Iglesias bunted the runners over. Maddon then made the curious move of intentionally walking Ciriaco to get to Ellsbury.
“I don’t think you see a lot of times where you walk ’em to get to Ells,” Valentine said. “I don’t mind him coming up with the bases loaded.”
Ellsbury has hit lefthanders (.309 with a .687 OPS) better than he has righthanders this season (.243 with a .674 OPS) and he dropped an RBI single into left field.
Ellsbury said seeing Ciriaco get walked provided some extra motivation.
“I like that,” he said. “I always like that mentality in any situation . . . You’re not always going to have success in that situation but it only adds to my focus.”
Ellsbury was 3 for 5 and is 14 for his last 38 (.368) with two homers and six RBIs.