Bobby Ojeda throws his 3rd shutout
May 30, 1984 ... The game is called baseball, and
it was played tonight by the Red Sox, who delighted a crowd of 12,642
with a showpiece 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
This gem was both crisp and economical. It required only an
hour and 59 minutes to create. Bob Ojeda (5-4) deftly crafted a seven-hitter for
his American League-leading third shutout of the season, outdueling Minnesota's
John Butcher (2-3). Jim Rice provided the offense with a third- inning sacrifice
fly and his first Fenway homer of the season, a bazooka shot into the
center-field bleachers in the seventh.
Mike Easler, who thundered out of a 6-for-50 slump on this
homestand, collected his second four-hit game and raised his on- base streak to
19 for 23 (12 hits, 7 walks). Bill Buckner, the newcomer from the Cubs, blasted
through his AL orientation course with three hits.
The Sox defense supported Ojeda with an array of
superlative plays: Jim Rice's throw from left field that caught Mickey Hatcher
trying to stretch a Wall single in the second; a double play launched by second
baseman Marty Barrett that proved to be a true Twin killing in the sixth; Dwight
Evans' stab of a sinking Hatcher liner to right with a man on second in the
And as a bonus, the Sox showed that not all of their
landmark decisions are confined to the courtroom. Bobby Ojeda's effort marked
the first back-to-back Fenway shutouts by Boston lefthanders since two kids
named Babe Ruth and Dutch Leonard blitzed the Yankees on Sept. 28 & 29, 1916.
Granted, this latest entry in the history books should
carry an asterisk, since it was achieved only because a 5-0 Minnesota lead was
rendered nonexistent by a fourth-inning rainout Tuesday. But who's going to
Ojeda was mainly responsible for making the evening a fast
frolic. He threw 102 pitches, issued only one walk and went to three-ball counts
on just three hitters.