Notes: Ortiz a triple threat

August, 22, 2010
BOSTON -- When David Ortiz crushed a pitch to the gap in left-center leading off the fifth, he motored around the bases.

And by the time he was done, punctuating his dash with a slide into third base, Ortiz not only had the Sox’ first hit of the game, he had hit first triple of the year.

Believe it or not, Ortiz, all 6-foot-4, 230 pounds of him (so says the media guide) thus became only the third active player with at least one triple in each of his last 11 years in the American League, joining Johnny Damon and Carlos Guillen. It was Ortiz's 15th career triple.

“I’ve got speed,” Ortiz said with a smile. “I’m a speed killer.”

Ortiz was asked if he was winded by the time he got to third.

“I was fine,” he said, still smiling. “I’m an athlete, man.”

Scare for Martinez

There was immediate concern in the Boston dugout when catcher Victor Martinez was struck on his mitt by Jose Bautista on a third-inning strikeout.

Manager Terry Francona and a trainer came out to check on Martinez, who spent time on the disabled list because of a broken left thumb, the thumb inside the catcher’s mitt.

Martinez was down for a while, but it turned out all right for the catcher and the Red Sox.

“[The bat] hit him on the back of his hand,” said Francona. “I know it hurt. It took a little time for him to shake it off.”

But at least it wasn’t the thumb. Martinez stayed in the game and contributed a run-scoring single in the Sox’ two-run eighth that put away the game.

All Hall

Bill Hall owns Toronto’s Shaun Marcum.

And while it’s a small sample, it’s very loud sample.

Hall entered Sunday’s game boasting two hits in two at-bats against the Jays right-hander. Those two hits were home runs, smacked in Toronto on Aug. 11.

On Sunday, after hitting a weak tapper in front of the plate in his first at-bat, Hall again took Marcum deep, launching a two-run homer over the Green Monster, giving the Red Sox a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. So he’s now 3-for-4 with three homers and five RBIs in his career against Marcum.

The homer was Hall’s 17th of the year. He has four homers and eight RBIs in his last nine games.

Rain on the brain

The rain and forecasts of imminent rain caused manager Terry Francona to alter his pitching plans.

Thinking that more rain might bring another delay and possibly even end the game, Francona had Daniel Bard get up in the bullpen in the sixth inning. Generally Bard will get in the game in the eighth, though Francona did call on him for the seventh and eighth innings in Saturday’s win over the Jays.

Starter Clay Buchholz got out of a jam in the sixth, but since Bard already had gotten warm, and there were forecasts that more rain was on the way, Francona put him in the game in the seventh. Bard responded with a scoreless inning -- two whiffs and a walk -- but that was all for him, especially since he had worked the night before.

Felix Doubront blanked Toronto in the eighth, and when Boston pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the inning, closer Jonathan Papelbon, who had been warming up in preparation for a save opportunity, sat back down. Doubront finished the game for his second big-league save.

Hurry up and wait

The two rain delays totaled 2:43. The time of the game was 2:45 . . . Jed Lowrie’s career-best hitting streak was snapped at nine games . . . Kevin Cash went 1-for-4 with a double for Lowell in catching seven innings in a rehab appearance.



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