Game 2 of the ALCS was going in Detroit's favor, with the Tigers already owning a 1-0 advantage in the series and Max Scherzer on the mound Sunday night. But that all changed in the bottom of the eighth at Fenway Park.
David Ortiz decided he was done sitting idly by and crushed a Joaquin Benoit changeup to right centerfield for a clutch grand slam to tie the game at 5-5:
Not only did it help save the Red Sox from another sound defeat, it made MLB postseason history as the first game-tying grand slam to occur in the eighth inning or later. Per the MLB Twitter account:
The Red Sox ended up winning, 6-5, on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to score Jonny Gomes.
It was a wild comeback and night for the Red Sox faithful. The team had been embarrassed up until the fifth inning of the game, as Boston became the first team in MLB postseason history to be no-hit through five innings in consecutive games.
The Red Sox are the first team in MLB history to be held hitless through 5 innings in consecutive games in the postseason. @EliasSports— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2013
Shane Victorino started things off for the Red Sox in the sixth with a two-out single to break up Scherzer's no-no bid, and then Dustin Pedroia drove him in with a double off the left-field wall. Ironically enough, Ortiz himself ended that positive rally by striking out in the next at-bat.
Regardless, David Ortiz, one of the more clutch hitters in MLB history, helped saved the day with his first career postseason grand slam.
Every championship run needs a magical turning point, and Big Papi may have just provided it for Boston in the ALCS.
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