David Ortiz knows clutch. He’s hit 15 career postseason home runs, including two walk-offs. His 54 postseason RBIs rank fifth all time. And on Monday night, the 37-year-old launched a game-tying grand slam into the Fenway Park bullpen, adding to his “clutch” resume and leading Boston to an eventual 6-5 walk-off win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
Will Middlebrooks, who sparked Boston’s four-run eighth-inning rally with a double to left, joined MLB Network Radio‘s Mike Ferrin after the game and said it wasn’t a surprise to him that Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia (hit the single that loaded the bases) were the keys to the win.
“That’s our heart and soul right there,” Middlebrooks told Ferrin. “That’s the face of the Red Sox and it was really cool to be a part of.”
Jacoby Ellsbury also joined MLB Network Radio and talked about the importance of the grand slam and the win:
We just couldn’t give in. Guys did a tremendous job of getting on base, and (Ortiz) came up and hit that homer. It’s one of the neatest things I’ve ever seen right there. He’s done is so many times in the postseason, if the game is on the line, he’s the guy we want up and he brought home the victory tonight. In that situation, you just can’t get thrown out. You can’t give up any outs on the bases, bringing David up and the rest is history.
The ALCS shifts to Detroit for Game 3 Tuesday. MLB Network Radio will have comprehensive pre- and post-game coverage live from Comerica Park.