The Big Papi Files

by Bill Chuck on August 7, 2013

It was quite a night for the Red Sox last night as they defeated the Hapless Astros, 15-10.

Nine to Know

  1. The Sox trailed 5-0 after two innings.
  2. Knuckleballer Steven Wright lasted just one inning in his first major league start.
  3. Wright’s catcher, Ryan Lavarnway, tied a major league record with four passed balls in the 1st inning. Two other knuckleball chasing catchers also have had the joy of four passed balls: Texas Rangers’ Geno Petralli on Aug. 22, 1987 (Charlie Hough on the mound) and the New York Giants’ Ray Katt on Sept. 10, 1954 (Hoyt Wilhelm on the mound).
  4. Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice.
  5. Boston’s leadoff through clean-up batters in the line-up (Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz who is 13-for-22 against the Astros this season, .591) went 11-for-18 with 11 runs scored and seven RBI.
  6. Jonny Gomes had a three-run, pinch-hit homer, his fourth pinch-homer of the season. Gomes is 6-for-16 off the bench and has seven RBI. Joe Cronin holds the Boston record with five pinch-homers in 1943.
  7. Brandon Workman (2-1) pitched 4.2 innings in relief for Boston and allowed nine hits and six runs and got the win.
  8. Rubby De La Rosa made his Red Sox debut in a 1-2-3 9th with two whiffs.
  9. The 69-46 Red Sox equaled their win total from last season.

For the 20th time in his career and the third time in the last month, Ortiz tied his career high with four hits.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO
1 2013-08-06 BOS HOU W 15-10 5 4 2 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
2 2013-07-28 BOS BAL W 5-0 4 4 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0
3 2013-07-09 BOS SEA W 11-8 5 5 3 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
4 2012-04-21 BOS NYY L 9-15 5 4 1 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
5 2012-04-14 BOS TBR W 13-5 5 5 2 4 1 0 1 5 0 0 0
6 2011-09-06 BOS TOR W 14-0 6 6 3 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 1
7 2011-08-08 BOS MIN W 8-6 5 5 3 4 1 0 1 3 0 0 0
8 2011-07-26 BOS KCR W 13-9 6 5 0 4 3 0 0 5 1 0 1
9 2007-09-27 BOS MIN L 4-5 5 4 2 4 1 0 1 2 1 0 0
10 2007-08-24 (2) BOS CHW W 10-1 5 5 3 4 0 0 2 3 0 0 0
11 2007-05-09 BOS TOR W 9-3 5 5 1 4 1 0 1 3 0 0 1
12 2006-07-29 BOS LAA W 7-6 6 5 1 4 0 0 1 4 1 1 0
13 2006-05-10 BOS NYY L 3-7 4 4 1 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0
14 2005-09-20 BOS TBD W 15-2 5 5 4 4 0 0 2 4 0 0 0
15 2005-08-12 BOS CHW W 9-8 5 5 3 4 1 0 2 6 0 0 0
16 2005-05-29 BOS NYY W 7-2 5 5 2 4 0 0 2 4 0 0 0
17 2004-06-10 BOS SDP W 9-3 5 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
18 2004-05-25 BOS OAK W 12-2 6 6 2 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 2
19 2002-05-21 MIN TEX W 8-2 5 5 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 2000-07-19 MIN CHW L 2-3 4 4 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Generated 8/7/2013.

Ortiz has 21 homers this season

  • He has hit at least 20 homers for 12 straight seasons.
  • He is the only player to have 20 homers every season since 2002 – Alfonso Soriano, Adam Dunn, and Albert Pujols each have 11 seasons with 20.
  • Ortiz has had 11 20 home run seasons with Boston, which is tied for second-most in club history behind Ted Williams who had 16.

Ortiz has two triples this season

  • Last season, he had none.
  • He’s tripled in 13 of the last 14 seasons

Players who have tripled in the most seasons since 2000

Rk Yrs From To
1 Jimmy Rollins 14 2000 2013
2 Carlos Beltran 14 2000 2013
3 Michael Young 13 2001 2013
4 Ichiro Suzuki 13 2001 2013
5 Juan Pierre 13 2001 2013
6 Raul Ibanez 13 2001 2013
7 Omar Vizquel 13 2000 2012
8 Scott Rolen 13 2000 2012
9 David Ortiz 13 2000 2013
10 Johnny Damon 13 2000 2012
11 Lance Berkman 13 2000 2013
12 Bobby Abreu 13 2000 2012
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Generated 8/7/2013.

Ortiz has four stolen bases this season, the most in his career

Only four players have at least two triples, four stolen bases, and 20 homers this season

Rk 3B SB HR Age Tm G PA AB
1 Justin Upton 2 7 20 25 ATL 106 468 404
2 David Ortiz 2 4 21 37 BOS 95 410 356
3 Carlos Gonzalez 6 21 26 27 COL 103 436 391
4 Domonic Brown 4 8 24 25 PHI 100 406 377
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The Rejuvenation of David Ortiz

Big Papi’s batting average has risen each of the last four seasons

Year Age G PA AB BA
2009 33 150 627 541 .238
2010 34 145 606 518 .270
2011 35 146 605 525 .309
2012 36 90 383 324 .318
2013 37 95 410 356 .326
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Generated 8/7/2013.

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