75 YEARS & A FENWAY HANGOVER ...
Roger Clemens comes up aces

April 21, 1987 ... Roger Clemens is OK and got back on track with a three-hitter in an 8-0 victory over the estimable Kansas City Royals. He had a no-hitter after six and retired 16 straight before veteran Frank White cracked a clean single to center on a 1-2 pitch to open the seventh. The Fenway fandom showered Clemens with applause after the no-hit drama was doused.

Meanwhile, Bill Buckner and Dwight Evans took care of the Sox' scoring; each veteran had three hits and drove home four runs as the Sox pounded 15 hits against a trio of hurlers.

But this was a night to talk about pitching because Clemens finally looked like his 1986 self. There will be no 14-0 start this year, but the reigning MVP was happy to get a victory after his 0-2 start. He won for the first time since his celebrated 29-day spring holdout.

The Rocket Man was high and wild in the first (27 pitches) inning. He hit Willie Wilson to start the game and issued a two-out walk to Danny Tartabull. Clemens got Thad Bosley on a pool-cue grounder to end the threat. Bosley's grounder started the parade of 16 straight KC outs against him.

Fans saw power vs. power when Bo Jackson led off the second. Clemens fanned Bo on four pitches (one of six K's for the night).

The Royals started falling with ease after that. Angel Salazar came close in the third when he looped a soft liner over Buckner's head, but the ever-nimble first baseman timed his leap perfectly, snagged the ball, then collapsed into a heap.

Bo led off in the fifth and was caught looking at a 1-2 heater on the corner. When Steve Balboni and Jamie Quirk followed with harmless grounders to short, Clemens had 13 straight and a five-inning no-hitter. The Royals had hit only one ball out of the infield.

It was three up, three down again in the sixth. Salazar led off with a routine fly to center, then Wilson fouled to Boggs. Rookie Kevin Seitzer was next, and he hit a dangerous grounder to the right side. Ed Romero fielded it cleanly, but Buckner had lunged to his right and couldn't get back. Clemens got over quickly and took Romero's throw, beating Seitzer by a half-step. The Rocket Man was two-thirds of the way to immortality, and had thrown only 85 pitches.

White snapped the suspense with his leadoff single in the seventh. Tartabull followed with a ground-ball single to left, but Clemens got the next three in order to preserve his 125-pitch shutout.

This wasn't Clemens' first flirtation with a no-hitter. Pitching in his Texas motherland last May 25, he had a no-hitter with two outs in the eighth when Oddibe McDowell singled.

The Sox jumped to a 1-0 lead in the second. Jim Rice opened with a bloop double to right, and Don Baylor walked. Evans scored Rice with a line double off the Wall and it seemed that Royals starter Rick Anderson was shower-bound. Anderson got out of the second-inning jam, but fell into a deeper hole in the third. Boggs led off with a walk, then took third on Romero's double. Buckner scored Boggs and Romero with a line single to right. Anderson walked Rice and then walked to the dugout, handing the ball to reliever Steve Farr.

Farr hit Baylor to load the bases again, and Evans drove a two-run single to center to make it 5-0. Evans was thrown out going for two, but Clemens had more than enough runs. The rout continued in the fourth when Buckner hit another two-run single. Three innings later, Evans drilled a solo homer into the net for the final score.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

3

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

4

2

0

0

1

0

x

 

 

8

15

0

 

 

W-Roger Clemens (1-2)
L-Rick Anderson (0-1)
Attendance - 29,082

 2B-Rice (Bost), Evans (Bost), Romero (2)(Bost)

 HR-Evans (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 1 0 .294  

 

Ed Romero 2b 5 2 2 .275  

 

Bill Buckner 1b 5 1 3 .294  

 

Pat Dodson 1b 0 0 0 .000  

 

Jim Rice lf 4 2 3 .250  

 

Don Baylor dh 3 0 0 .313  

 

Dwight Evans rf 4 1 3 .292  

 

Dave Henderson cf 4 0 2 .229  

 

Marc Sullivan c 4 0 0 .161  

 

Glenn Hoffman ss 4 1 2 .222  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Roger Clemens 9 3 0 1 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1987 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

13 1 -

 

 

New York Yankees

11 3 2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

7 7 6

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

7

7

6

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

7 7 6

 

 

Detroit Tigers

6 7 6 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

4 11 9 1/2