May 14, 2016

G37: Red Sox 6, Astros 5 (11)

Astros  - 140 000 000 00 - 5 11  0
Red Sox - 201 100 001 01 - 6 14  0
David Ortiz, who tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with a run-scoring triple, won the game with a double that bounced into the triangle. Xander Bogaerts had singled with one out in the bottom of the 11th and, with Ortiz at the plate, raced to second on a wild pitch.

Houston decided to let Michael Feliz pitch to Big Papi with first base open - and Ortiz made the Astros pay on the very next pitch. It was Ortiz's first walk-off hit since June 6, 2013 - and, including the postseason, it was the 20th walkoff hit of his Red Sox career.

Ortiz's two-out triple (his first three-bagger since June 15, 2013) in the bottom of the ninth had scored Bogaerts with the tying run. Hanley Ramirez bunt-grounded out to send the game into extra innings.

The game-winning double was the 600th of Ortiz's career. He joins Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron as the only players in history with 600+ doubles and 500+ home runs.

George Springer's grand slam in the second inning wiped out a 2-1 Red Sox lead. Two of Houston's three baserunners reached via walks by Clay Buchholz (6-7-5-3-5, 105).

Jackie Bradley singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. ... In addition to his momentous triple and double, Ortiz hit a solo home run in the third. ... Bogaerts had three hits and Mookie Betts had two. ... Shaw doubled and walked twice.

Collin McHugh / Clay Buchholz
Betts, RF
Bradley, CF
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Shaw, 3B
Rutledge, 2B
Holt, LF
Vazquez, C
The unstoppable Jackie Bradley (19-game hitting streak, 1.001 OPS (#4 in AL)) moves up to the #2 spot as Dustin Pedroia has the day off.

Milestone Post Alert!


allan said...

The Red Sox Offense Has Been Better Than the 1927 Yankees
by Owen Watson (Fangraphs) - May 13, 2016

allan said...

Yankees - 20
White Sox and Cubs (combined) - 20

laura k said...

On-field "how did that feel" and "will you play one more season" questions don't count as talking to the media, I guess.

This was an amazing game. So much fun.

allan said...

From Elias: David Ortiz hit a solo home run in the third inning, a game-tying triple in the ninth inning and a walk-off double in the eleventh inning in the Red Sox win over the Astros. Ortiz, at the age of 40 years, 178 days old, is the oldest player in the modern era (since 1900) with a double, triple and home run in the same game. Ortiz broke the record held by Bob Thurman, who at the age of 40 years, 133 days, turned the trick for the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cubs at Crosley Field.