In the third game of the Red Sox-Twins series on Saturday night, the Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound, while the Twins call upon right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Price is 9-7 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP in 20 starts. He was cruising through his last start on Sunday against the Yankees until the fourth inning when he gave up three runs. The 30-year-old left-hander lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, 11 hits and one walk with one strikeout. The lone strikeout tied a season low for Price.
“No, I’m definitely not satisfied,” Price said. “It was a bad fourth inning. Even when I was ahead, I couldn’t execute whatever pitch I was throwing to get an out. That’s tough. They gave me a lead there in the first inning with a home run by [Dustin Pedroia] and I couldn’t capitalize.”
Price has faced the Twins 15 times (14 starts). In those games, Price is 9-3 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.974 WHIP. Price’s career 2.12 ERA against the Twins is the lowest he has against any team with at least 10 starts. Price last faced the Twins in August of last season when he was a member of the Blue Jays. In that outing, Price went eight innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in a 5-1 Toronto win.
Nolasco is 4-8 in 19 starts with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.352 WHIP. Nolasco last pitched on Monday against the Tigers. In a 1-0 Twins loss, Nolasco pitched six innings, giving up one run, three hits and three walks. It was the first time since April 21 that Nolasco gave up less than two runs.
“It was a weird day,” Nolasco said. “I didn’t punch anybody out. Just get that first one out of the way after a long break. I felt pretty decent.”
Against the Red Sox, Nolasco is 3-2 in six starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 0.917 WHIP. The 33-year-old last faced the Sox in May of 2015, when he threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts in Minnesota’s 7-2 home victory.
Twins vs. Price (LHP)
Eduardo Nunez (48 plate appearances): .222 AVG./.271 OBP/.333 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts.
Joe Mauer (38): .176/.263/.206, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts
Kurt Suzuki (36): .212/.257/.424, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts
Brian Dozier (34): .194/.235/.452, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
Danny Santana (19) .263/.263/.474, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 9 strikeouts
Eduardo Escobar (12): .250/.250/.333, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Kennys Vargas (9): .250/.333/.250, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Miguel Sano is 0-for-6 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.
Robbie Grossman is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Eddie Rosario is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.
Red Sox vs. Nolasco (RHP)
Aaron Hill (20 plate appearances): .300 AVG./.300 OBP/.400 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts
David Ortiz (16): .308/.375/1.000, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Dustin Pedroia (15): .267/.267/.267, 1 strikeout
Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/.625, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Michael Martinez is 1-for-7 with 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.
Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-6 with 1 RBI.
Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-5 with 1 triple and 1 strikeout.
Mookie Betts is 2-for-4 with 1 double and 1 strikeout.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-2.