David Ortiz is really good at doing a few things such as, smiling, giving tremendous hugs, and bailing the Red Sox out of trouble late in ballgames.
Ortiz’s homer off of the always grotesque (but with the beard, yikes) Joba Chamberlain in the top of the ninth helped Boston beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 to snap their five-game losing skid. Papi smashed one of several sliders he had seen in the at-bat deep into the Motown sky, perhaps lifting the spirit of his teammates in the process.
John Lackey was a workhorse, tossing eight innings to pick up the win while Koji Uehara earned his 12th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth, i.e. business as usual for him when he gets into the game with a lead.
Before Ortiz’s homer Boston was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, just continuing the cycle of their offense this season. Everyone else in the American League East lost, so this win was even bigger for the squad, if not getting a better feeling going around the clubhouse would be enough.
It was great to see Brock Holt in left field and his athleticism showed cutting off balls near the line and on his nice catch near the wall early in the contest. It seems that Grady Sizemore can be the odd-man out if Holt continues to show competence in the outfield.
It’s now off to Baltimore to face the division rivals to try and get this ship back on course. Jake Peavy will take the ball in an effort to win the first game of a series for the first time in about a week for Boston.