Boston, MA– The series against the Baltimore Orioles could not have come at a better time for the Boston Red Sox. After falling flat on their faces out of the gate in 2019, they have rebounded pleasantly in the season's first home stand, which saw the Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays come to town.
These teams were certainly easier opponents for the Red Sox, and while the team still needs time to get back into their groove, it was reassuring to watch them find their footing. This is especially true of David Price, who has followed up Eduardo Rodriguez's best Boston start of the season with an even better one to sandwich in that ugly 9-5 loss.
Price continued to cement his status as one of the all-time best Fenway Park pitchers as he now ranks second in terms of all-time win percentage there with a minimum of 20 starts, per the Elias Sports Bureau. His start against the Orioles on Sunday, ahead of the annual Patriots Day early morning game, was nothing short of masterful as he grabbed the win with seven innings of shutout baseball and seven strikeouts to match.
Even after Price exited the game, Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes kept the Birds at bay with two more shutout innings to result in a complete 4-0 Red Sox blanking of Baltimore.
Boston's four runs came solely from Xander Bogaerts. In the fourth inning, he hit a sacrifice fly to plate Steve Pearce and in the eighth inning, he hit a three run home run to score Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Props to Xander for the big game!
The Orioles series was a welcome reprieve from our Red Sox woes. They will hopefully be able to maintain their newfound rhythm going forward. They're back on the road in their next two series to face their arch rivals, the New York Yankees, whom they have not seen since ousting them in the 2018 ALDS, and the Tampa Bay Rays, who have quickly found themselves at the top of the American League East.