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.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.
Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.
Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.
Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.