to Springer, that stung", said Price.

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