Well, Miguel Cabrera finally got some action at third base.
And it was, umm, interesting to say the least.
The first ball hit his way came here in the top of the sixth, when Jacoby Ellsbury looped a foul pop-up that Cabrera ran to — OK, he actually overran it. He correctd himself in time to make the catch, right before he lost his footing and tumbled down in a somersault.
Hey, it was an out. Even Cabrera was chuckling about it over there, probably because the Tigers third-base dugout was probably getting on him pretty good.
That smile quickly was wiped off, when, two pitches later, Dustin Pedroia hit a scorching grounder right at Cabrera. The Tigers new third baseman didn’t get in front of it, but instead tried to scoop it on the side. He didn’t have a prayer. The ball went bouncing into left field.
It took the official scorer all of 30 seconds to deem that an error — Cabrera’s first at third base since before he moved over to first base early in the 2008 season.
The end result of the inning was no runs for the Red Sox, keeping the game tied at zip. But the error made things interesting. Justin Verlander then walked Adrian Gonzalez to put two on with two out, but then got David Ortiz to strike out swinging at a nasty down-and-in breaking ball.
Verlander did, however, have to throw 10 extra pitches because of Cabrera’s error.
And that, folks, is no laughing matter.
Due up for the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth: Boesch, Cabrera, Fielder.