SAM HORN

75 YEARS & A FENWAY HANGOVER ...
Sam Horn's debut is a game winner

July 25, 1987 ... It took precisely 109 minutes and five innings for Sam Horn to achieve cult status in his new hometown. With the score 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth, Horn drove a Stan Clarke hanging slider through the haze and humidity and into history. The ball landed in the left-field net, the Red Sox were en route to a 19-hit, 11-5 victory over the Mariners, and Horn was summoned for a curtain call in his first major league game.

Horn had plenty of help, particularly from his fellow rookies. Tom Bolton bailed out Oil Can Boyd in the fifth and provided the Sox with the kind of middle relief they've lacked all season. The lanky lefty pitched five shutout innings, allowing only four hits and no walks. It was good enough for his first major league victory.

Ellis Burks chipped in with three hits, including his 14th homer. Dwight Evans (.321) had three hits, Rich Gedman had three RBIs (including his first homer since Game 7 of You-Know-What) and Spike Owen had three hits and three RBIs.

But the day belonged to Horn. The big rookie fanned in his first major league at-bat and grounded into a double play in the fourth. Fans can expect a lot of K's and 4-6-3's from Horn, but maybe they can expect a lot of parabolic homers.

There was nothing exciting about Boyd's performance. For the second straight game, Boyd had nothing; maybe it was just as well. Seattle's Donell Nixon led off the game with a walk, stole second, went to third on Gedman's throwing error and scored on a single to right by Phil Bradley.

Seattle's second inning looked like a quiz question from the Joe Brinkman Umpires Academy. Ken Phelps led with a single to left. Mike Kingery hit a harmless popup but was awarded first because his bat came into contact with Gedman. Kingery reached on catcher's interference and Gedman was charged with another error.

Boyd's former housemate, Rey Quinones, scored Phelps with a single to right. Kingery moved to third and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Harold Reynolds. There was considerable confusion when Kingery crossed the plate. Plate umpire Tim McClelland initially called Kingery out, but the Seattle runner was impeded by Boyd, who was late running in to back up the plate. The Mariners argued, the umps collaborated and another run was posted.

The Red Sox fought back early and often. Burks singled to lead off the first, took second on a balk, was sacrificed to third by Marty Barrett and scored on a single by Wade Boggs. In the second, Evans led with a single to center, took third on Mike Greenwell's double and scored on an infield hit by Owen. Greenwell moved to third on Owen's hit and scored on a sacrifice fly by Gedman.

The Mariners broke the 3-3 tie with a pair of runs in the fourth. Kingery led with a walk and scored on a triple by Reynolds. Nixon delivered Reynolds with a sacrifice bunt.

The Sox bounced back with two in the bottom of the inning. Evans led with a single but was forced at second on a Greenwell grounder. Owen pushed Greenwell home with a triple to right, and southpaw Clarke replaced Scott Bankhead. Gedman scored Owen with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-5.

Boyd (5.89 ERA) did not come out for the fifth. Horn broke the tie with his two-run blast in the fifth, and Gedman KO'd Clarke with a leadoff bullpen shot in the sixth. Roy Thomas replaced Clarke, and Mike Morgan later replaced Thomas.

Meanwhile, Bolton kept the Mariners at the docks. Boston's rookie lefty faced the minimum nine batters in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Hot fun in the summertime. You take what you can get when you're battling to stay out of sixth place.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

SEATTLE MARINERS

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

11

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

2

0

2

2

1

2

1

x

 

 

11

19

2

 

 

 W-Tom Bolton (1-0)
L-Stan Clarke (2-2)
Attendance - 32,040

 2B-Davis (Sea), Greenwell (Bost), Burks (Bost)

 3B-Reynolds (Sea), Owen (Bost)

 HR-Horn (Bost), Gedman (Bost), Burks (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ellis Burks cf 5 2 3 .266  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 4 0 2 .269  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 5 0 1 .366  

 

Jim Rice lf 5 1 3 .294  

 

Sam Horn dh 4 2 1 .250  

 

Dwight Evans 1b 4 2 3 .321  

 

Mike Greenwell rf 4 2 2 .299  

 

Dave Henderson rf 0 0 0 .214  

 

Spike Owen ss 4 1 3 .253  

 

Rich Gedman c 2 1 1 .208  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Oil Can Boyd 4 7 4 2 0  

 

Tom Bolton 5 4 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1987 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

58 40 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers

55 39 1

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

56 41 1 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

48 47 8 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

45

52

12 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

45 53 13

 

 

Cleveland Indians

34 63 23 1/2