Friday, April 29, 2016

Papi Power! Ortiz Goes First-Pitch Yard To Lift Sox, 4-2

(AP Photo)
Some Hollywood producer has got to get the rights to the 'David Ortiz Story'—and he or she had better get it soon. Big Papi added to his storybook legend tonight as 37,115 fans urged him on at Fenway. With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth, Ortiz came to the plate with a man on against Dellin Betances (against whom he was 0-7). The chants of "Pa-pea, Pa-pea" filled the chill night air. On the first pitch, Ortiz launched a two-run HR into the Monster Seats to give Boston the lead and the eventual win, 4-2. In the seventh inning, Jackie Bradley, Jr. had tied the game with a two-out, two-run Wall double—off a previously almost un-hittable Masahiro Tanaka. Red Sox starter Henry Owens was spotty but hung in for six innings—giving up just two earned runs. All in all, a classic win over The Evil Ones (still mired in last place).