The Red Sox Can't Count on David Price


The kid charged the mound and he had his reason, but if you take a look at the game, you know, we're coming back and we're short in pitching.

Austin slammed down his bat and started to walk toward the mound.

Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez led the Yankees with three hits apiece. Kelly waved Austin at him, and things quickly escalated.

Another hotly contested debate on the internet - fueled in part thanks to people like Jon Heyman, who past year argued that Major League Baseball should have forced the Red Sox into an unprecedented forfeiture of victories over the dumbest instance of "cheating" in the history of sports - had to do with the cleanliness or dirtiness of Austin's slide. One night after Joe Kelly's fastball to Tyler Austin's shoulder blade had kicked off a brawl, both teams were on high alert, but no one viewed Sonny Gray's pitch as intentional; Ramirez was trying to swing at it when it hit him.

The other side believes it was dirty because Austin came in with his spikes up and appeared to hit Boston's Brock Holt.

But after another 24 hours to study our well-worn copy of baseball's unwritten rules, the chapters dealing with Austin's slide and Joe Kelly's elbow-seeking fastball remained as ambiguous as they were late Wednesday, when everybody tried to attach blame for the twin fracases.

"I was ready to defend myself", Kelly said after the game. A couple of bench-clearing brawls.

Before Thursday's game, Austin seemed fine, and his face was clear despite absorbing a few glancing blows from Kelly. That's what happened in the Rockies-Padres rumble early Wednesday, when San Diego's Luis Perdomo picked Nolan Arenado to pay the debts of two Rockies pitchers that had previously plunked Padres.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, there was once an intense rivalry between two baseball teams. Martinez picked up Zimmer and threw him to the ground. It was one quick pitch for man, one giant leap in the Yankees and Red Sox historical rivalry. J.D. Martinez, Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland have all homered off Gray in their careers.

The pitch, which recorded a speed of 157km/h, was completely off line and ended up hitting the Yankees' batter on the back. The Sox bullpen would once again falter allowing six more runs through the final eight innings.

Aroldis Chapman gave up two hits and a run on a wild pitch in the ninth, but got three outs to end the game. He's hitting.357/.417/.548 with two doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in just 11 games.

Price (1-1) entered the contest with a 0.00 ERA and 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings, so it's possible he did actually experience "a sensation" in his left hand (whatever that means).