Red Sox Weekly Recap Ortiz Edition
The Toronto Blue Jays arrived in Boston this past Tuesday looking to get out of the AL east basement and in game one of the three game series they would outslug the Red Sox for a 9-6 win. Toronto hit 3 homeruns to send Felix Doubront to his 4th defeat, David Ortiz hit 2 homeruns to try to keep Boston in touch but only Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Kalish could further contribute in the RBI column.
In game two Toronto looked good for 6 innings but the 1-0 lead would not prove to be enough as Jarrod Saltalamacchia would take Jason Frazer deep for his 14th of the season. In the same inning Pedroia would single home Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava and the Sox would take a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the 8th Gonzalez would double home Ortiz and Cody Ross would score on a Will Middlebrooks sac fly. Aceves would throw a 1-2-3 inning to give the Sox a 5-1 victory.
In what would turn out to be a big night for the Boston offence Jon Lester would face Ricky Romero. Romero struggled early with command and the Sox would put up 6 runs in the first inning. Lester would go on to give up 4 runs in his 7 innings but the Sox had already put 10 on the board and Toronto never looked like mounting a comeback. David Ortiz hit his 399th homerun in this one, and the wait is on for #400. Ortiz, laughing, would say after the game that he was looking to hit number 400 in his final at bat but that Luis Perez didn’t give him anything to hit because “He didn’t want to appear on ESPN”. This would end a 9 game homestand with the Red Sox taking victory in 7 of those matchups.
A four game series in Seattle began the next day with the Mariners ace Felix Hernandez taking on Boston’s reliever turned starter Franklin Morales. Morales would go toe-to-toe with King Felix over 7 innings and the game would remain tied until the bottom of the 9th when Scott Atchison would give up a double to Casper Wells and John Jaso would get the walk off single to hand the Mariners a 1-0 win.
Game 2 would see Boston hand the Mariners their 46th defeat of the season as Middlebrooks, Ross, Nava and Saltalamacchia would all homer off Hector Noesi. 5-0 would be the final score. The big story for Boston was Aaron Cook going the distance while only giving up 2 hits and only throwing 81 pitches. He induced 14 ground ball outs and struck out 2.
It would be another tough walk off loss in game three of the series as the game went 11 innings before Chone Figgins would hit a walk off sac fly off Aceves who was in his third inning of relief. Josh Beckett made his return from the disabled list in this game going 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Mark Melancon would reduce his ERA to 11.17 as he continues to recover from his early season woes.
Boston would get a 10th inning win in the final game of the series after Dustin Pedroia homered to tie the game at 1-1 in the 8th. In the top of the 10th Ryan Kalish would come through with a double and then score on an Ortiz sac fly. Aceves would make yet another appearance (even after going 2.1 innings the previous night) and get another 1-2-3 inning to notch save number 19 and split the series 2-2.
David Ortiz would learn he is the sole representative of the Boston Red Sox in the All Star game and he was disappointed that he would be travelling to Kansas on his own, telling ESPN “I hope it’s not boring. I like hanging out with my boys.”
This week sees Boston visit Oakland for 3 games before returning to Fenway for a 4 game series against the New York Yankees.