75 YEARS & A FENWAY HANGOVER ...
Dwight Evans' three run homer
wins on for the Sox

May 8, 1987 ... After losing two of three last weekend in Anaheim, the Red Sox came back with thunder and lightning in this battle of last year's division champions, ad they flexed their muscles against the California Angels, 6-4, before 32,072 at Fenway Park.

Brian Downing hit a two-run homer off Bob Stanley in the fifth. But once again it was the Red Sox who fired the loudest volleys, with Don Baylor smashing two home runs and Dwight Evans coming through in the clutch with a three-run shot in the eighth inning that broke a 3-3 tie.

The last two home runs, both off reliever DeWayne Buice, are the ones that sent the Angels into despair. California was still alive in the sixth inning with the score tied at 2-2. But Angel starter John Candelaria had to be removed and Baylor greeted him with a line drive home run to left.

In the seventh, Stanley had another one of those unlucky streaks that led to an unearned run, tying the game and temporarily taking Buice off the hook. But that grace period lasted only until the eighth, when the Red Sox won a ball game on their last at bat for the first time this season.

Evans got his chance after Buice gave up a leadoff double to Jim Rice and an intentional walk to Baylor. Evans slammed a 1-1 offering by Buice into the screen in deep left-center.

The long ball by both sides nearly overshadowed the pitching of Stanley and Joe Sambito, who picked up the victory after pitching his way out of a jams, in the seventh and ninth innings. Stanley, the victim of a costly error, received a standing ovation from the Fenway Faithful when he left in favor of Sambito.

California got an unearned run to tie the game after a leadoff single by Gary Pettis. With one out, Mark McLemore hit what appeared to be a sure double play ball to second. Marty Barrett made a clean feed, but Ed Romero dropped the ball, and both runners were safe. Stanley got Downing to hit into a forceout at second, leaving runners at first and third. But Devon White lofted a single to center, scoring Pettis and forcing McNamara to his bullpen. Sambito got out of the jam by getting Wally Joyner to hit into a forceout at second. Joyner, the man he faced in the seventh inning, and Sambito got him to ground into a forceout at third, ending the game.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CALIFORNIA ANGELS

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

1

 

 

4

9

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

3

x

 

 

6

11

1

 

 

W-Joe Sambito (1-1)
L-DeWayne Buice (1-1)
Attendance - 32,072

 2B-Howell (Cal), Barrett (Bost), Rice (Bost)

 HR-Downing (Cal), Miller (Cal),
 Baylor (2)(Bost), Evans (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ellis Burks cf 3 0 0 .308  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 4 0 1 .236  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 0 0 .307  

 

Jim Rice lf 4 1 1 .216  

 

Don Baylor dh 3 3 2 .260  

 

Dwight Evans rf 4 1 3 .287  

 

Bill Buckner 1b 4 0 2 .278  

 

Ed Romero ss 3 0 1 .310  

 

Marc Sullivan c 2 1 1 .170  

 

Rich Gedman ph/c 2 0 0 .000  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bob Stanley 6.2 6 2 3 2  

 

Joe Sambito 2.1 3 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1987 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

20 7 -

 

 

New York Yankees

18 10 2 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

16 10 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

13

15

7 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

12 16 8 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

10 17 10

 

 

Cleveland Indians

9 19 11 1/2