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David Price officially named Game 2 starter

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We already knew that Chris Sale will pitch for the Red Sox in Game 1. Now Alex Cora has met with the press and officially announced that David Price will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Price tossed six scoreless innings in his Game 5 start against the Astros last week to pitch the Red Sox into the World Series, relying heavily on his changeup. Some people wondered if Price might be held until Game 3 where he’d be guaranteed the warmer temperatures of Dodger Stadium, but really, wouldn’t everyone prefer that?

Game 3’s starter is still up in he air. It will either be Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi, but given that each of them have been used in relief at various times this postseason, Cora will likely wait to see who will be the fresher come Friday.

Stephen Strasburg homers, knocks in five runs vs. Braves

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Stephen Strasburg‘s bat was on fire Thursday night in Atlanta. He hit a three-run home run off of Touki Toussaint to cap off an eight-run third inning, then added a two-run single off of Toussaint in the fifth.

The last time a pitcher knocked in at least five runs was on April 11, 2014 when Madison Bumgarner homered and drove in five runs at home against the Rockies. Strasburg is just the seventh pitcher since 2000 to knock in five runs in one game. The others, along with Strasburg and Bumgarner:

  • Chris Carpenter (Cardinals) vs. Reds, October 1, 2009 (HR, 6 RBI)
  • Jason Marquis (Cubs) vs. Mets, September 22, 2008 (HR, 5 RBI)
  • Micah Owings (Diamondbacks) vs. Braves, August 18, 2007 (2 HR, 6 RBI)
  • Robert Person (Phillies) vs. Expos, June 2, 2002 (HR, 7 RBI)
  • Shawn Estes (Giants) vs. Expos, May 24, 2000 (HR, 5 RBI)

Strasburg is 3-for-3 overall as he also singled to lead off the third. Tonight’s homer marked the fourth of his career and he’s now up to 25 RBI.

Strasburg is performing well on the mound as well. At the time of this writing, he has held the Braves to a lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts over four innings as the Nationals lead 10-1.