As soon the ball hopped off of David Ortiz’s bat, David Price figured it wasn’t coming back.
There was no question to Price whether it was going to going to drift foul either.
It was a homer, the second one he would allow to Ortiz Saturday night.
He just wanted Ortiz to hurry up and take his victory lap.
“He knows how I’ve pitched him for the last probably year-and-a-half, two years,” Price said. “So he steps in the bucket and hits a homer. And he stares at it to see if it’s fair or foul, I’m sure that’s what he would say, but as soon as he hit it and I saw it I knew it was fair. Run.”
Price suffered through the worst postseason start of his career, giving up nine hits (six for extra bases), two homers and every run in the Rays 7-4 loss to the Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
Knowing how confident the Rays were with having Price on the mound after an ugly Game 1 loss, Price said he was disappointed to let his team slip into a two-games-to-none hole.
“I don’t know what my stat line is, but I know I gave up quite a few earned runs,” he said. “It stings especially in a time in the postseason whenever you want to go out there and pitch your best. You’re as good as your last game and tonight I wasn’t very good.”