Ortiz ties record for consecutive times on base

Ortiz ties record for consecutive times on base
October 28, 2013, 9:15 pm
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So let's see. What's the most impressive thing David Ortiz has done so far in the 2013 World Series?

After Ortiz doubled home a run and singled in his first two at-bats of Game 5 on Monday night, we have the following choices:

-- Reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances, which ties the World Series record set by Billy Hatcher of the Reds in 1990.

-- Lifting his batting average to .769 -- yes, that's .769 -- with 10 hits in 13 at-bats.

-- Becoming the only player in history other than Babe Ruth to get 10 hits in a World Series that went five games or fewer. The Babe accomplished the feat in 1928 . . . 85 years ago.

The streak was broken when he finally made an out in the sixth inning, but even then he hit the ball hard: He lined deep to Shane Robinson in center field. And then he added a single in the eighth, putting his average at .733 (11-for-15) and bringing him to within two hits of the record for most hits in a World Series, which is currently shared by the Yankees' Bobby Richardson, the Cardinals' Lou Brock and the Red Sox' Marty Barrett.

"[He's] making it tough for us to figure out how to get him out, that's for sure," Cardinal manager Mike Matheny said before the game.

And imagine what his numbers would have been had Carlos Beltran not robbed him of a grand slam by slamming into the wall and reaching into the bullpen to make a sensational catch in the second inning of Game 1? All Ortiz got out of that one was a sacrifice fly. 

"[To] hit like he's hit so far in this World Series is . . . I mean, that's really impressive," said Cardinal second baseman Matt Carpenter. "And he's as tough an out as you're going to find in this game, in the world, for that matter. This guy puts a really good at‑bat together. And he's also got a knack for postseason heroics.

"I'm sure that they're really happy to have him on their ballclub."

You think?

"What planet is he from?" catcher David Ross said about Ortiz after the Sox' 3-1 victory in Game 5 on Monday night.

Good question.