1985 BOSTON RED SOX ...
WADE BOGGS' RECORD BREAKING YEAR ...

 

    Smoky Joe Wood   Roger Maris    
    Died: Mar 25th   Died: Dec 14th    
David Price   Daniel Bard   Jar Saltalamacchia   Justin Masterson
Born: Aug 26th   Born: June 25th   Born: May 2nd   Born: Mar 22nd

 

It was a time of change at Fenway Park in 1985. Ralph Houk had ably managed the team the previous four seasons, and produced three winning records in spite of presiding at a time when the team’s roster was mostly in transition. He retired  and John McNamara replaced him. The 1985 Boston Red Sox showed the flashes of hope that would ultimately manifest itself into a pennant a year later, but the ’85 team was done in by an August collapse.

The Sox had the third-best offense in the American League in 1985, and unlike previous Red Sox teams, this wasn’t done with power. They had the top batting average in the league, and the top on-base percentage, with third baseman Wade Boggs leading the way. Boggs hit .368 and produced an OPB of.450 and knocked out 240 base hits..

Rich Gedman, the 25-year-old catcher, was coming into his own, with an OBP of .362 and a slugging percentage of .484. The same was true for Marty Barrett at second, with his .336 OBP. Bill Buckner hit .299 and drove in 110 runs. Jim Rice and Dwight Evans were still producing at the corner outfield spots, combining for 56 home runs and 181 RBIs.

The disappointments on offense were the decline of designated hitter Mike Easler, and centerfielder Tony Armas. Armas hit 23 home runs in 103 games, but his problems getting on base and those at-bats when he wasn’t going deep were just becoming too numerous. He ended up sharing time in centerfield with Steve Lyons.

Pitching was generally the problem in Boston through the early part of the 1980s. There were clear signs of progress in 1985. The staff was by no means the team strength, but at sixth in the AL in ERA, they weren’t bad. Oil Can Boyd won 15 games with a 3.70 ERA and young Roger Clemens continued to be slowly broken into the majors, going 7-5 with a 3.29 ERA. Al Nipper, Bob Ojeda and Bruce Hurst were serviceable starters. It was the bullpen that completely lacked depth, with no one recording more than 12 saves.

The season started in the best way possible, a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. On Opening Day, Oil Can Boyd shrugged off two second-inning runs and opened the season with a good performance. He and Bob Stanley held the heart of the Yankee order, the second through fifth positions, to a harmless single in 14 at-bats, while the heart of the Red Sox attack battered Phil Niekro and successors for 3 homers, 6 hits, 6 RBIs, 8 runs scored and 14 total bases in a 9-2 rout. Mike Easler contributed two singles, a walk and two runs to the pounding. Dwight Evans hit a towering homer, doubled, walked, and scored three runs. The first pitch Tony Armas swung at, was sent screaming into the screen for a two-run homer. Then there was Jim Rice, who snapped his bat at a pitch and sent it whistling into the center field bleachers.

In the second game of the opening series, Rich Gedman collected four hits as the Red Sox battered the New York Yankees, 14-5. The sweep was completed as Roger Clemens, who was far from sharp, threw 135 pitches in just six innings. But he settled down after falling behind, 2-0, in the second inning, and then kept the Yankees in check until Bob Stanley could shut the door for a 6-4 win.

OIL CAN BOYD

The Red Sox won their fourth in a row, 7-2, over the Chicago White Sox before a chilled Fenway crowd. Boyd gained his second straight victory, going the distance, spacing five hits, and afterward announcing his candidacy for this year's All-Star team. The Can was something to behold again, retiring the last 13 batters he faced. In spite of this, the Sox finished the month of April 9-11.

A awaited explosion came in Oakland on May 3rd, as Jim Rice and Mike Easler each cracked two-run homers to highlight a seven-run fifth inning and sent the Sox on their way to a 10-0 victory. With Oil Can Boyd on the mound, they got a 1-0 lead from Bill Buckner’s homer and then came on with vengeance against the lowly A's, who had lost eight of their last nine games. The Sox pounded out 14 hits, including 9 for extra bases.

Wade Boggs had three hits, including two doubles, to extend a hitting streak to 11 games. Tony Armas came through for two hits and broke an 0-19 slump. Not to be lost amid the offensive barrage was the performance of Boyd, who went the distance for the shutout and recorded 12 strikeouts along the way.

Then Clemens hurt his shoulder, Armas pulled a quad muscle, Rice hurt his knee and everything started to go wrong. They lost seven of nine to mediocre teams like the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers to fall 9 1/2 games back by Memorial Day. But on May 29th, After having just one run to work with in his previous 18 2/3 innings, Boyd received great support as he and his companions blackjacked the Minnesota Twins, 7-0, over in Kenmore Square. Boyd took care of the opening, after giving up singles to Kent Hrbek and Tom Brunansky in the first inning with two out, he quickly took stock of himself. What resulted was a strikeout of Randy Bush to end the inning and enough overpowering pitches to limit Minnesota to just one hit over the next six innings.

Then, what happened in the Red Sox' 12-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on June 2nd, would have been considered a miracle the week before, when the Sox were swept in Texas and came home with much of their confidence gone. But it was no miracle that the hard-luck Bruce Hurst turned himself around after eight straight winless outings or that the Red Sox exploded for a season-high 18 hits. The hitting revival that had led the Sox to five victories in six games was no accident. Hurst threw 137 pitches and left after eight innings. But after a shaky start, he was strong with his fast ball, challenging hitters, nothing like the man who had gone 2-10 in his 19 previous starts and had a 6.30 earned-run average. With Dwight Evans and Tony Armas out of the lineup, manager John McNamara went with a predominantly left-handed hitting lineup that played second fiddle to Jim Rice, whose bat came alive for four hits, including his 10th home run of the year.

Just when you were ready to write the season off, the Sox came surging back. After a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on June 3rd, the Sox' sixth in their last seven games, Oil Can Boyd (6-4) was showing that he was a mature pitcher, using his energy and learning what it takes to win. The victory was the 11th time Sox had come from behind to win. They were now 14-9 at home and 4-0 against AL East teams. Rich Gedman had a hitting streak that reached 13 games (18 for 49, .367), a career high.

Bobby Ojeda went out and pitched seven innings of a 5-0 shutout over the Indians the next night, adding his name to the list of pitchers whose strong performances pushed Boston to the .500 mark for the first time since May 12th.

On June 10th, the Sox, on their last chance of the evening, parlayed fantasy, fortune and ferocious determination into a three-run rally on a three-run Jim Rice homer into the screen that gave them a 4-2 victory over the Brewers, running their winning streak to eight games, extended their overall surge to 11-1 and pulled them into a third-place tie, 6 1/2 games behind front-running Toronto.

The Brewers became their ninth victim in the last 10 games on June 12th with a 7-2 victory, as the Sox quietly and with precision primed themselves for an early-season showdown with the first-place Toronto Blue Jays.

In Thursday’s opener, on June 13th, the Sox trailed the Jays, 6-2 in the fifth. Wade Boggs hit a two-run homer to cut the deficit in half and then later walked and scored in a rally that pushed the Red Sox to an 8-7 win.

On Friday, June 14th, Boyd scattered 11 hits, going the distance in a 4-1 win.

Saturday’s game, on June 15th, was a pendulum of emotions. The Red Sox first coughed up a 5-1 lead in the eighth, then immediately scored twice. The winning rally came thanks to four walks, with Gedman and Barrett drawing free passes with the bases loaded. The Sox won 7-5.

One more rally was ahead on Sunday, June 16th. Trailing 6-3 in the eighth, the Red Sox scored four times. Glenn Hoffman, the light-hitting utility infielder, tied it with a two-run single and Evans won the game with a sac fly.

The Sox were soaring, within 2 1/2 games of the lead and heading to face the Tigers, who were also tied with them in second place. And just when you were ready to say this might be the year, the Red Sox (17-2 in their last 19 games) immediately did a U-turn back in the wrong direction. They dropped 2 of the next 3 in Detroit, 3 of 4 in Toronto, and 2 of 3 to the Orioles. The Sox then went to the West Coast and played .500 ball.

In Seattle on July 12th, down, 4-0, the Sox came back with vengeance, led by Jim Rice with a solo home run in the sixth inning. From that beginning, the Red Sox began to chip away. With Wade Boggs on base in the eighth inning, Bill Buckner slammed a two-run homer to make it a 4-3 game. Then, in the ninth, Rich Gedman hit a solo home run, tying the game and setting the stage for a game-winning base hit by Boggs. In the ninth, Boggs came to the plate with runners on first and third and two out. He delivered the Sox to a 5-4 win.

The Sox concluded the first half by beating the Seattle Mariners, behind Oil Can Boyd (11-7), who was not chosen to be in the All-Star Game. The Can was bound and determined to show American League manager Sparky Anderson that he could be impressive. He didn't get his 12th complete game, but he did strike out seven batters in 7 2/3 innings without walking any.

McNAMARA & GEDMAN

At the All Star break the Sox were 45-42, and had fallen back 7 1/2 games.

The Sox started the second half with a bang on July 18th at Fenway. They scored two unearned runs in the second, then exploded for eight in the. Bruce Hurst accepted the 10-run gift and wrapped up the 10-1 victory with a seven-hitter in which just one California Angel batter reached second base until the ninth inning. Hurst was now 4-0 with a 1.56 earned run average since seizing the opportunity to regain his place in the rotation. 

Rich Gedman (.306 BA) hit the screen for his fourth hit of the game and seventh homer in the seventh to give the Sox an 8-2 win over the first place Angels on July 21st. 

Jackie Gutierrez drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to force home the winning run as the Red Sox completed a sweep of the Oakland A's, 6-5, at Fenway Park on July 24th. Wade Boggs pulled a one-hopper past the dive of first baseman Bruce Bochte to extend his hitting streak to 27 games. Bill Buckner followed by pulling his 11th homer into the grandstand in right, putting him five homers short of his career.

On August 4th, in Kansas City, Boggs' fourth hit of the game opened the gates for a 6-5 victory in 12 innings over the Royals. He dropped a drag bunt up the first-base line, and with four hits, he pushed his average to a sizzling .354. Boggs' final hit will be remembered, if for no other reason, than it was a bunt single. With Dwight Evans on base with a leadoff double in the 12th, Boggs was willing to sacrifice. Instead, he put down a perfect drag bunt that befuddled first baseman Steve Balboni, who had no play. Evans and Boggs both scored moments later on a two-run double by Bill Buckner, his second game-winning hit in as many days.

Shortly before 5 p.m., on August 6th, the Red Sox team bus pulled up at the Westin Hotel in Chicago. Fifteen minutes later the bus pulled away, leaving all behind except Red Sox traveling secretary Jack Rogers, publicist Dick Bresciani and coach Joe Morgan. From that moment on, Red Sox players found themselves knee deep in a baseball strike. While negotiations went on in New York, the Red Sox players officially joined the ranks of the unemployed by following the directives of their union and refusing to go to work at Comiskey Park.

The central issues were how much money owners were contributing to the players’ pension fund and the fact they were trying to negotiate a salary cap on salary arbitration awards. The strike lasted two days as the owners agreed to drop the cap idea, contribute $33 million to the pension fund over the next three years and $39 million in 1989. They bumped the players’ minimum salary from $40,000 to $60,000.

And so the Sox treaded water throughout July, and then collapsed in August. They went 8-21 through the month, including seven consecutive losses to the Yankees. If there was hope, the Sox didn’t quit on their new manager.

Wade Boggs (.362 BA) continued his hot hitting.  In a four game series in Minnesota at the end of August, he went 11 for 20. He reached the 200-hit plateau for the third time in his four-year career on September 10th with a six-hit performance in a double-header split with the Orioles.

WADE BOGGS

The Sox pummeled the Blue Jays for 18 hits on September 18th at Fenway, led by Rich Gedman, who hit for the cycle, driving in seven runs, and Wade Boggs (.372 BA) who went 4 for 5.

With two more of his classic line-drive singles, Wade Boggs became the top single-season Red Sox hitter on September 21st. He surged past Tris Speaker's single-season record of 222.  His two hits on September 22nd gave him 69 multiple-hit games, tying the club record set in 1979 by Jim Rice. He also was in a nine-game hitting streak where he was 20 for 40. 

Boggs picked up four hits on September 29th, giving him a season total of 232, the most in the majors since Rod Carew had 239 for Minnesota in 1977. He had now hit safely in 131 games, two short of the American League record held by Al Simmons. It was his seventh four-hit game. Additionally, with a walk added to those four hits, he had now reached base 329 times, passing Norm Cash (326), and the most since Ted Williams reached 358 times in 1949.

His single on October 4th tied Al Simmons' 60-year-old American League record of hitting safely in 133 games.

He won the American League batting title with a .368 average, ending the season going 3-for-4 on October 6th. The three hits on the final day of the season, gave him a total of 240, sixth-best in AL history and the most in the majors since 1930. He had more hits in one season than any third baseman in major league history. Two of the hits were singles, giving him 187, which was seven more than the AL record set in 1980 by Willie Wilson. He hit safely in 135 games, tying Chuck Klein's major league mark, which was also set in 1930.

The Sox played hard through September and finished a neutral 81-81, in fifth place, 18 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays. It was a good sign that McNamara didn’t lose the clubhouse in the bad times. And the good times were right around the corner.


 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/08/1985 1-0 1st -  New York Yankees W 9-2 Oil Can Boyd 1-0
04/09/1985 1-0 1st -  
04/10/1985 2-0 1st -  New York Yankees W 14-5 Bruce Hurst 1-0
04/11/1985 3-0 1st -  New York Yankees W 6-4 Roger Clemens 1-0
04/12/1985 3-0 1st -  
04/13/1985 4-0 1st -  Chicago White Sox W 7-2 Oil Can Boyd 2-0
04/14/1985 4-1 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox L 11-6 Steve Crawford 0-1
04/15/1985 4-2 4th -1 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 6-5 Bob Stanley 0-1
04/16/1985 4-3 4th -2 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 2-0 Roger Clemens 1-1
04/17/1985 4-4 4th -2 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 6-1 Al Nipper 0-1
04/18/1985 5-4 4th -2  at Kansas City Royals W 4-3 Bobby Ojeda 1-0
04/19/1985 5-5 5th -2  at Chicago White Sox L 8-1 Mike Trujillo 0-1
04/20/1985 6-5 3rd -2  at Chicago White Sox W 12-8 Steve Crawford 1-1
04/21/1985 6-6 4th -2  at Chicago White Sox L 7-2 Roger Clemens 1-2
04/22/1985 6-6 4th -1 1/2  
04/23/1985 7-6 2nd -1 1/2  at New York Yankees W 5-4 Bobby Ojeda 2-0
04/24/1985 8-6 2nd -1/2  at New York Yankees W 7-6 Steve Crawford 2-1
04/25/1985 8-7 4th -1  at New York Yankees L 5-1 Bruce Hurst 1-1
04/26/1985 9-7 3rd -1  Kansas City Royals W 5-2 Roger Clemens 2-2
04/27/1985 9-8 4th -1 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 5-4 Bob Stanley 0-2
04/28/1985 9-9 4th -2 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 5-2 Oil Can Boyd 2-1
04/29/1985 9-10 4th -3  at California Angels L 7-6 Steve Crawford 2-2
04/30/1985 9-11 4th -4  at California Angels L 3-2 Bobby Ojeda 2-1
05/01/1985 9-12 5th -5  at Seattle Mariners L 7-0 Roger Clemens 2-3
05/02/1985 10-12 4th -4  at Seattle Mariners W 2-1 Al Nipper 1-1
05/03/1985 11-12 4th -4  at Oakland Athletics W 10-0 Oil Can Boyd 1-1
05/04/1985 12-12 4th -3  at Oakland Athletics W 5-4 Steve Crawford 3-2
05/05/1985 12-13 4th -4  at Oakland Athletics L 6-3 Bruce Hurst 1-2
05/06/1985 12-13 4th -4  
05/07/1985 13-13 4th -4  California Angels W 6-4 Roger Clemens 3-3
05/08/1985 14-13 4th -3  California Angels W 6-1 Oil Can Boyd 4-1
05/09/1985 14-13 4th -3  
05/10/1985 15-13 4th -3  Oakland Athletics W 5-4 Mark Clear 1-0
05/11/1985 15-14 4th -4  Oakland Athletics L 12-1 Bruce Hurst 1-3
05/12/1985 15-15 4th -4  Oakland Athletics L 5-3 Roger Clemens 3-4
05/13/1985 15-15 4th -4  
05/14/1985 15-16 4th -5  Seattle Mariners L 5-0 Oil Can Boyd 4-2
05/15/1985 15-17 5th -5  Seattle Mariners L 7-1 Al Nipper 1-2
05/16/1985 15-17 5th -5  
05/17/1985 16-17 5th -4  at Cleveland Indians W 5-0 Roger Clemens 4-4
05/18/1985 16-18 5th -5  at Cleveland Indians L 4-1 Bruce Hurst 1-4
05/19/1985 16-19 5th -5  at Cleveland Indians L 2-1 Oil Can Boyd 4-3
05/20/1985 16-20 5th -6  at Minnesota Twins L 5-2 Al Nipper 1-3
05/21/1985 17-20 5th -6  at Minnesota Twins W 9-1 Bruce Kison 1-0
05/22/1985 18-20 5th -6  at Minnesota Twins W 4-3 Roger Clemens 5-4
05/23/1985 18-21 5th -7  at Texas Rangers L 7-6 Mark Clear 1-1
05/24/1985 18-22 5th -8  at Texas Rangers L 1-0 Oil Can Boyd 4-4
05/25/1985 18-23 6th -9  at Texas Rangers L 10-3 Al Nipper 1-4
05/26/1985 18-24 6th -10  at Texas Rangers L 5-3 Bruce Kison 1-1
05/27/1985 19-24 6th -9 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 9-2 Roger Clemens 6-4
05/28/1985 19-24 6th -9  Minnesota Twins pp  
05/29/1985 20-24 6th -9  Minnesota Twins W 7-0 Oil Can Boyd 5-4
05/30/1985 21-24 6th -8 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 8-7 Bob Stanley 1-2
05/31/1985 21-25 6th -9 1/2  Texas Rangers L 3-1 Al Nipper 1-5
06/01/1985 22-25 6th -9 1/2  Texas Rangers W 6-0 Bruce Kison 2-1
06/02/1985 23-25 6th -9  Texas Rangers W 12-3 Bruce Hurst 2-4
06/03/1985 24-25 5th -8 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 6-5 Oil Can Boyd 6-4
06/04/1985 25-25 5th -8 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 5-0 Bobby Ojeda 3-1
06/05/1985 25-25 5th -9  Cleveland Indians pp  
06/06/1985 25-25 5th -9 1/2  
06/07/1985 26-25 5th -9 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 8-4 Al Nipper 2-5
06/08/1985 27-25 5th -8 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 2-1 Bruce Kison 3-1
06/09/1985 28-25 4th -7 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 12-0 Oil Can Boyd 7-4
06/10/1985 29-25 3rd -6 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 4-2 Bobby Ojeda 4-1
06/11/1985 29-26 4th -7 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 5-3 Bruce Hurst 2-5
06/12/1985 30-26 3rd -7 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 7-2 Al Nipper 3-5
06/13/1985 31-26 3rd -6 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 8-7 Mike Trujillo 1-1
06/14/1985 32-26 3rd -5 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 4-1 Oil Can Boyd 8-4
06/15/1985 33-26 3rd -4 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 7-5 Bob Stanley 2-2
06/16/1985 34-26 3rd -3 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 7-6 Steve Crawford 4-2
06/17/1985 35-26 2nd -2 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 3-2 Al Nipper 4-5
06/18/1985 35-27 2nd -2 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 9-8 Bruce Hurst 2-6
06/19/1985 35-28 3rd -3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 9-3 Oil Can Boyd 8-5
06/20/1985 35-29 3rd -4 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 6-5 Bob Stanley 2-3
06/21/1985 35-30 3rd -5 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 7-2 Bruce Hurst 2-7
06/22/1985 36-30 3rd -4 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 5-3 Bob Stanley 3-3
06/23/1985 36-31 3rd -5 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 8-1 Bruce Kison 3-2
06/24/1985 37-31 3rd -5  Detroit Tigers W 9-2 Oil Can Boyd 9-5
06/25/1985 37-32 3rd -6  Detroit Tigers L 3-0 Bobby Ojeda 4-2
06/26/1985 37-33 3rd -6  Detroit Tigers L 3-0 Al Nipper 4-6
06/27/1985 37-33 3rd -5 1/2  
06/28/1985 38-33 3rd -6 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 6-1 Bruce Hurst 3-7
06/29/1985 38-34 3rd -6 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 16-4 Oil Can Boyd 9-6
06/30/1985 38-35 3rd -7 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 3-0 Bobby Ojeda 4-3
07/01/1985 38-36 4th -7 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-1 Mike Trujillo 1-2
07/02/1985 38-37 5th -7 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 4-3 Bob Stanley 3-4
07/03/1985 39-37 4th -7 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 9-0 Bruce Hurst 4-7
07/04/1985 39-38 5th -7 1/2  at California Angels L 5-4 Oil Can Boyd 9-7
07/05/1985 39-39 5th -8 1/2  at California Angels L 13-4 Bobby Ojeda 4-4
07/06/1985 40-39 5th -7 1/2  at California Angels W 7-5 Bob Stanley 4-4
07/07/1985 40-40 5th -8 1/2  at California Angels L 8-3 Jim Dorsey 0-1
07/08/1985 41-40 5th -8 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 2-1 Bruce Hurst 5-7
07/09/1985 42-40 5th -8 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 6-3 Oil Can Boyd 10-7
07/10/1985 42-41 5th -9 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 5-4 Bobby Ojeda 4-5
07/11/1985 43-41 5th -9 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 7-1 Al Nipper 5-6
07/12/1985 44-41 5th -8 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 5-4 Mike Trujillo 2-2
07/13/1985 44-42 5th -8 1/2  at Seattle Mariners L 6-5 Bob Stanley 4-5
07/14/1985 45-42 4th -7 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 6-2 Oil Can Boyd 11-7
07/15/1985 All Star Game Break
07/16/1985
07/17/1985
07/18/1985 46-42 4th -6 1/2  California Angels W 10-1 Bruce Hurst 6-7
07/19/1985 46-43 4th -7 1/2  California Angels L 3-2 Oil Can Boyd 11-8
07/20/1985 46-44 4th -7 1/2  California Angels L 5-3 Bobby Ojeda 4-6
07/21/1985 47-44 4th -7 1/2  California Angels W 8-4 Al Nipper 6-6
07/22/1985 48-44 4th -7 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 6-4 Tim Lollar 4-5
07/23/1985 49-44 4th -7 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Bruce Hurst 7-7
07/24/1985 50-44 4th -7 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 6-5 Bob Stanley 5-5
07/25/1985 51-44 4th -7 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 5-3 Bobby Ojeda 5-6
07/26/1985 52-44 3rd -7 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 6-2 Al Nipper 7-6
07/27/1985 52-45 3rd -8 1/2  Seattle Mariners L 10-3 Tim Lollar 4-6
07/28/1985 52-46 4th -9 1/2  Seattle Mariners L 7-2 Bruce Hurst 7-8
07/29/1985 52-46 4th -9  
07/30/1985 52-47 4th -10  Chicago White Sox L 7-5 Oil Can Boyd 7-8
07/31/1985 52-47 4th -10 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 1-1  
08/01/1985 52-48 4th -10 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 7-2 Al Nipper 7-7
53-48 4th -11 W 4-3 Steve Crawford 5-2
08/02/1985 53-49 4th -12  at Kansas City Royals L 4-3 Mark Clear 1-2
08/03/1985 54-49 4th -12  at Kansas City Royals W 5-4 Roger Clemens 7-4
08/04/1985 55-49 4th -11  at Kansas City Royals W 6-5 Bob Stanley 6-5
08/05/1985 55-49 4th -11  
08/06/1985 55-49 4th -11  at Chicago White Sox pp  
08/07/1985 55-49 4th -11  at Chicago White Sox pp  
08/08/1985 55-50 4th -12  at Chicago White Sox L 7-6 Bruce Kison 3-3
56-50 4th -12 W 6-1 Tim Lollar 5-6
08/09/1985 56-51 4th -12  New York Yankees L 10-6 Bruce Hurst 7-9
08/10/1985 56-52 4th -12  New York Yankees L 7-3 Oil Can Boyd 11-10
08/11/1985 56-53 4th -13  New York Yankees L 5-3 Roger Clemens 7-5
08/12/1985 56-54 4th -13  Kansas City Royals L 3-2 Al Nipper 7-8
08/13/1985 56-55 5th -14  Kansas City Royals L 6-3 Bobby Ojeda 5-7
08/14/1985 57-55 5th -14  Kansas City Royals W 16-3 Bruce Hurst 8-9
08/15/1985 57-55 5th -14  
08/16/1985 57-56 5th -14  at New York Yankees L 5-4 Steve Crawford 5-3
08/17/1985 57-57 5th -14  at New York Yankees L 3-1 Al Nipper 7-9
08/18/1985 57-58 5th -15  at New York Yankees L 4-2 Tim Lollar 5-7
08/19/1985 57-59 5th -15  at New York Yankees L 6-5 Mark Clear 1-3
08/20/1985 57-60 5th -16  at Texas Rangers L 3-1 Bobby Ojeda 5-8
08/21/1985 57-61 5th -16  at Texas Rangers L 5-3 Oil Can Boyd 11-11
08/22/1985 58-61 5th -15 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 8-4 Mike Trujillo 3-2
08/23/1985 58-62 5th -17  Minnesota Twins L 5-2 Tim Lollar 5-8
08/24/1985 58-63 5th -18  Minnesota Twins L 1-0 Bruce Hurst 8-10
08/25/1985 58-63 5th -18  Minnesota Twins pp  
08/26/1985 58-64 5th -18 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 7-6 Bob Stanley 6-6
08/27/1985 58-65 5th -19 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 6-2 Mike Trujillo 3-3
08/28/1985 58-66 5th -19 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 7-4 Tim Lollar 5-9
08/29/1985 59-66 5th -19  at Cleveland Indians W 17-2 Bruce Hurst 9-10
08/30/1985 60-66 5th -19  at Minnesota Twins W 7-3 Bobby Ojeda 6-8
08/31/1985 60-67 5th -20 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 6-5 Steve Crawford 5-4
60-68 5th -20 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 5-4 Al Nipper 7-10
09/01/1985 61-68 5th -19 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 10-3 Mike Trujillo 4-3
09/02/1985 62-68 5th -19 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 11-2 Tim Lollar 6-9
09/03/1985 63-68 5th -19  at Texas Rangers W 6-4 Bruce Hurst 10-10
09/04/1985 63-68 5th -18 1/2  
09/05/1985 64-68 5th -19 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 13-6 Oil Can Boyd 12-11
64-69 5th -19 L 9-5 Bobby Ojeda 6-9
09/06/1985 64-69 5th -19 1/2  Cleveland Indians pp  
09/07/1985 65-69 5th -18 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 11-9 Bruce Kison 4-3
66-69 5th -18 W 7-4 Al Nipper 8-10
09/08/1985 67-69 5th -18  Cleveland Indians W 8-1 Tim Lollar 7-9
09/09/1985 67-69 5th -18 1/2  Baltimore Orioles pp  
09/10/1985 67-70 5th -19 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 7-5 Bruce Hurst 10-11
68-70 5th -19 W 5-3 Oil Can Boyd 13-11
09/11/1985 69-70 5th -19  Baltimore Orioles W 4-1 Bobby Ojeda 7-9
09/12/1985 69-71 5th -19  Baltimore Orioles L 3-1 Al Nipper 8-11
09/13/1985 69-72 5th -20  at Milwaukee Brewers L 6-3 Tim Lollar 7-10
09/14/1985 70-72 5th -20  at Milwaukee Brewers W 10-8 Bruce Kison 5-3
09/15/1985 71-72 5th -20  at Milwaukee Brewers W 4-2 Jeff Sellers 1-0
09/16/1985 71-73 5th -20 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-3 Bobby Ojeda 7-10
09/17/1985 72-73 5th -19 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-5 Oil Can Boyd 14-11
09/18/1985 73-73 5th -18 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 13-1 Al Nipper 9-11
09/19/1985 73-73 5th -18 1/2  
09/20/1985 73-74 5th -19 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 6-2 Bruce Hurst 10-12
09/21/1985 74-74 5th -19 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 7-6 Tim Lollar 8-10
09/22/1985 75-74 5th -18 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 6-2 Oil Can Boyd 15-11
09/23/1985 75-75 5th -19 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 2-1 Bobby Ojeda 7-11
09/24/1985 75-76 5th -20 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 6-2 Al Nipper 9-12
09/25/1985 76-76 5th -19 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 4-2 Steve Crawford 6-4
09/26/1985 77-76 5th -18 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 4-1 Jeff Sellers 2-0
09/27/1985 77-77 5th -19 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 5-1 Oil Can Boyd 15-12
09/28/1985 78-77 5th -19 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 2-0 Bobby Ojeda 8-11
09/29/1985 79-77 5th -19 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 8-4 Rob Woodward 1-0
09/30/1985 79-77 5th -19 1/2  
10/01/1985 80-77 5th -18 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 10-3 Bruce Hurst 11-12
10/02/1985 80-77 5th -18  at Baltimore Orioles pp  
10/03/1985 81-77 5th -17  at Baltimore Orioles W 6-2 Bobby Ojeda 9-11
81-78 5th -17 1/2 L 9-8 Steve Crawford 6-5
10/04/1985 81-79 5th -17 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 8-7 Mike Trujillo 4-4
10/05/1985 81-80 5th -18 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 3-2 Oil Can Boyd 15-13
10/06/1985 81-81 5th -18 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 9-6 Bruce Hurst 11-13
 
1985 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1985 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

99 62 -

 

 

New York Yankees

97 64 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

84 77 15

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

83 78 16

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

81

81

18 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

71 90 28

 

 

Cleveland Indians

60 102 39 1/2

 

 

 
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