Price, Sox teach Glasnow a thing or two

by Gary Shelton on August 19, 2018 · 0 comments

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Glasnow had a rough start, but improved./JEFFREY S. KING

Glasnow had a rough start, but improved./JEFFREY S. KING

Sunday, 3 a.m.

Everywhere, there were lessons for young Tyler Glasnow.

There was the Boston Red Sox, baseball's best offense. There was former Tampa Bay Ray David Price, dealing once again. There was the scoreboard, which seemed as if it might fall over and flatten Glasnow before he could begin.

And, in the end, it was all too much for Glasnow, the young pitcher for the Rays. But after a wobbly first inning -- two doubles, three walks and an error added up to four runs for the Red Sox -- Glasnow settled down and rebounded to throw 6 2/3 innings for the Rays.

Ah, but that first inning was soft enough that the Rays absorbed a 5-2 loss, one that left the Sox 52 games above .500 and the Rays but one (62-61).

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Price dominated his former teammates again./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Price dominated his former Rays' teammates again./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

"Very encouraging," Rays' manger Kevin Cash said. "The first inning was such a fluke for him, for all of us. Just a lot of odd things. The strike throwing kind of eluded him for whatever reason, but he's got to take a lot of positives from that outing.

"The adjustment was he started to get efficient. He started to challenge guys earlier in the count, didn't fall behind. I know they squared some balls up, but to give up four, give up a home run to J.D. Martinez, that's it. Very impressive to work that deep into the ballgame."

Cron had a long home run for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Cron had a long home run for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

"Things were a little out of whack," Glasnow said. "I just had to clear it and go back out and get back in the compete mode."

Glasnow decided he was going to go on the attack.

"Just go out there and attack them and just know your stuff, and your stuff's going to play," Glasnow said. "So just go out there with confidence and pitch.

"... I think in Pittsburgh, things like that would happen and I wasn't able to go out and complete the day, so I'm definitely happy with going back out after the first inning and getting through 6 2/3."

The Rays didn't have a much of a chance with Price on the mound. He limited the Rays to a zero-for-eight night with runners in scoring position. The Rays are two-for-14 with runners in scoring position over the last two nights.

Bauers had a key error in the first./CARMEN MANDATO

Bauers had a key error in the first./CARMEN MANDATO

Price is now 13-6 on the season.

"He's so good," Cash said. "He's so tough. He's done it for a long time. The way he commands the fastball, inside to righties, he just has a knack for getting big strikeouts when he needs to. ... When he needs a strikeout, he knows how to get it

C.J. Cron had two hits for Tampa Bay, including a long home run.

The Rays now try to salvage one game from the series in today's game at Fenway. Diego Castillo will open for the Rays against Hector Velazquez, who starts in the place of injured Chris Sale.


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