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Home » May 2014 Game CommentsMay 2014 » Off-Target


David Ortiz had a career night against his former team. He blasted two home runs in his first two at bats and added a pair of RBI singles. Ortiz’s second home run tied him with Jim Rice for homers in a Red Sox uniform at 382.

The designated hitter’s outstanding showing was not enough to get the Red Sox out of the hole Jake Peavy dug although the Red Sox knotted the score in the seventh inning. The starter surrendered five runs in the second inning and had to hand the ball off to the bullpen in the fifth inning with one down and one on base. Chris Capuano, Craig Breslow, and Junichi Tazawa held the 6-6 tie.

Most frustratingly it wasn’t the Twins’ power hitters (such as they are) who clouted home runs in this game but Eduardo Nunez and Chris Parmelee. Nunez is the Twins’ designated hitter and bats seventh. He homered with Parmelee on base as part of Peavy’s early inning meltdown. With two down and Kurt Suzuki on base Parmelee sent the ball into Target Field’s right field shelf for a walk-off win. Those were the first home runs of the season for Nunez and Parmelee.

Just when the Red Sox fought to a winning record they fell back to .500 ball.

Game 38: May 13, 2014
Boston Red Sox
6 L: Andrew Miller (1-1)
3B: Xander Bogaerts (1), Shane Victorino (1)
HR: David Ortiz – 2 (9)
WinMinnesota Twins
8 H: Michael Tonkin (3)
BS: Matt Guerrier (1)
W: Glen Perkins (1-0)
2B: Brian Dozier (3), Trevor Plouffe (15)
HR: Eduardo Nunez (1), Chris Parmelee (1)

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