Miguel Cabrera had three doubles but didn’t help his team win. Rajon Rondo missed a triple double by two rebounds and very nearly led the Celtics to victory.
Jon Lester almost brought his personal win-loss record to .500 but left Matt Albers a runner at second with two out in the seventh. Albers surrendered a single to pinch hitter Andy Dirks and then Cabrera’s third two-bagger of the night brought Gerald Laird home to tie the game 4-4.
Adrian Gonzalez countered in the home half of the frame with an RBI ground-rule double to right field that proved that Brennan Boesch played this particular batter too shallow. In the eighth Boesch shaded Will Middlebrooks too deep and the third baseman singled to right.
No one could have played Middlebrooks’s home run in the bottom of the fourth, a line drive shot that came in so fast not even eager souvenir seekers could contain it. According to Steve Berthiaume it was <a href="https://twitter.com/SBerthiaumeESPN/status/207997137668149250" target="_blank">the fastest home run from bat to seats, covering the distance in just 2.84 seconds</a>. The two-run homer plated Kevin Youkilis; odd to think that Youkilis helped pad the stats of batter that might render him expendable. Youkilis tacked on an insurance circuit clout in the eighth, a hit that may have ticked up his trade value a tad.
The most impressive home run of the evening belonged to David Ortiz. The designated hitter powered a home run in the fourth that cleared the wall in dead center and plated fellow southpaw Gonzalez. Before his mammoth swing Ortiz suffered from something in his eye. After the homer Jerry Remy uttered what could be the call of the season: “Something was in his eye — the eye of the tiger.”
|Game 50: May 30, 2012|
||L: Octavio Dotel (1-2)|
|2B: Miguel Cabrera – 3 (13), Gerald Laird (3)|
3B: Quintin Berry (1)
|Boston Red Sox
||BS, W: Matt Albers (2, 1-0)|
H: Andrew Miller (6)
S: Alfredo Aceves (13)
|2B: Adrian Gonzalez – 2 (18), Daniel Nava (7)|
HR: David Ortiz (12), Will Middlebrooks (6), Kevin Youkilis (4)