PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The moment couldn’t have been scripted any better.
With a 1-2 count in the fourth inning, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz called for time and stepped out of the batter’s box to gain his composure.
The sellout crowd here at McCoy Stadium started chanting “Papi! Papi! Papi!”
He stepped back in with flashbulbs going off, and on his next swing, smashed a home run to right field that hit the top of the wall before going over. The solo home run gave the PawSox a 1-0 lead.
Here was the at-bat against Virgil Vasquez:
1st pitch: Called strike
2nd pitch: Swing and miss, strike two
3rd pitch: Fouled off shoestrings
4th pitch: Ball, low and away
5th pitch: Home run to right field