Boston, MA - Once again during this post-season, David Price has proven himself demonstrably important to the success of the Boston Red Sox, especially during this 2018 campaign that has led the team deep into playoffs.
With the team's ace, Chris Sale, ailing due to a number of injuries, Boston needed a new starting pitcher to rise to the occasion. And while Rick Porcello has been a stellar setup man and Nathan Eovaldi has risen to become a durable third starter, there is no denying that Price has answered the call since his abysmal ALDS showing to become an undeniable asset to the team.
Garnering a no decision in the ALCS and subsequently, the win in the clinching of Game Five, Price has now unleashed his newfound post-season prowess against the Los Angeles Dodgers in this World Series.
Price was nothing short of excellent last night in Game Two as he had only one inning that gave him a little bit of trouble, but some could argue he should never have been in that spot in the first place due to some questionable calls on balls and strikes. Ultimately, Price gave up just two runs on three hits, en route to the win in Game Two.
The bullpen locked down the Dodgers after Price was removed when the team retired sixteen consecutive batters to end the game on the heels of Price, Joe Kelly, Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel, who had another solid save.
As for the offense, Ian Kinsler got the ball rolling with a single to score Xander Bogaerts in the second inning (the Red Sox are 9-0 in the playoffs when scoring first) before the rally began in the fifth inning that included a Steve Pearce walked with the bases loaded to score Christian Vazquez and then an immediate two-run single from J.D. Martinez that scored Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi. All of this came with two outs in the inning, to boot.
With hitters like Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Rafael Devers scorching hot right now and relievers like Kelly and Kimbrel stepping up, the Red Sox have a lot to feel good about as they go back to Los Angeles with a 2-0 series lead. But there is work to be done and it continues on Friday night!