Daily Process: Price Dominates, Rays Cruise | The Process Report

Daily Process: Price Dominates, Rays Cruise

It’s a distant memory now, but a David Price day start versus the Jays gave a glimpse of the future back in 2009. Then, Price struck out seven, walked one, and allowed a run over si innings while defeating Roy Halladay. (A fun note about that game: Jose Bautista led off for the Jays and Kevin Millar was the DH.) A few starts later, the Jays would rock him in Toronto and the start sort of faded into oblivion.

Today, Price struck out 10 in 8 2/3 innings, walked none, and allowed a single run. Even the run was difficult to blame on Price, as Sean Rodriguez misplayed a ball in the ninth that got by Casey Kotchman (who somehow avoided injury as the pint-sized John McDonald ran into his extended arm, causing him to collapse). A few plays later, Price would exit with a two-run lead and the bases empty. Price was at 118 pitches, but I doubt that was the lone reason he was pulled. It’s not like there is a magic number.

Price dominated with his fastball against a rather weak lineup. He was able to pitch inside against righties with ease and on days like today, he didn’t need much else than the heater and some space. I don’t know if it was the best start of his career, but it’s up there.

Kyle Farnsworth got the game finish and further cements his status as a proven closer.

The offense did enough. It wasn’t a banner day or anything, but a third inning rally plated three and that was all Price needed.

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