As David Price walked onto the field, he was welcomed by a massive standing ovation by the Blue Jay faithful. He then did not disappoint as Price only allowed one run through eight innings of work. That would be more than enough as homers from Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins supported him in a 5-1 victory.
Price, who was acquired from the Tigers Thursday afternoon, had a solid first outing as a Blue Jay. Only giving up three hits, walking two, while setting down the last 15 batters he faced, striking out 11 in the process.
Price also set a record with 11 strikeouts, breaking the previous record of nine strikeouts.Roger Clemons held the previous record in his April 2 debut, back in 1997.
“This is the type of atmosphere you grow up wanting to be in” said Price, talking about the fan reception throughout the entire game, proving that Jays fans were more than ecstatic to see him take the mound. Another stat that may have helped with David Price being thrilled to be coming to Canada’s only team is simple. Entering last night’s game, the Jays are tied with the Tigers in “on-base” percentage at .332 and they’ve scored 561 runs through 106 games, which is enough to lead all MLB teams. This just showing how potent the Jays offense could be providing they have all the defensive pieces in play.
Now after what has been a wild week, the Jays look to get down to business as they look to sweep the Twins and move further ahead in the Wild Card standings and gain solid ground. They will then head on the road afterwards where Price will get his next start Saturday against the New York Yankees.