Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks drove in five runs with two homers during yesterday’s 11-5 win over the Kansas City Royals to help Boston snap their recent five-game losing streak. Middlebrooks was called up last week after Kevin Youkilis went on the disabled list with a back injury.
The 23-year old is the first player in Red Sox history with at least one extra-base hit in each of his first four major league games, also hitting a grand slam in Boston’s 17-inning loss to Baltimore the previous night. “I just tried to carry over the way I started out this year,” said Middlebrooks, who held a .333 batting average during his time in Triple-A Pawtucket this season. “Just wanted to help the team win.”
Felix Doubront let up seven hits and five runs in six innings of work, still recording the W courtesy of Boston’s big bats. Middlebrooks, Adrian Gonzalez, Marlon Byrd, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia all contributed multiple hits for Boston. The Red Sox will battle the Royals again tonight and tomorrow before returning home to host the Cleveland Indians for four games starting Thursday night at 7:10 PM. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!