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Big Papi is Still Clutch




David Ortiz is retired, maybe you heard. Red Sox fans are in full panic mode hoping Dave Dombrowski can find somebody who will be able to replace his bat in the middle of the lineup. It is times like these when you need to spend some time playing Out of the Park Baseball.

 My new laptop inspired me to start a new OOTP league and this time taking over the 2016 Red Sox. It didn't take long to remember what we will miss about the real Big Papi. Here is the generated write up by Out of the Park Baseball along with the boxscore.

 Before you look below and judge my managing strategy keep in mind that Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara were both unavailable thanks to a 13 inning game the night before where I lost. There was also a long rain delay in this game which forced Clay Buchholz out of the game early even though he was looking sharp. I had to adapt and improvise and I still picked up the win for the Sox.....with Papi's help of course.


Red Sox Need Extras to Top Indians
The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians completed their game despite the rain.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-3, at Progressive Field. The Red Sox got a fine performance from designated hitter David Ortiz, who captured player of the game honors. He went 2-3 with a home run, a double, and a walk. He drove in 4 runs and scored once. Junichi Tazawa picked up the win in relief, improving his record to 1-1. Bryan Shaw was tagged with the loss.

Ortiz had a game-changing home run in the top of the tenth. On a 0-1 slider from Bryan Shaw, he banged a 2-run home run to right-center, giving the Red Sox a 5-3 lead. It was the 1st home run of the year for Ortiz.

"We'll pop the top on a cold one and get back to work tomorrow," Ortiz said.

The loss lowers the Cleveland record to 1-1.

Boston Red Sox (1-1)20100000025100
Cleveland Indians (1-1)0000000300363

BOSTON BATTING LINESCORESCLEVELAND BATTING LINESCORES
PlayerABRHRBIBBKLOBAVGHRRBI
B. Holt 3B5130001.45500
D. Pedroia 2B5121013.36401
M. Betts RF5110015.36400
D. Ortiz DH3124102.33314
H. Ramirez 1B5000024.00000
J. Bradley Jr. CF5000023.00000
X. Bogaerts SS5000013.20001
C. Young LF4000003.11100
R. Hanigan C4120000.42902
Totals4151051724
BATTING
Doubles: D. Ortiz (1, 3rd Inning off C. Carrasco, 2 on, 2 outs) B. Holt (1, 1st Inning off C. Carrasco, 0 on, 0 outs)
Home Runs: D. Ortiz (1, 10th Inning off B. Shaw, 1 on, 0 outs)
Total Bases: D. Ortiz 6 , M. Betts , B. Holt 4 , R. Hanigan 2 , D. Pedroia 2
2-out RBI: D. Ortiz
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: D. Ortiz , C. Young , H. Ramirez
Sac Fly: D. Ortiz
Team LOB: 8

BASERUNNING
SB: M. Betts (1)
PlayerABRHRBIBBKLOBAVGHRRBI
R. Davis CF5110000.20011
J. Kipnis 2B4120100.37500
Y. Gomes C4000014.22200
C. Santana DH3012111.28603
M. Napoli 1B4000013.00000
F. Lindor SS4010012.55601
J. Uribe 3B3000011.16700
   a-T. Naquin PH1000000.00000
   b-M. Martinez 3B0000000.00000
J. Butler RF4000010.11101
J. Ramirez LF4110000.11100
Totals363622611
a - T. Naquin pinch hit for J. Uribe in the 9th
b - M. Martinez substituted for T. Naquin in the 10th

BATTING
Doubles: F. Lindor (1, 2nd Inning off C. Buchholz, 0 on, 2 outs)
Total Bases: J. Ramirez , F. Lindor 2 , J. Kipnis 2 , C. Santana , R. Davis
2-out RBI: C. Santana
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: J. Uribe , F. Lindor , C. Santana
Team LOB: 5

FIELDING
Errors: J. Ramirez (1) , R. Davis (1) , M. Martinez (1)
BOSTON PITCHING LINESCORESCLEVELAND PITCHING LINESCORES
PlayerIPHRERBBKHRPIPSERA
C. Buchholz4.020014043290.00
S. Wright H (1)3.132202038275.40
T. Layne0.0011100840.00
J. Tazawa W (1-1)BS (1)2.010000028172.70
R. Ross Jr. SV (1)0.2000000760.00
PITCHING
Game Score: C. Buchholz 61
Batters Faced: C. Buchholz 15, S. Wright 13, T. Layne 1, J. Tazawa 7, R. Ross Jr.2
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: C. Buchholz 3-5, S. Wright 4-4, T. Layne 0-0, J. Tazawa2-4, R. Ross Jr. 0-2
Pitches - Strikes: C. Buchholz 43-29, S. Wright 38-27, T. Layne 8-4, J. Tazawa 28-17, R. Ross Jr. 7-6
Inherited Runners - Scored: T. Layne 2-0 , J. Tazawa 3-3
WP: J. Tazawa 
PlayerIPHRERBBKHRPIPSERA
C. Carrasco4.273202069473.86
J. Tomlin2.110001028190.00
D. Otero1.010012024160.00
B. Shaw L (0-1)2.012102125194.50
PITCHING
Game Score: C. Carrasco 42
Batters Faced: C. Carrasco 21, J. Tomlin 8, D. Otero 6, B. Shaw 8
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: C. Carrasco 4-8, J. Tomlin 1-5, D. Otero 0-1, B. Shaw 2-2
Pitches - Strikes: C. Carrasco 69-47, J. Tomlin 28-19, D. Otero 24-16, B. Shaw25-19
Inherited Runners - Scored: J. Tomlin 2-0 
GAME NOTES
Player of the Game: David Ortiz
Ballpark: Progressive Field
Weather: Rain (50 degrees), wind blowing in from right at 10 mph
Start Time: 6:10 pm EST
Time: 4:26
Attendance: 16775
Special Notes: Rain delay of 93 minutes in the 5th inning.

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