75 YEARS & A FENWAY HANGOVER ...
Wade Boggs takes care of the Orioles

June 29, 1987 ... Wade Boggs showed an untapped powerful side to his personality in a three-hit performance that helped send Boston to a 14-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles before a crowd of 31,139 at Fenway Park.

One of the hits was Boggs' second career grand slam, a sixth-inning shot that put the frosting on Boston's seventh victory in nine games, and assured Bruce Hurst (9-5) of a victory that may propel him into the All-Star Game. Boggs also had a single in the first inning and a triple in the fourth, which gave him a career-high seven runs batted in for the night.

Boggs now has 12 home runs, four more than his previous high. With 44 RBIs, he has moved to second among Boston hitters. Boggs wasn't the only talent on display as the Sox equaled their season best at Fenway by cracking out 15 hits. Marty Barrett, Todd Benzinger, Mike Greenwell, Bill Buckner and Rich Gedman each had two hits.

Greenwell (three RBIs) was filling in for Jim Rice, who left in the first inning with a banged-up left knee. Benzinger, whose success is making the outfield picture a nightly horse race, scored four times. Boston jumped to a 5-0 lead off starter Dave Schmidt and reliever Tony Arnold. After Baltimore cut the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth, Boston came roaring back with three runs in the bottom, and six more in the seventh.

Once the Sox jumped on Schmidt and four relievers, all Hurst had to do was finish up for his ninth complete game, tying Bret Saberhagen for tops in the American League. Schmidt, who began the night with an 8-1 record and a 2.24 ERA, was given his lumps early. The first four batters reached base, and three of them scored. Barrett, Benzinger and Boggs all singled to produce the first run. When Greenwell singled, Benzinger came home for a 2-0 lead.

Don Baylor hit into a 5-4-3 double play, but after a walk to Dwight Evans, Buckner came through with a base hit to left, scoring Boggs, and Boston led, 3-0. Evans then came home on a double to right by Spike Owen, Boston's sixth hit in the inning.

Arnold took over for Schmidt and the Sox got to him for a run in the second. Benzinger singled with one out, and with two out he stole second. From there he scored as Eddie Murray took a matador swipe at a grounder by Greenwell that went for a double.

The Orioles chipped away with single runs in the third and fourth to make it a 5-2 game. But the Sox came right back for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gedman doubled off the Wall, and was sacrificed to third by Barrett. Arnold walked Benzinger, bringing up Boggs, who is beginning to thrive on RBI situations. He drove a pitch some 410 feet to the triangle in center for a triple. When Greenwell followed with a sacrifice fly to center, Boggs scored for an 8-2 lead.

All that was left was Boggs' grand finale in the sixth inning. Lefty Scott McGregor, only a shadow of his former self, paid the price for ineffectiveness. He gave up singles to Gedman and Barrett and walked Benzinger to load the bases. Boggs slammed McGregor into the right-field seats.

Baltimore had one saving grace. Boggs had a chance to hit for the cycle. The Red Sox third baseman needed but one measly two-bagger to complete the cycle, a coveted offensive effort that has eluded him to date. The way the night was going for No. 26, however, the Orioles were expecting the worse. The implication here is that Wade Boggs can hit a ball almost anytime. Not only that, he can hit the kind of ball he needs for that given moment. The rush of this magical evening ended in the most disappointing way. Boggs picked out a 2-2 pitch from Bell and popped out to shortstop.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

3

10

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

4

1

0

3

0

6

0

0

x

 

 

14

15

1

 

 

W-Bruce Hurst (9-5)
L-Dave Schmidt (8-2)
Attendance - 31,139

 2B-Ripken (Balt), Gerhart (Balt), Lynn (Balt),
 Lacy (Balt), Owen (Bost), Greenwell (Bost), Gedman (Bost)

 3B-Boggs (Bost)

 HR-Boggs (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Marty Barrett 2b 3 2 2 .242  

 

Todd Benzinger cf/rf 3 4 2 .375  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 5 3 3 .384  

 

Ed Romero 3b 0 0 0 .295  

 

Jim Rice lf 0 0 0 .268  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 3 1 2 .290  

 

Don Baylor dh 4 1 0 .245  

 

Dwight Evans rf 3 1 1 .305  

 

Dave Henderson cf 1 0 0 .207  

 

Bill Buckner 1b 5 0 2 .262  

 

Spike Owen ss 5 0 1 .241  

 

Rich Gedman c 4 2 2 .186  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bruce Hurst 9 10 3 0 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1987 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

47 29 -

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

45 29 1

 

 

Detroit Tigers

40 32 5

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

37 35 8

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

36

39

10 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

31 45 16

 

 

Cleveland Indians

25 49 21