“The first ball he hit that night, he hit it 112 miles per hour off the bat, and I was like, alright, he’s ready”. “It’s a tough lineup”. David Price was the wild card. Although Sanchez told ESPN’s Buster Olney, postgame, that he didn’t think much of it, considering Brasier struck out Sanchez with a 97 miles per hour fastball, Brasier’s brashness went unwarranted upon Sanchez’s nail in the coffin homer, two frames later. “You know he’s capable of that. He was huge, obviously, tonight”.
No more excuses for David Price.
With the Yankees desperate for a win, Price absolutely needed to bring his best against a team that has established a habit of getting the best of him. Andrew McCutchen added an RBI single as he plated Gleyber Torres in the second inning.
“I’m not sure”, Price said, when asked what was behind his command issues. “And to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough”. “I knew once I got told it was broken, it was probably going to be about an eight-to-nine week process of getting back”, he told reporters after Game 2.
It didn’t take long to determine where this one was heading, mere minutes actually, as Price’s career record as a playoff starter plummeted to 0-9.
Now it’s true that Price’s ERA as a postseason starter is now 6.03.
The postseason has been Price’s personal palace of misery.
After throwing only 42 pitches, Price said he’d be able to go again as soon as Game 3 in a relief role.
Price can’t start in October.
Perhaps because the Sox stole Game 1 of the ALDS (yes, stole – the Yanks’ inability to drive in RISP cost them the contest), manager Alex Cora figured, there’d be less pressure on Price to perform at Fenway.
“But my spirits aren’t down, my confidence isn’t down”, Price said.
“I said it a year ago and I’ll say it again: I want to win. That’s what I’m here for”, he said. Enough damage had already been done, given a dormant edition of the Red Sox offence had shown up for Game 2. “That’s what I worry about”.
For obvious reasons it was great the Yankees split these two games at Fenway Park. Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier, Brandon Workman and Rodriguez combined to throw 4 ⅓ scoreless innings before the Sanchez homer. The hard-throwing righty struck out the side in the fifth.
Through two games, Eduardo Nuñez is 0 for 7 with a walk and two strikeouts, Sandy Leon is 0 for 5, and Jackie Bradley Jr.is 1 for 5 with a walk and a strikeout. In the top of the second inning, Gary Sanchez returned another cutter to the Green Monster for the Yankees’ second long ball of the night. Coming into the game, Sanchez had five home runs among his six career hits against Price in 13 at-bats.
“I just talked to him and told him, “Just be accountable.’ That’s it”, Cora said, via MassLive.com”.
Judge was playing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” as he walked past the Red Sox clubhouse and headed back to Yankee Stadium. One is, of course, Aaron (insert your verb of choice) Boone.