Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 6/6/13
David Ortiz did it again. Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th, Jonny Gomes doubled off Michael Kirkman to lead off the inning for his fourth hit of the game. (Guess he likes batting second.) In a very perplexing move, the Rangers decided to walk Dustin Pedroia intentionally to set up a force out. Only problem was, David Ortiz, who is so clutch the Red Sox organization arbitrarily gave him an award to celebrate him in the middle of his career, was up next. He didn't waste any time. Kirkman tossed a fastball middle in and Ortiz slugged it into the bullpen to end the game. A quick flip of the bat and about eight paces before he went into his home run trot told you everything Papi thought about having Pedroia walked in front of him. It was the Sox' 5th walkoff of the season. Now I understand wanting to set up force outs and all that, but...man. Walking somebody to pitch to David Ortiz, even with a lefty on the mound? Ron Washington's going to have to stew on that on the flight home. Beyond Papi, the credit goes to the top of the order. Gomes and leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury each had four hits. Pedroia had a hit, a walk, and two RBI, and led the team with 25 pitches seen. Guess who was second in that stat, by the way? Jose Iglesias, the man who can't hit and has no patience, walked three times and singled in the 8-hole, while seeing 23 pitches. Will Middlebrooks homered in Pawtucket tonight -- it's a good thing, because Jose is not letting up. That's a 10-game hitting streak for Iglesias, for those of you counting at home. Jon Lester pitched serviceably, yielding three runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out four. It wasn't his sharpest, and he was tagged for two homers, but the Rangers have a tough offense. Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, and Andrew Bailey allowed three hits but didn't walk anyone and didn't allow a run. Just like you draw it up. In tonight's other baseball action, the Red Sox took high school pitcher Trey Ball, a 6'6" lefthander from Indiana. Ball is a two-way player, so the Sox will have a decision to make about whether to have him pitch or play outfield, but much like Casey Kelly a few years ago, they appear to be more interested in him as a pitcher. First they have to sign him; he's committed to play at the University of Texas next year. Box score Image
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