After last night’s 5-1 Rays victory, Todd Kalas asked David Price to describe Yunel Escobar’s backhanded flip of the ball to start a 6-4-3 double play. "WOW" was all Price could say. WOW is exactly how I would describe David Price’s pitching last night, too.
For your viewing pleasure, here’s Escobar’s #1 WebGem:
Price told TK after the game that he is in complete control of all four of his pitches right now. His pitching performances since his return from the DL are definitely reflecting that and last night was no different. David threw a complete game on 97 pitches, allowing only one earned run, on a Napoli solo shot, and five total hits while striking out four. Price induced 12 groundouts and 5 flyouts over the course of the game. 72 of his 97 pitches were for strikes, with three of them swinging.
For more highlights from last night’s game, give Danny’s recap a read here.
Per Dave Haller of the Rays Communications Department, David Price is the only pitcher since 1999 to throw three complete games in less than 100 pitches in a span of four starts. Holy efficiency! Haller also mentioned that only three pitchers have done this in a whole season since 1999.
Thoughts from the Rays
Superb game, from a superb human. DP never ceases to amaze! #CyPrice— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher42) July 25, 2013
#scnumber1 no doubt escobars behind the back should be the top spot! WOW— Matthew Joyce (@sweetswingin20) July 25, 2013
David is a sharper version of 2012. Hard to imagine anyone pitching better in terms of stuff, velocity, location vs. a quality opponent.— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) July 25, 2013
The Rays are back within a half a game of the AL East lead and they could leave Boston in first place with another win tonight. Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound tonight against John Lackey to wrap up the series. Happy Helloween!
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