David Ortiz gets plunked, and John Farrell gets tossed.
In the bottom of the first inning, Ortiz — back in the Red Sox lineup tonight — came up to the plate with two outs and Dustin Pedroia on first base.
Big Papi was then unceremoniously plunked in the midsection by David Price with a 94 mile-per-hour fastball — the first pitch he saw from the lefthander — prompting a warning to both benches.
Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to argue the warning and was ejected from the game by home plate umpire Dan Bellino. Farrell was thrown out after just a couple of choice words.
We’ll have to see what ramifications this has between the two clubs as the game goes on.
While Ortiz flied out in his second at-bat, he got the best of Price in the bottom of the fifth with two out when he smacked a line drive RBI base hit to left field to drive in Xander Bogaerts with the Red Sox first run.
This isn’t the first time Price had an issue with Ortiz. Price suffered through the worst postseason start of his career in Game 2 of the ALDS last October at Fenway, giving up nine hits (six for extra bases), two homers to Ortiz, and every run in the Rays 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.
The second Ortiz home run came in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 2. It was a drive down the right field line that wrapped around the Pesky Pole. Ortiz stood at home plate after the blast to see if the ball would stay fair, watching the ball as it took flight down the line.
After the game, Price commented on Ortiz, who was slow to take his victory lap.
“He knows how I’ve pitched him for the last probably year-and-a-half, two years,” Price said. “So he steps in the bucket and hits a homer. And he stares at it to see if it’s fair or foul, I’m sure that’s what he would say, but as soon as he hit it and I saw it I knew it was fair. Run.”
Let’s have a look back at that “controversial” Ortiz homer off Price last October: