David Ortiz was Mr. Clutch yet again, as he lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday as the Sox took the rubber game of the three game series at Fenway Park. According to a report by Boston.com on April 9, Big Papi’s three-run homer came at just the right time.
It was a familiar setting for Ortiz. With his team down 2-1 in the eighth inning and two runners on base, the best designated hitter in the game took a 1-1 pitch from Rangers lefty reliever Neal Cotts deep into the right field seats, high over the Pesky pole.
The home run came at an opportune time not just for the team, putting them ahead 4-2, but also for Ortiz, who had been 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his career off Cotts.
“It was pretty close, but I knew it was fair, “Ortiz said after the game. “I wanted to make sue it was fair, I wanted to keep watching it…”
But Big Papi’s opportunity to win the game wouldn’t have been possible without another strong pitching performance from Jake Peavy.
Peavy was strong in his second straight start, striking out eight and allowing just three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Although he didn’t get a decision in the game, John Farrell called his effort “outstanding.” Peavy felt just as good about how he performed on the mound.
“I felt good, and I was happy to give us a chance to win a ballgame. I wanted to do more, but I got behind Mitch Moreland there and was frustrated not to finish the seventh. Overall, I had good stuff, good command. There were some walks, but clean that up and be ready for Chicago, I guess.”
Pitching has not been the problem for the Red Sox so far in this early season it has been the offense. Hopefully Ortiz’s blast will catapult the team. The team may get some help soon as both Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks are making strides to return to the team after stints on the disabled list.
With Victorino slated to return, Jackie Bradley Jr. may lose some playing time, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be sent down. Bradley’s strong play in the field and clutch hits over the last couple of games may have earned him a permanent roster spot. According to a report by the Boston Herald, the outfield would consist of Bradley, Victorino, Grady Sizemore, Daniel Nava and Johnny Gomes.
The Red Sox will see their old friend, Jacoby Ellsbury, when the team starts a four-game series against their heated rivals, the New York Yankees on Thursday night (April 10.)