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.