With the Boston Red Sox down 5-1 and seemingly out of it on Sunday night, David Ortiz provided the big hit they needed in the bottom of the 8th inning.
In fact, it was a hit of the biggest variety – a game tying grand slam.
Detroit Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland regretted not telling his closer Joaquin Benoit to be careful with the long-time Boston star.
“I made a mistake that I take full responsibility for,” Leyland said, according to ESPNBoston.com. “I should’ve reminded [Benoit] that we didn’t want to Ortiz to beat us.”
Big Papi’s blast sailed just out of reach of a leaping Torii Hunter, who tumbled over the wall and got scuffed up on the play.
The question is, after all the success Ortiz has had, does a pitcher really need reminding to be careful? I suppose it can’t hurt to be extra cautious, especially in the ALCS.
David Ortiz has hit 15 home runs in his Major League postseason career – three this postseason — with 54 RBI and a respectable .284 batting average.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a game winning single in the bottom of the 9th that scored Jonny Gomes and Boston walked off to even the series at one game apiece leading into today’s game three in Detroit.
I’m willing to bet Benoit won’t need reminding to be careful should this situation arise this time around.