Sox homers bring them back against the Jays
28, 1982 ... The Red Sox keep finding ways to
put the starters behind them and bring the majority of their games
down to the bullpen. Sometimes, it's been their defense. Sometimes,
it's been their woodpecker attack of two-out singles.
Tonight, after Bruce Hurst was knocked out in the first and
the Blue Jays handed Dave Stieb a 7-1 lead by the third inning, the Red Sox had
two blasts. With the rains closing in, Dwight Evans followed what appeared to be
an innocuous third-inning homer with his fifth-inning three-run shot. And when
Carney Lansford greeted reliever Roy Lee Jackson with another three-run smash,
Bob Stanley came leaping over the bullpen fence for four shutout innings to save
the 9-7 victory over Toronto before 18,627 in Fenway Park.
Stieb, who had won four in a row as the front man for the
league's best young starting rotation, found himself with the rare 7-1 lead in
the bottom of the third. When Evans hit a towering home run in that inning to
make it 7-2 and Stieb breezed through the fourth, it seemed as if he were on
cruise control. Then, all of sudden, with the rains bearing down in the fifth,
Stieb gave up hits to Glenn Hoffman and Rick Miller, and found himself with
Evans at the plate. He took a Stieb fastball and rifled it to left, a shot that
at the last instant just found the elevation to make the screen inside the foul
At that point, Ralph Houk had Stanley warming up and was
going to bring him in after Bobby Ojeda's solid two inning throw-in. Then Jim
Rice hit a pea through the middle and Carl Yastrzemski lined a single to right,
and Toronto manager Bobby Cox had had enough. He brought on Jackson, but
Lansford jumped on the fireballing reliever's third fastball and screeched it to
the top of the screen. It was 8-7, Red Sox.
And that's how it was turned over to Mr. Stanley. After
four horrid innings, things quickly changed with a fine Rice running catch and a
Rich Gedman throw that cut down Damaso Garcia. But Stanley had what he had to
have, and once again the bullpen had found a way to win.
Since May 23, when the Sox were 29-28, the four
organization-produced starters, Hurst, John Tudor, Chuck Rainey, Ojeda, have
made 37 starts, won nine, lost 15, had one complete game victory and compiled an
ERA of 5.11.
Hurst got behind Damaso Garcia leading off, and Garcia
singled. Garth Iorg got an infield hit up the middle. Two singles and a walk
later, it was 2-0, the bases were loaded and Aponte was in. While Luis got out
of that jam with only a run, he gave up four more in the second and third and
turned the garbage time baton over to Ojeda. It was easy to get work while the
Sox were behind, although as soon as Evans hit his homer, Houk was getting
Stanley into the game. What's astounding is how the starters keep finding ways
to turn it over to Stanley, Clear and Burgmeier.
The win kept Boston a half-game behind Milwaukee.