Boston Red Sox defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-7

When Mark Loretta arrived at first base in the bottom of the 12th inning, drawing a walk from Phillies righthander Clay Condrey with Kevin Youkilis already on second and the score tied, he was queried by first base umpire Ron Kulpa.

Do you walk him?

Him, of course, being David Ortiz. It would have meant pushing Youkilis, the winning run, to third. It would have meant facing Manny Ramírez with the bases loaded and two out. It didn't matter in the end, as Philadelphia ...