Garcia can't trick Ortiz -- or anyone else

April, 21, 2012
4/21/12
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BOSTON -- From ESPN Stats and Information guru Mark Simon:

The opposite-field double by David Ortiz off Freddy Garcia in the first inning Saturday is interesting, given the batter-pitcher dynamic of the matchup.

Ortiz was 5-for-10 against Garcia last season, including four hits in his first four at-bats. But Garcia got him out five of the last six times they faced each other.

Garcia's success came when he pitched Ortiz away. In those last six at-bats, he threw him 23 pitches, 17 of which were on the outer-third or farther away.

So it's fair to say Ortiz was expecting something outside. And Ortiz has been having success against outside pitches this season. He entered the at-bat 8-for-18 on at-bats ending in pitches on the outer-third or farther away this season.

The at-bat ended with an outside pitch, and Ortiz hit to left for a run-scoring double.

Ortiz wasn't the only Sox batter solving Garcia. Seven of the first dozen batters who came to the plate for Boston hit safely, including four doubles, and Garcia was lifted for lefty Clay Rapada with Boston ahead, 5-0, with two out in the second inning.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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