Price labors, stays winless in playoff starts

Lefty believes 'good things are coming,' will be ready if Red Sox need him

Price labors, stays winless in playoff starts

CLEVELAND -- The storyline that feels like it won't end added another familiar chapter on Friday afternoon at Progressive Field.

David Price -- the subject of this recurring theme -- was more disappointed than anyone that he couldn't change the narrative.

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Following the 6-0 loss to the Indians that pinned the Red Sox into an 0-2 deficit in the American League Division Series, Price remained winless as a starter in the playoffs.

In nine postseason starts, Price is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA.

"I have two wins in the postseason, just not as a starter," Price said. "But I know good things are coming to me in October baseball. I know that. I didn't have good things happen today. The Indians are playing well. [Corey] Kluber threw the ball extremely well today. They had good things happen. That's part of it."

For a pitcher with a career 121-65 record and 3.21 ERA, the disparity between the regular season and the postseason is tough to fathom -- particularly for Price.

"I take a tremendous amount of pride in what I do and the way that I work, the way that I prepare myself," Price said. "I haven't had good results yet. They're coming. They're coming."

It wasn't just that Price lost. It was how quickly the defeat developed. The Indians roared for a four-run outburst against him in the second inning, backed by a screaming line drive by Lonnie Chisenhall for a three-run homer to right.

With one out in the fourth, manager John Farrell went to the mound to get Price, marking the first time in his postseason career that the lefty pitched fewer than six innings in a start.

The homer by Chisenhall was the dagger from which the Red Sox never recovered.

Chisenhall's three-run homer

"They bunched some hits," Farrell said. "A couple of well-placed hits. And then in a fastball count or in a hitter count, he's trying to sink a ball down and in to keep it from getting extended. It doesn't get to the spot. Chisenhall hits the ball for a three-run homer. After that, he had some inconsistent command. I felt like we needed to go to the 'pen shortly thereafter."

Farrell on Price's tough outing

Price felt there was some bad luck attached to his rough day.

"Two of the best pitches I felt like I threw in the second inning, one was an infield single and one was a three-run home run," Price said. "That's part of it. It stinks to say it. It stinks to have it happen. But I feel good. I know this team is still confident. I'm still confident in these guys. I know that everybody in this clubhouse is still confident. We're going home, where we play well. Get that first one."

Price strikes out Ramirez

Last December, Price signed a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox. In his opening press conference, Price said he was saving his postseason wins for Boston.

Price is standing by that thought process, and he still thinks he could have some in reserve this October.

"It's coming," Price said. "I know my number's going to get called again to pitch a game in 2016, and I'll be ready. I want it, for sure, and I know these guys will give it to me."

Rick Porcello and Price combined to get just 23 outs in the first two games of the series, which continues on Monday at Fenway Park (6 p.m. ET on TBS).

If the series goes five games, Farrell has the option of going with Porcello or Price.

Because Price went just 65 pitches on Friday, perhaps he could be available out of the bullpen at some point if needed.

"I'll be ready," Price said. "Game 3, Game 4, doesn't matter. I'll be ready to throw whenever. I didn't throw a whole lot of pitches today. With the day off tomorrow and Game 3 on Sunday, I'll be ready to go."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.