David Price could not have been much better as he made sure things did not get any worse.
Price and fellow Middle Tennessee native R.A. Dickey each pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday in the 83rd Majoe League Baseball All-Star Game. Price, of Murfreesboro, did not allow a base-runner whereas Dickey, from Nashville, faced a little trouble when two of the first three batters he faced reached a base.
Outside of the stalemate between those two, the rest of the game, played at Kansas City, was no contest as Dickey’s National League teammates jumped to an early lead and cruised to an 8-0 victory over Price and the rest of the American League.
Price entered the game in the top of the third inning with the American League trailing 5-0. He was his team’s third pitcher
The hard-throwing left-hander threw just seven pitches, five of them for strikes. He retired Cincinnati’s Joey Votto on a groundball, St. Louis’ Carlos Beltran on a fly ball and San Francisco’s Buster Posey on a foul ball to the catcher. Those three batted Nos. 4, 5 and 6 in the National League’s starting lineup.
The N.L. scored five in the top of the first against starter Justin Verlander. Joe Nathan replaced him and worked a perfect second as a lead-in to Price, the former Vanderbilt All-American who pitched made his second All-Star Game appearance.
Price, who plays for the Tampa Bay Rays, has allowed one hit and no runs in three career All-Star Game innings. He has faced the minimum of just nine batters.
Dickey, a starter for the New York Mets, came on in the bottom of the sixth with the National League leading 8-0. The four pitchers who preceded him allowed a combined four hits and two walks.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout led off the inning with a single and then stole second. Dickey also hit the third batter he faced, Chicago’s Paul Konerko but got out of trouble when he got Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Dickey, a first-time All-Star at 37 years old, struck out Los Angeles’ Mark Trumbo for his first out.
“I felt like I wanted to get up and start throwing every inning down there,” Dickey said in a television interview shortly after he left the contest. “It’s a whole different dynamic coming out of the [bullpen], especially since this is the first time I’ve done it in a long time. I threw some pretty good [pitches]. … It all worked out.”