Red Sox DH David Ortiz had already singled, doubled, and homered when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth against Indians reliever Austin Adams. The NESN broadcast booth commented how they’d like to see Ortiz hit one to the 420-foot demarcation on the fence in center field.
As luck would have it, that’s exactly where Ortiz hit a 3-1 Adams fastball. The ball took one hop and hit the wall just above the 420 marker, then bounced to the right side into the stands for a ground-rule double. If it hit a couple of inches lower, the ball likely settles into the corner, giving Ortiz the best opportunity for a cycle-clinching triple. A disappointed Ortiz strolled into second base and chuckled away his misfortune.
Ortiz hit an RBI single in the first inning, an RBI ground-rule double in the second, and a solo home run in the fifth. The homer was the 514th in the 40-year-old’s career. He’s currently 22nd on the all-time home run leaderboard. With seven more homers, he can tie Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas, and Ted Williams in 19th place at 521.