It wasn’t as if Fernando Abad had never faced David Ortiz before.
He’d faced him once when Abad was with an also-ran Houston team a few years back. He struck Ortiz out.
This time was different, though. This time he was pitching against the defending World Series champions and pitching for the team with the best record in the American League.
A’s fans will want to pull out their hair when I write this (the jinx factor, after all), but have to pull it out now, because it’s a sentence that may not be written again in 2008.
Boston’s David Ortiz is 0-for-10 and has now left seven men in scoring position. He grounded out against Joe Blanton with the bases loaded in the fifth, preserving a 1-1 tie. Ortiz has also failed twice with the bases loaded in the three games.