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The bases were loaded with two outs in the top of the 12th inning. David Ortiz was at the plate. He had zero home runs to that point in the season, and sent a ball to the warning track earlier in the game. He was due for a big hit, but all he needed was a single to give the Red Sox the lead. Instead of all that, Big Papi hit a slow rolling ground ball toward third base and was thrown out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, Manny Delcarmen came on for the Red Sox in relief of Jonathan Papelbon. After Brad Penny (6.1 IP, 4 ER) left in the seventh inning, the Sox bullpen was strong, including 2.2 hitless innings from Ramon Ramirez. The Angels finally broke the bullpen, as Delcarmen allowed two hits and the game-winning run in a 5-4 Angels victory.
Julio Lugo, SS: Lugo had easily his best game this season, going 5-6 with a run scored, a stolen base, and an RBI to raise his average to .349. Now, if he can figure out how to use his glove, Lugo could be a nifty No. 9 hitter.
David Ortiz, “DH”: OK, maybe that was mean. He’s still this team’s designated “hitter,” but he had one of his worst games as a Red Sox, definitely. He finished 0-7 with three strikeouts, and 11 men left on base. He had many chances to send the Sox home with a series win, but he didn’t deliver. This will be the game people point to when they discuss Ortiz and “the decline.”
W: Jason Bulger (1-1)
L: Manny Delcarmen (1-1)