ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Big Papi to the rescue ... again !!

April 29, 2016 ... On a cold Friday night at Fenway Park, David Ortiz faced Dellin Betances in the eighth inning with an opportunity to change the game. The result left you wondering whether Big Papi should give retirement another thought. Ortiz hammered the first pitch he saw over the wall on left-center, his two-run homer lifting the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory in the first game against their rivals this season.

Nobody was more excited than a 6-year-old boy in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Maverick Schutte had undergone more than 30 surgical procedures because of a congenital heart defect and along the way become friendly with Kevin Millar, a longtime supporter of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Before the game, Millar filmed a video with Ortiz to send to Maverick, wishing him well. Ortiz also promised he would hit a home run later that night.

In a 2-2 game, Betances allowed a one-out single to Xander Bogaerts before starting Ortiz with a curveball on the outside corner. He was waiting for it. Betances threw Mookie Betts three curveballs in the seventh inning. Then in the eighth inning, five of his eight pitches to Dustin Pedroia and Bogaerts were breaking balls.

Ortiz was watching the whole time. When Ortiz came up, he kept his hands back, waited on the pitch and drove it the other way. The ball was hit on a line and the 40-year-old Ortiz ran hard out of box, expecting it to hit the wall. But it cleared with a few feet to spare.

Before tonight, Red Sox hitters were 5 for 46 (.109) against Betances and had struck out 26 times. He had allowed two earned runs over 22 2/3 innings.

Red Sox pitchers retired the last 13 Yankees in a row. Starter Henry Owens set down the final four batters he faced before Matt Barnes, Koji Uehara (1-1), and Craig Kimbrel (seventh save) each worked an inning to send last-place New York to its third straight loss.

The 13-10 Red Sox have won five of six. There were an unusual amount of empty seats for a Yankees game, although a sellout of 37,115 was announced. Those who stayed home surely regretted it.

Owens was fortunate to give up only two runs considering he put 10 runners on base over six innings and threw 49 of his 92 pitches for strikes. He allowed six hits, walked three, hit a batter, and struck out three. He also threw a wild pitch and featured a fastball that hit 90 miles per hour twice all night.

Owens threw Alex Rodriguez an 87-m.p.h. fastball that was up and over the outside corner in the second inning. Rodriguez extended his arms and sent the ball crashing into the Monster Seats in left-center for his fourth home run. Brett Gardner added an RBI single in the fifth inning.

The Red Sox did little with Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka for much of the night. Down 2-0 in the seventh inning, they came back. Travis Shaw and Brock Holt had singles with one out. Tanaka struck out Ryan Hanigan for the third time, but could not get Jackie Bradley Jr. Tanaka started Bradley with a splitter off the outside corner and he went the other way with it, driving the ball off the wall in left for a two-run double. Holt got a good break off first with two outs and scored easily. And then Ortiz broke the tie an inning later.

Before Maverick finally went to bed, he sent a video to Ortiz via Millar. "Big Papi, you never let me down and you're the best player ever in the Red Sox game and I'm trying the hardest to get out there to Fenway Park and meet you," he said. "Bye!"

Millar rushed to the clubhouse after the game to show Ortiz. "Millar was crying when he showed me the video that Maverick sent back," Ortiz said. "It was very touching. I started thinking about it when I got home. That was when I really was like, 'Wow, I can't believe this really happened.'

 

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

6

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

x

 

 

4

8

0

 

 

W-Koji Uehara (1-1)
S-Craig Kimbrel (7)
L-Dellin Betances (0-2)
Attendance - 33,380

 2B-Bradley (Bost)

 3B-Castro (NY)

 HR-ARod (NY), Ortiz (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 0 0 .260  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 0 0 .323  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 1 2 .292  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 2 .307  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 1 .286  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 4 1 1 .309  

 

Brock Holt lf 3 1 1 .250  

 

Ryan Hanigan c 3 0 0 .185  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 0 1 .244  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Henry Owens 6 6 2 3 3  

 

Matt Barnes 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Koji Uehara 1 0 0 0 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

14 8 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

13

10

1 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

10 12 4

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

11 13 4

 

 

New York Yankees

8 13 5 1/2