Big Papi becomes big pain for Twins

Boston’s David Ortiz crushed two home runs for the second consecutive night at Target Field.

Someone needs to tell David Ortiz that the Home Run Derby at Target Field isn’t until July 14 — unless his pulverizing of Twins pitching is an audition for the event.

Turning every plate appearance Wednesday night into a stop-what-you’re-doing moment, Ortiz blasted his way up the home run charts while leading the Red Sox to a 9-4 victory over the Twins at Target Field.

Ortiz had three hits, two of them homers, in his first three at-bats. He’s a sizzling 7-for-10 in this series with four home runs and six RBI. He now has 442 home runs now, tying him with Dave Kingman for 39th on the career list. He hit 58 of those home runs as a member of the Twins, the team he broke in and played with from 1997-2002.

That’s when he was David Ortiz. Now he’s Big Papi, with 11 homers and 25 RBI in 36 games this season.

Can anybody stop this man?

“If we hit our locations and we move the ball in and out, you can get David out,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve gotten him out plenty of times. But if you’re making pitches the way they made them tonight, he looks like he has the ball on a tee.”

To take the pop out of Big Papi, a pitcher has to be willing to go inside. That’s not happening, and Ortiz continues to put up monster numbers at Target Field.

In 13 career games here, Ortiz is batting .549 with nine home runs and 22 RBI. No one who has played at least 10 games in Target Field has an average like that. Target Field is helping him get hot.

“Whenever it comes, you take it, because it’s going to go away,” Ortiz said. “I guarantee that.”

Or is it Twins pitching getting him hot?

He followed Shane Victorino’s single with a double in the first inning. Victorino scored on a groundout and Ortiz scored on Grady Sizemore’s double as Boston took a 2-0 lead.

Ortiz returned in the third to crush a 1-0 pitch from Twins starter Kevin Correia into the second deck in right for a home run estimated at 404 feet. Sizemore added an RBI single as Boston took a 4-0 lead.

Joe Mauer’s sacrifice fly in the third cut the lead to 4-1. Boston got a Will Middlebrooks RBI single in the fourth to push the margin back to four runs.

Correia was lifted after the fourth inning, replaced by lefthander Caleb Thielbar. His first batter in the fifth: Ortiz.

On a 3-1 pitch, Ortiz buried another ball into the seats in right-center. Fans hooted and hollered as Boston took a 6-1 lead. Ortiz has 43 career multi-homer games, two as a Twin.

Ortiz made mincemeat of baseballs for a second consecutive night. He has a strange way of showing thanks to the Twins for the six seasons he spent here.

“I do thank those guys,” Ortiz said. “I learned a lot of good things. ‘Don’t take anything for granted. Work hard.’ One thing about this organization, the Twins will teach you how to play the game the right way.”

They didn’t pitch Ortiz the right way until the sixth, when Anthony Swarzak made him move his feet with an inside fastball, then struck him out swinging with a fastball away. The game was in hand by then, although the Twins scored three runs over the final two innings, including Trevor Plouffe’s two-run homer in the ninth. Ortiz flew out to right in the eighth, his final at-bat.





 

  • boston 9, twins 4

    Next: 12:10 p.m. today vs. Boston • TV: FSN

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Tennessee 13 FINAL
Jacksonville 21
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
Washington
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
New York 97 FINAL
Chicago 103
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Houston 90
Milwaukee 108 FINAL
Sacramento 107
Oklahoma City 109 FINAL
Golden State 114
Florida 2 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 1
Colorado 0 FINAL(OT)
Pittsburgh 1
Toronto 1 FINAL
Carolina 4
Washington 5 FINAL(OT)
Columbus 4
Anaheim 2 FINAL
Montreal 1
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Los Angeles 6
Edmonton 3 FINAL
San Jose 4
St Thomas (TX) 61 FINAL
Rice 72
Stony Brook 59 FINAL
Canisius 60
Temple 82 FINAL
Delaware 62
FIU 58 FINAL
Long Island 69
Lehigh 65 FINAL
Quinnipiac 80
South Alabama 54 FINAL
Richmond 65
Seton Hall 89 FINAL
South Florida 69
Ga Southern 76 FINAL
Stetson 67
Yale 57 FINAL
Vermont 56
Cleveland State 54 FINAL
Virginia 70
Wright State 69 FINAL
Western Carolina 56
Nicholls 54 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 79
Morgan State 48 FINAL
Rider 62
Idaho State 72 FINAL
South Dakota St 75
Oakland City 52 FINAL
Austin Peay 76
Eureka 38 FINAL
Bradley 80
Appalachian St 65 FINAL
Charlotte 75
Connecticut 56 FINAL
Duke 66
Southern Miss 46 FINAL
Jackson State 66
Coastal Carolina 68 FINAL
Ole Miss 71
Montana State 53 FINAL
South Dakota 55
LSU 79 FINAL
UAB 70
Ohio 69 FINAL
Evansville 81
CS-Dominguez 50 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 72
Walla Walla 39 FINAL
Idaho 86
DePaul 59 FINAL
Oregon State 90
Nevada 65 FINAL
Pacific 69
Portland State 40 FINAL
San Francisco 77
CS-Bakersfield 56 FINAL
Utah State 57
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Louisiana
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Niagara 76 FINAL
Cleveland State 58
High Point 59 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 81
Towson 64 FINAL
Wake Forest 74
Presbyterian 50 FINAL
Charlotte 66
Chicago State 62 FINAL
Bradley 59
Northwestern Coll 58 FINAL
Drake 102
Vanderbilt 67 FINAL
Marquette 80
Temple 78 FINAL
Howard 48
Southern Miss 66 FINAL
Ole Miss 68
UMBC 55 FINAL
Rider 67
Miami-Florida 74 FINAL
UCLA 67
St Mary-KS 51 FINAL
South Dakota 115
William & Mary 71 FINAL
Wofford 51
Troy 82 FINAL
Evansville 94
Loyola Marymount 54 FINAL
USC 96
St Francis-PA 52 FINAL
Duquesne 92
Indiana-Southeast 45 FINAL
IUPUI 95
Delaware State 52 FINAL
Detroit 74
Tenn Temple 48 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 68
West Virginia St 58 FINAL
Radford 52
Fairfield 47 FINAL
Seton Hall 79
Dartmouth 44 FINAL
New Hampshire 60
Ball State 47 FINAL
Pittsburgh 59
Jacksonville 61 FINAL
Tennessee St 64
Trine 45 FINAL
Western Mich 81
Tenn Tech 53 FINAL
Lipscomb 72
Samford 56 FINAL
Tulane 57
New Orleans 55 FINAL
Tulsa 78
Incarnate Word 61 FINAL
TX-Pan American 65
Ark-Little Rock 42 FINAL
South Dakota St 67
CS-Northridge 77 FINAL
Northern Ariz 71
Santa Clara 88 FINAL
Oregon 92
(19) Oklahoma St 55 FINAL
Weber State 49
Washington 69 FINAL
San Diego State 48
Cal Poly 68 FINAL
New Mexico 84
(10) Louisville 65 FINAL
Grand Canyon 51
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you like the Ervin Santana signing by the Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close