Price face-plants: Any hope that this one might go differently from all the other postseason starts David Price has made -- here and elsewhere -- was dashed two batters in when Aaron Judge, the second hitter of the game, hit a moon shot homer. They were obliterated when Gary Sanchez hit one even harder and farther to lead off the second. And after getting two outs, Price proceeded to issue walks to the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, then surrendered a wall double to Andrew McCutchen and was summarily lifted after 1.2 innings. "I didn't execute enough pitches and that was that,'' said Price. "You have to go out there and execute pitches in big spots in counts. And that's something I wasn't able to do tonight.'' This outing stretches his winless streak in the postseason to 10 and begs the question: what now? In the short term, the Red Sox might turn to him to pitch out of the bullpen at some point in the series. He was effective there last October. But long-term, with four more years remaining on his landmark deal, how viable is Price for the Red Sox going forward when he can't seem to win in the postseason and has his worst game against the team's chief rivals?
Offense shuttered: Nearly lost in the Price stink-bomb was an offense that was almost totally ineffectual.