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After trying years in 2008 and 2009 and a rough start to the 2010 season, David Ortiz faced many doubts from critics, fans, and “experts” who said he was done. If by done you mean David Ortiz: New Energy (D.O.N.E.), then you were absolutely correct. Most critics couldn’t have been more wrong, as Big Papi blasted his 30th home run on Tuesday night against the Mariners to give the Red Sox a lead they would not relinquish.
Jed Lowrie also played a large part in Boston’s 9-6 win, crushing two home runs of his own off Seattle starter Luke French. The lefty allowed four runs on six hits in seven innings pitched, and left with the lead but finished with the no-decision. Former Blue Jays reliever Brandon League coughed up French’s lead in a big way, allowing five runs in just 1.1 innings of work. He was saddled with the loss.
The Sox sent Daisuke Matsuzaka to the hill, as the righty was in search of his 10th win of the season. He didn’t pitch well enough to earn that win, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks in six innings of work. He left with the game tied, but allowed a double to Ichiro to lead off the seventh inning. Hideki Okajima came on to record two outs, but Michael Bowden allowed a double that scored Ichiro and gave the M’s the lead.
In his first game with the Red Sox, lefty Rich Hill recorded an out to end the seventh inning, and became the pitcher of record when the Red Sox took the lead in the top half of the eighth inning. It was his first major league win since June 19, 2009 while with the Orioles.
Tough choice, but since I already gave a lot of love to David Ortiz, I’ll give some to Jed, who hit two home runs as part of a 2-4 day with three RBI. He has played very well filling in all over the infield during the second half of the season.
Against a really crappy lineup, Dice-K put in a poor effort, showing poor command of his pitches and poor location. His control was off, as evidenced by the four walks. He was also hit around a lot, as he allowed eight hits in just six innings. Despite the ugly performance, Dice-K did gave Terry Francona six innings, and he fought through some jams (just as he always seems to do).
W: Rich Hill (1-0)
L: Brandon League (9-7)