David Price finished quickly Tuesday in his first appearance in a Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The starting pitcher for the American League, Price, 24, needed just 23 pitches ((16 of them were strikes) to get through the first two innings. He faced the minimum six batters, struck out one and allowed only one hit – an infield single.
His final pitch resulted in a groundball double play to end the second inning.
The former Vanderbilt All-American was picked to play in the contest in just his second full season in the Major Leagues. He reached the All-Star break with an American League-best 12 wins and a 2.42 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays. He also has 100 strikeouts in 115.1 innings.
St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols was the only National League hitter to get the ball out of the infield against Price. Pujols hit a line drive to right field with two outs in the first, but Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki ran it down to end the inning.
New York Mets’ third baseman David Wright was the only one to get on base against Price. He reached with an infield single in the second.
Three hitters grounded out, including Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (a former star with the Nashville Sounds), who hit into the double play. Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard struck out swinging to lead off the second.