Many Major League Baseball pitchers will be happy when David Ortiz retires. Joaquin Benoit is one of them.
Benoit, of course, was on the mound for the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS when the Boston Red Sox slugger took him deep for a clutch grand slam.
Benoit now is with the Toronto Blue Jays, and on Sunday, he found himself staring in at Ortiz with two runners on in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre.
Similar clutch situation, similar clutch result.
Big Papi’s no-doubt, three-run homer came at a perfect time, transforming the Red Sox’s one-run deficit into a two-run lead.
Ortiz’s 32nd homer of the season also had historical significance: It was his 535th career roundtripper, moving him past former Red Sox legend Jimmie Foxx for 18th on MLB’s all-time list.
Ortiz’s blast also gave him 110 RBI on the season, which in itself marked an impressive milestone.
Ortiz now has 41 homers at Rogers Centre, the most of any opponent in baseball.
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