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Big Papi Strikes Again

David Ortiz

They call him Big Papi for a reason.  Since coming to Boston from the Minnesota Twins, David Ortiz has won countless games for the Red Sox with his heroics in clutch situations.  There’s no hitter in baseball you’d rather have at the plate when the game is on the line. 

Today’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was a roller coaster.  The Halos scored two in the first inning off Boston starter Josh Beckett, but Boston countered with one run of its own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by, who else, David Ortiz.  Anaheim would add another run in the 5th to go up 3-1, but Boston countered with two of its own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game; one of the runs came on another RBI single by Big Papi.  The game remained tied until the 7th inning when Curtis Pride homered for Anaheim to give the Angels a 5-3 lead.  Anaheim scored again in the 8th, making it 6-3.  In the bottom of the 8th however, David Ortiz struck again, with his MLB-leading 35th homerun making the score 6-4.  The Red Sox would score two more runs in the inning on a ground-rule-double by Mike Lowell, tying the game at 6.  And the score would remain tied until the bottom of the 11th inning when, guess who, David Ortiz won it with a walkoff RBI single.  The final score was 7-6, and the game was almost completely decided by #34.

And the Angels knew the game could have ended with the same score in the 9th inning, because Anaheim pitcher Francisco Rodriguez intentionally walked Ortiz with runners in scoring position in the 9th.  Boston would not score in the inning because Manny Ramirez grounded into a double-play.  Still, the Angels couldn’t stay away from Ortiz’s heroics, and it’s thanks to Big Papi that the Red Sox still have the lead over the Yankees in the AL East. 

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One Response to “Big Papi Strikes Again”

  1. He is amazing in the clutch.

    PS…love that you’re adding pix to the blog now.


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