Hitting with 12 men on base, David Ortiz went 0-for-7 in Boston's 12-inning loss to the Angels on Thursday.
1st inning: Man on 1st, 1 out - Struck out looking
3rd inning: Man on 2nd, 0 out - Flied out to right
4th inning: Bases loaded, 2 out - Struck out swinging
6th inning: Man on 2nd, 2 out - Struck out looking
8th inning: Men on 1st and 3rd, 2 out - Flied out to left
10th inning: Man on 2nd, 2 out - Grounded out to first
12th inning: Bases loaded, 2 out - Grounded out to catcher
It was easily the ugliest day yet in a dreadful season for Ortiz. In his defense, both flyouts were actually hit well. The third-inning shot was more of a liner than a fly, and the drive in the eighth was caught on the warning track and would have been a double at Fenway. Also, the sixth-inning strikeout was pretty bogus. The Red Sox were called out on strikes 10 times in the game, and as the Orange County Register points out, they had reason to be upset about a few of them.
The other at-bats were generally abysmal, though. The 10th inning grounder was especially pathetic, coming on the first pitch of the at-bat. In the 12th, he swung at a 2-1 pitch that was never in the strike zone. After the count went 3-2, Jason Bulger surprised him with a breaking ball and he hit it about six feet.
This needs to be it for Ortiz as a No. 3 hitter. The Red Sox don't need to bench him, but they need to try batting him sixth for a while, with Jason Bay moving into the third spot and being followed by J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell.