ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
The Sox and David Ortiz,
wear down the Indians

May 22, 2016 ... From the two previous times they had faced Danny Salazar, the Sox knew they would have their hands full. His arm was big. His fastball was blistering. His changeup was filthy. There weren't many pitchers as stingy with giving up hits. Coming in, he had allowed only 27 in 50 innings.

Driving up pitch counts has been the Sox' M.O. all season, and on their way to a 5-2 win at Fenway Park, the Sox didn't rough Salazar up, they wore him down. It took 40 pitches for Salazar to get out of the first frame, the most pitches he'd thrown in an inning in his career.

Salazar saw eight batters and none of them made it easy. Dustin Pedroia worked him for a nine-pitch walk. Xander Bogaerts squeezed six pitches out of him to get a single, and David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez followed up with RBI singles. Both of their at-bats lasted just three pitches, but Ramirez's ended with a sharp ground ball up the middle that hit Salazar on the foot, shaking him up momentarily. The longer the inning went, the more the Sox knew they were doing their job.

Once Salazar left the mound, he was pitching on borrowed time. He hung around to work 4 1/3 innings. The Sox tagged him for four runs on eight hits and three walks. Ortiz was in the middle of it all, going 4 for 4 and coming a bad bounce shy of going for the cycle for the first time in his career.

Along with the RBI single in the first, Ortiz ripped a liner to right for a ground-rule double that scored a run in the second, and blasted a solo homer over the visitors' bullpen in the fifth. In his last at-bat, Ortiz lifted a 3-and-1 fastball from Indians reliever Austin Adams high toward the triangle in center field. But the ball took an unfortunate hop into the bleachers, giving Ortiz his second ground-rule double of the day.

Still, Ortiz tied a career high with four hits, ran his career home run total to 514, and produced his 14th multi-hit performance in his last 28 games.

The offense provided some breathing room for Sox starter Rick Porcello, who labored himself. He matched his season high with 115 pitches over 52/3innings, but held the Indians to just two runs on five hits to pick up his seventh win of the season, tied for the second most in the American League.

With Jackie Bradley Jr. extending his hitting streak to 27 games with a single in the fifth, Bogaerts stretching his hitting streak to 16 games with a 3-for-5 day, and the Sox going deep for the 22d straight game, the offense continues to hum.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

6

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

x

 

 

5

12

0

 

 

W-Rick Porcello (7-2)
S-Craig Kimbrel (12)
L-Danny Salazar (4-3)
Attendance - 36,021

 2B-Ortiz (2)(Bost), Betts (Bost), Uribe (2)(Clev)

 HR-Ortiz (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 2 2 .279  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 1 0 .293  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 3 .346  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 4 .329  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 1 .215  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 0 1 .342  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 4 0 0 .305  

 

Blake Swihart lf 3 0 1 .222  

 

Christian Vazquez c 4 0 0 .225  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Rick Porcello 5.2 5 2 1 5  

 

Matt Barnes 0.1 0 0 1 1  

 

Tommy Layne 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

Heath Hembree 0.1 0 0 0 0  

 

Koji Uehara 1 1 0 0 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

26 16 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

27

17

-

 

 

New York Yankees

21 22 5 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

20 21 5 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

22 24 6