Friday night in Cincinnati provided a window into how the Red Sox intend to use David Price in the post-season. If utilizing Price in relief works as well in October as it did against the Reds, the Red Sox will be more than satisfied.
Rick Porcello started the game, but was off from the beginning. In addition to allowing a grand slam to Scooter Gennett in the first inning, Porcello also demonstrated some spotty command, issuing three walks while also hitting a batter.
The Sox rebounded to take a one-run lead in the fourth, but Porcello didn’t come back out for the fifth. Instead, the Sox called on Price.