April 24, 2006

THREE RUN HOMER TRUMPS SOLO SHOT:

Ortiz’ bunt a hit: More may be in store (Tony Massarotti, April 24, 2006, Boston Herald)

Seemingly irked by a defensive alignment that cost him at least one hit yesterday, Ortiz bunted for a single in the sixth inning of the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. As many teams do against left-handed power hitters, the Blue Jays were dramatically overshifted to the right side when Ortiz pushed a bunt toward the open area near third base for an easy single.

Toronto manager John Gibbons had just summoned left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis to pitch to Ortiz, but the slugger’s decision to bunt seemingly had as much to do with fighting the alignment as it did with his desire to get the right-handed-hitting Manny Ramirez to the plate. [...]

“He (bunted) on his own. I would never tell him to do that,” Francona said. “At the same time, you have Manny hitting (next). I don’t have a problem with it, if that’s what you’re asking.”

The one who should be questioned is Terry Francona. The Jays then intentionally walked Manny to get to Trot Nixon, who's helpless against lefties, and Mr. Francona didn't go to Wily Mo Pena who owns them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 24, 2006 8:00 AM
Comments

right on, oj.

Posted by: pj at April 24, 2006 9:29 AM

Why walk Manny? He's only a singles hitter these days. Not to fearsome.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 24, 2006 11:28 AM
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