Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Papi Gets Anything But Fastballs From Jose Fernandez

(AP Photo)
Before last night's All-Star Game, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez stated that, if he faced David Ortiz, he'd groove him a fastball so he could go yard in his final Midsummer Classic. In reality, not so much. Said Ortiz, "I was supposed to hit a home run in my second at-bat. My boy told me he was going to throw me a fastball, and the first pitch was a changeup. Then 3-2, he threw me a slider, and I'm like, 'Are you trying to break my back?' But he said it was the catcher's fault." The game—won again by the American League 4-2—saw Ortiz go 0-1 with a walk. The three other Carmine Hosers had at least one hit each—Jackie Bradley, Jr. (2-2); Xander Bogaerts (1-2), Mookie Betts (1-2). Bradley also made a nice defensive play that saved a run early on in the contest. All in all, a good way to get home field advantage at Fenway Park in October.