David Price entered Friday determined to put his postseason struggles in the past.
He didn’t get off to a good start.
The Boston Red Sox left-hander got roughed up out of the gate in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, allowing four runs in the second inning at Progressive Field.
Three of those runs came from an unlikely source: left-handed Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who took Price deep for a three-run home run on a 2-1 fastball.
Why was Chisenhall’s homer so unlikely? As it turns out, that was the 28-year-old’s first long ball off a left-hander all season, as his eight homers this year all came off righties. In fact, homers against lefties have been few and far between for Chisenhall during his six-year major league career.
He has victimized Price before, however, taking the former Cy Young Award winner deep in April 2013 when Price was with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Price’s outing didn’t last much longer, as Red Sox manager John Farrell pulled him after just 3 1/3 innings pitched. Reliever Matt Barnes allowed Price’s inherited run to score, meaning the left-hander’s day ended with five earned runs allowed on six hits.
That’s not the start Price had in mind in his postseason debut with Boston.
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