On a Friday night where David Price was not perfect, he finally didn’t need to be. After Price gave up a 2 run bomb to Rickie Weeks in the first inning, it felt like it was going to be another tough game for Red Sox fans to watch. Luckily, Hanley Ramirez had no intentions of losing a 3rd consecutive game to a bad team. Through just two innings, Hanley had already hit 2 three-run home runs.
As a team, the Sox took an 8-2 lead after these 2 innings of play giving David Price a big cushion to work with. This helped Price settle in as he only allowed 1 more run the rest of the night on a solo home run by Tuffy Gosewisch. I would imagine it must be pretty embarrassing to let a guy named Tuffy take you deep, but I’m sure David Price could care less since he collected his first win since July 10th. Another notable moment in this game was David Ortiz blasting a 7th inning homer to center field for his 1,000th extra base hit as a member of the Red Sox. This gives Big Papi 26 home runs and 90 RBI’s in his magical final season. After a night in which Alex Rodriguez played his final game, let’s appreciate what Ortiz has done this season while we still can.
I don’t care how much we’re paying David Price. I will take 8 IP with 3 ER every time out if that’s what he’s going to give us. No matter what he does, the ignorant fans will continue to point to his contract and say that he should be doing better given the fact that we’re paying him 31 million dollars this season. Yes, the Red Sox overpaid him. I know that, they know that, and I bet even David Price knows that. The Sox had to overpay to get him to come to Boston or else they were going to come into a second straight season with Clay Buchholz as their ace. Being the highest paid pitcher of all time, the only way to live up to this contract would be to perform like the greatest pitcher of all time. For some reason, people can’t accept that that’s just not possible. I realize that he has been a huge disappointment this year. An ERA over 4 is unacceptable for a pitcher of his caliber. However, fans need to look at a start like this one and be satisfied that he’s going deep into the game and getting the win. It’s clearly not his best, but it’s good enough. With Rick Porcello taking over the role as the ace of this staff, good enough every five days is all we really need from Price. Even if Red Sox Nation knows that Price is capable of more, performances like these are going to have to do for the time being.
If it rains it pours in the world of Hanley Ramirez. When Hanley’s cold, he can’t ever seem to buy a hit. On the other hand, when Hanley gets hot he turns into one of the scariest hitters in the American League. We saw it in July when he won player of the week in the week that he had the 3 home run game against San Francisco. Over the past 2 games we have seen it again. He busted out of his recent slump on Thursday night going 2 for 3 before leaving the game after getting annihilated by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez in a collision at first base. To the disbelief of Red Sox fans, Ramirez was back in the lineup Friday night and he made his presence felt early. Hanley hit 2 times in the first 2 innings mashing 2 home runs and collecting 6 RBI’s. Maybe leaving the game with an ugly looking injury is the best formula for busting out a slump. It worked for Ortiz, it worked for Hanley, maybe Jackie Bradley Jr. should give it a try.
The Red Sox play 2 more games against the D-Backs before leaving Boston for another 11 game road trip. With a Blue Jays loss, the Red Sox find themselves just 2 games back of first place in the division. This would be a great time for this team to get hot and give Toronto and Baltimore a run for their money. Hopefully they can use these next two games to beat up on a bad team and gain momentum before they head off to Cleveland, Baltimore, Detroit, and Tampa Bay. There’s a lot of uncertainty going into Saturday with Clay Buchholz taking the ball in place of Steven Wright. Buchholz has looked much better in his recent appearances out of the bullpen and will look to carry that success into the starting role. If the offense can produce like they did on Friday, this team can be very dangerous going forward.