BOSTON — Red Sox slugger David Ortiz figured out his old teammate quickly. In his second at-bat against Jake Peavy on Tuesday night, on the fifth pitch he saw from Peavy, Big Papi hit his longest home run of the year. The three-run shot helped propel Boston to a 4-0 win over the Giants, putting the Sox within a half-game of first-place Baltimore.
“It’s just those days when that wind is blowing in, whenever you hit a ball,” Ortiz said. “Basically, when it’s blowing in like it was today, it doesn’t mess that up. But when it’s a ball that’s high like the one that I hit in my first at-bat, sometimes the wind plays with it. I put a good swing on that ball, too.”
Per Statcast™, Ortiz’s 23rd home run of the season and the 526th of his career went 442 feet, leaving the bat at 108.4 mph. He did it against Peavy, a member of the Red Sox’s 2013 World Series championship team, with two runners on base and no outs in the fourth inning. Ortiz swung at the first pitch of the at-bat to crush a three-run homer to center, giving the Red Sox a 4-0 lead. READ More