David Price may not have had his best stuff in Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but in the end, it did not matter as the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 3-2 victory.
The Phillies hit Price well during his outing, tagging him for eight hits in his four innings of work. However, he limited the damage, allowing only two runs while striking out five batters. Meanwhile, the Rays bullpen was excellent, allowing only two hits during their five combined innings, while recording four strikeouts.
Philadelphia initially held a 2-0 lead on the strength on a first inning RBI single from Michael Young and a solo home run from Kevin Frandsen in the top of the third. The Rays came back in the bottom half of the frame, putting three runs up on Kyle Kendrick. with Evan Longoria hitting a two run double to put the Rays ahead.
Matt Joyce made two excellent plays with his arm, first gunning down Frandsen as he attempted to get to third in the first inning, then he threw out Darin Ruf as he attempted to score to end the fourth inning. Chris Gimenez went 2-3 with a run scored in the win.