Price goes distance using mix of luck, vision
SEATTLE -- David Price on Tuesday night recorded his second complete game of the season, becoming the winning pitcher in a 2-1 Rays victory in which he struck out 12 and walked none.
Price now has 10 career complete games, including six since returning from the disabled list on July 2 -- more than any team besides the Rays during that stretch.
Price's outing was the fourth time in Rays history that a pitcher recorded at least 12 strikeouts while issuing no walks. The others are: James Shields (15 strikeouts, Oct. 2, 2012, vs. Baltimore), Price (13, Sept. 25, 2012, at Boston) and Scott Kazmir (13, Aug. 25, 2007, vs. Oakland).
Seeking a change of fortune after going three starts without a win, Price borrowed pants from right-hander Josh Lueke and striped socks from right-hander Chris Archer.
Not only did Archer loan Price some stripes, but he also took time to watch a vintage 2012 Price performance, when he had a complete-game win over the Red Sox.
"I told [Archer] that was what I was going to do [Tuesday night]," Price said. "I was able to do it. ... It was the same pitch to get the last out of the game."
Price finished off Tuesday night's game by striking out Justin Smoak, which triggered a memory for Archer. In the video that Archer watched with Price, Price struck out Mario Gomez swinging at a 96-mph fastball to end the game.
"When he did it tonight I ran out and said, 'Exact same pitch you threw in that highlight,'" Archer said. "Unbelievable. If you don't believe in manifesting your destiny, that's a perfect example of putting something on your mind and executing it."