I got off to a busy start. It didn't seem like that many but I just got quite a few from the get-go [eight in the first four innings]. ... [Jason Bay and I] were joking that if there were any ball hit even down the line, I'd call him off and he'd say he lost it in the lights.The other two times also happened in Boston:
Earl Clark, Braves, May 10, 1929 vs RedsIn the sixth inning, Lyndon broke the Red Sox record of 10 putouts, which had been held by four outfielders:
Lyman Bostock, Twins, May 25, 1977 at Red Sox
Ted Williams, September 4, 1948 at AthleticsThe box score for the 1978 game credits Lynn with only nine putouts, but I did count 10 in the play-by-play account.
Tommy Umphlett, August 16, 1953 vs Senators
Fred Lynn, June 4, 1978 at Angels
Lee Tinsley, August 14, 1995 vs Yankees
David Ortiz, on hitting his first home run of 2009:
I feel good, man, I feel like I just got that big ol' monkey off my back. In this game sometimes that's all it takes, to have a good at-bat, to get a good hit, and then everything starts clicking. ...Big Papi's papi was in the stands last night.
I was missing pitches I normally hit, or sometimes put a good swing on it and still miss. That's crazy, it gets you thinking. It puts you in a situation where you're thinking, "What do I have to do?" I'll try it all. I was about to hit right-handed.
Jason Varitek has his eighth multi-homer game last night and his first since August 16, 2005. ... Kevin Youkilis picked up right where he left off, getting three hits last night and boosting his batting average to .409.