The most clutch hitter in Red Sox history did it again.
After Carlos Beltran robbed David Ortiz of what would have been his second grand slam of the postseason during the second inning of Game 1, Ortiz decided it might be a good idea to stay away from right field.
After working the count full against Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha, FOX announcer Tim McCarver said “he’s locked in” in reference to Ortiz. Seconds later Ortiz crushed an opposite field home run into the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning of Game 2.
The home run was the first time any batter had hit Wacha’s changeup in any of his four postseason starts.
It was also Ortiz’s fifth homer of this postseason, tying his own Red Sox record for most home runs in a single postseason. Ortiz also accomplished the feat in 2004, a year after former second baseman Todd Walker set the record in ’03.
With the home run, Ortiz moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time postseason home run list with 17, passing Beltran and tying Jim Thome.
Check out the blast below:
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