Big Papi Blasts Two Solo-Shots On Wednesday
Tony Pena pitch. David Ortiz blast.
Big Papi’s two home run night, marked by a walk-off blast, overshadowed Tim Wakefield’s return to the Red Sox starting rotation as the 43-year-old knuckleballer pitched seven innings in his return from the disabled list. However, his outing was easily overlooked by Ortiz’ multihomer game, with the latter, providing fireworks at Fenway Park and 3-2 victory for the Red Sox.
Big Papi curled a game winning shot around Pesky Pole to give Daniel Bard and the Red Sox their third victory in a row as Papi recorded his 10th career walk-off home run. Wakefield allowed one run on six hits after seven innings of work but a Scott Posednik home run off Ramon Ramirez in the eighth landed Wake with a no-decision.
Alex Gonzalez also homered for Boston as all three Red Sox runs came from the long ball as Bard got his first career win. Ortiz was punished for his late-inning heroics with a celebration at home plate which was Ortiz’ first since September of 2007.
The Sox will look for a sweep of the White Sox on Thursday as Junichi Tazawa takes the mound for Boston.