There are nights where all David Price needs is his fastball, a run or two, and some space. Tonight was one of those nights. Price threw 110 pitches and 81 were fastballs, of those heaters, the Indians hitters whiffed at 15. It should be no surprise that Price struck out double digits (a career best 12) and held Cleveland off the scoreboard for seven innings, with Joel Peralta and Adam Russell completing the shutout.
Price is going to be the story from this game, but not because of what he did, but rather what he didn’t do—and that is getting thwacked in the head with a broken bat. Frankly, it needs to be the story. It took severe damage to Buster Posey’s lower body before anyone discussed the dangers of home plate collisions, but it shouldn’t take a pitcher or anyone being struck by a flying chunk of wood for something to happen. Given baseball’s slow tendency to react to things of this nature, I doubt anything changes. Maple bats won’t be outlawed, pitchers won’t have added protective measures, and change will only occur once someone doesn’t get out of the way.
Thankfully, Price did.
The offense was led by a pair of two-run home runs by Casey Kotchman and Sam Fuld—adding that to my “sentences I never thought I’d write” word document—and Matt Joyce recorded three hits as well.
Sean Rodriguez is apparently going to receive the opportunity to become a fulltime shortstop (a good development in the quest for Joyce to play against lefties) and he looked fine there defensively tonight. He has the arm for it.
Per Jason Collette, both Brandon Gomes and Andy Sonnanstine were in the locker room and there was no sign of Alex Cobb. Either the wire agencies jumped the gun (which, where would they get the advanced transactions info from since no beat writer seems to be reporting a pending arrival) or it’s just not happening. I really don’t know. Hopefully tomorrow sheds some light on the situation.