Call it “the RBI that won’t die.”
Even after all of the lengths Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and owner John Henry went through to take it away from him, David Ortiz today was reawarded an RBI from last Wednesday’s game against the Indians.
To review, Ortiz was initially credited with a two-run single on a ball to right that was bobbled by Cleveland’s Austin Kearns. The official scorer reviewed it afterwards and changed it to a one-run single, apparently because it appeared third-base coach Tim Bogar started to hold Kevin Youkilis on the play before the bobble. MLB reviewed it, as it occasionally does disputed plays, and changed it back today.
The decision gives Ortiz 75 RBI this season. It also restores an earned run to Carlos Carrasco’s total, taking his ERA from 4.55 to 4.62.
We’re still in the third inning of NLCS Game 5 but the Dodgers are walloping the Cubs thus far, leading 7-0. Outfielder Enrique Hernandez has driven in five of those runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third.
The other runs came on Cody Bellinger‘s RBI double in the first and Justin Turner‘s RBI single in the second.
The Dodgers loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the third inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana from the game. Hector Rondon entered in relief and struck out Logan Forsythe, revealing some light at the end of the tunnel. But his first-pitch slider to Hernandez caught too much of the plate and Hernandez drove it out to right-center field for a grand slam.
Hernandez has had two two-homer games in the regular season, on July 17 this year and April 15 last year. He has never had a five-RBI game. Hernandez’s home run in the second marked his first career postseason home run and RBI as well.
FanGraphs has the Dodgers’ win probability for this game at 96 percent. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. It’s looking like they’re going to clinch the National League pennant tonight, but there’s still six innings left. We’ve seen big leads evaporate this postseason.