Red Sox slugger David Ortiz entered play on Wednesday night against the Tigers with 1,998 career hits. He also entered in a bit of a funk, sporting a .132/.244/.158 line over his previous 11 games that dropped him from a 996 OPS on the year down to 944. With three swings of the bat, he fixed a whole lot about that.
First came a homer on a liner to right field to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, giving him 1,999 career hits. Then, Ortiz followed up in the bottom of the sixth with a run-scoring double that netted him career hit number 2,000:
It was double number 512 in his career, currently sixth-best among active players, and it made him the 18th active player with 2,000 career hits or more. Ortiz would add on the "or more" in next frame, when he went deep once again with a blast over the bullpens in right for Boston's seventh homer of the night.
Ortiz set the all-time record for hits by a DH earlier this season, and already owned the most homers in a career by a designated hitter. He's now batting .313/.396/.567 on the season with 26 homers and 58 extra-base hits in 117 games.
Read more Red Sox:
- Koji Uehara approaching Red Sox history
- The Red Sox don't have a Junichi Tazawa problem
- Should the Red Sox convert prospect Rubby De La Rosa to relief permanently?
- Jake Peavy’s velocity is bouncing back, just in time
- Jackie Bradley Jr. key for the stretch-run and offseason