Boston Red Sox: Adam Ottavino Closes the Door on Shohei Ohtani in Dramatic Fashion


Adam Ottavino was called upon for the ninth-inning during Monday night’s series opener against the Angels.  Ottavino was asked to close the door with All-Star Closer Matt Barnes unavailable.  Barnes threw 33 pitches on Sunday night in the loss against the A’s on Sunday.

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Ottavino allowed back-to-back singles in the bottom of the ninth.  One of those hits was by Angels’ Jose Rojas would cut the Red Sox lead down to 5-4. 

This set up a huge matchup against Shohei Ohtani who had a chance to either tie the game or give the Angels the win.  The All-Star Ohtani, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, was 1-for-4 heading into the ninth. 

Ottavino was hoping he didn’t have to face the All-Star, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. 

“I was trying to avoid ever getting to that point,” said Ottavino after the game.  “I had it in the back of my mind, ‘Don’t let Ohtani come up.'  But of course it happens.”

Ohtani had two runners on and Ottavino struggled early in the at-bat.  The Red Sox reliever would go down 3-1 until Ohtani got on top of a slider and hit a one-hop grounder to Christian Arroyo to end the game.

“I’m not sure what he’s looking for but I’m going to just live and die with my best pitch,” Ottavino said.  “Plus the shift was in that situation.  I felt like it was a good bet and it kind of worked out.”

Ottavino would earn his seventh save of the season in the win. 

Following the ground out, Ottavino was fired up for getting out one of the games best players.  Social media began to buzz when a tweet surfaced showing Ottavino mouthing what seemed to say “f-cking happy birthday bitch.”

Angels fans on social media have been upset with what was seen on the video.  However, there is nothing wrong with Ottavino celebrating getting the final out.  Fans will celebrate hitters crushing huge home runs, pitchers can do the same thing too. 

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Ottavino is beginning to show his competitive personality with the Red Sox.  The set-up man has been thriving with Boston and, despite adversity in the ninth, he was able to get out one of the games biggest stars. 

“Adam did an amazing job against him,” Cora said.  “I think we did a great job against him but he’s a threat.  Pretty similar to when Barry was doing his thing.  It felt that way.  Everybody is into every pitch and every swing.”

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Red Sox: Adam Ottavino Closes the Door on Shohei Ohtani in Dramatic Fashion
Boston Red Sox: Adam Ottavino Closes the Door on Shohei Ohtani in Dramatic Fashion
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