DAVID ORTIZ

"THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE"
David Ortiz leads the Sox in a romp
with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs

July 26, 2015 ... Late this afternoon, David Ortiz was watching as Pedro Martinez gave an emotional speech after being inducted into the Hall of Fame. A few hours later, Ortiz paid tribute to his longtime friend the best way he knows how. Ortiz cracked two long home runs and drove in a career-high seven runs as the Red Sox capped a memorable day for baseball in Boston with an 11-1 victory at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox had 20 hits, their most this season. The 11 runs were only five fewer than they had scored in the previous nine games.

Ortiz was 4 for 5. He had a three-run home run in the fifth inning, an RBI single in the sixth, and a three-run homer in the seventh. In one night Ortiz moved past Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Rogers Hornsby, and Harmon Killebrew into 38th place all-time with 1,587 career RBIs. Ortizís 485 career home runs are 29th in history. He has 19 home runs and 54 RBIs this season.

Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt left the game after six innings after hyperextending his left knee. Holt jammed his knee in the first inning when he stumbled rounding first base after a single. Farrell said the trainers do not expect Holt to miss significant time.

Detroit starter Shane Greene, the former Yankee, came into the game 0-5 with a 12.00 earned run average in his previous six starts. The Tigers, like the Red Sox, are having a disappointing season because of poor pitching. Greene put seven runners on base in the first four innings but allowed only one run. That came in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Blake Swihart. The third time through the order proved bountiful for the Red Sox.

Holt and Xander Bogaerts (4 for 5, now hitting .317) led off with singles. Ortiz was next and he drove a meaty slider over the Tigers bullpen and into the bleachers in right field.  Greene stayed in the game and Ramirez doubled off the wall in left field. After Alejandro De Aza bunted Ramirez to third base, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made the curious decision to walk struggling Pablo Sandoval to get to Mike Napoli, who has been swinging the bat well since the All-Star break. Napoli saw seven pitches before dropping a double into right field that scored Ramirez. Napoli was 2 for 4 and is 10 of 25 in his last seven games with five extra-base hits and five RBIs. The surge could lead to his being traded by the end of the week. Greene (4-8) finally came out of the game and reliever Kyle Ryan ended the inning. The Sox had a 5-1 lead at that point.

Ryan gave up three runs in the sixth inning. Jemile Weeks, who replaced Holt, led off with a single. Singles by Bogaerts and Ortiz produced a run. With two outs, Sandoval singled to right field for his first RBI since July 12. Napoli also singled to right field and Ramirez scored.

Facing Neftali Feliz, the Red Sox kept scoring in the seventh inning. Betts and Bogaerts had singles before Ortiz unloaded on a fastball and sent it into the Monster Seats. That Ortiz was able to hit the ball with power that way was a sign of good timing with his swing. It was the 48th career game with multiple home runs for Ortiz, the first this season. The crowd of 35,582 at Fenway Park, which hasnít had much to cheer about this season, called for a curtain call from Ortiz and got it.

As the Red Sox battered the Tigers, rookie Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3) went a strong seven innings for the Red Sox. He allowed one run on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts. The 22-year-old lefthander threw 66 of his 95 pitches for strikes. Rodriguez was hit hard against the Angels last Monday, giving up seven runs on six hits before he was taken out in the sixth inning. With some extra rest and fine-tuning of his delivery, he controlled the Tigers outside of a home run by Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning.

The Sox took two of three from the Tigers, their first series victory since sweeping two games from Miami July 7-8 at Fenway. 

 
 
 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

3

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

4

3

3

0

x

 

 

11

20

1

 

 

W-Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3)
L-Shane Greene (4-8)
Attendance - 35,582

2B-McCann (Det), Swihart (Bost), Ramirez (Bost),
Napoli (Bost)

HR-Castellanos (Det), Ortiz (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts cf 6 1 1 .262  

 

Brock Holt 2b 3 1 2 .284  

 

Jemile Weks 2b 2 1 1 .500  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 2 4 .317  

 

David Ortiz dh 5 3 4 .243  

 

Hanley Ramirez lf 4 3 2 .268  

 

Daniel Nava ph/lf 1 0 0 .156  

 

Alejandro De Aza lf 4 0 1 .256  

 

Pablo Sandoval 3b 4 0 2 .258  

 

Mike Napoli 1b 4 0 2 .209  

 

Blake Swihart c 5 0 1 .238  

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Eduardo Rodriguez 7 3 1 6 1  
  Robbie Ross 1 0 0 0 1  
  Alexi Ogando 1 0 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2015 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

55 42 -

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

50 50 6 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

48 49 7

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

49 51 7 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

44

45

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