Things were a lot different in 1988. The Red Sox clubhouse was open for almost three hours before every game. Everything that went on essentially happened in public. Secrets were few, so reporters had a front row seat to baseball history. The ’88 Sox were supposed to be good, after a profoundly disappointing 1987 season.
The Red Sox opened the 1988 season with expectations. Manager John McNamara was under a mandate to win or else, after a tough 1987 campaign followed the pennant and World Series heartbreak of 1986. Changes were made in the winter as General Manager Lou Gorman traded Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper to the Chicago Cubs for their all star closer, Lee Smith.
They had a new closer and a couple of future All-Star outfielders in Ellis Burks and Mike Greenwell. They shed more players during spring training and broke camp with four rookies on the roster, most notably being Brady Anderson. And while there was no top-heavy favorite in the AL East, the Red Sox were reasonably expected to be one of the top teams.
Their old manager, though, John McNamara, was an issue. As early as spring training, it was clear that McNamara was not comfortable with the expectations that fans had for his team, during the final year of his contract.
The ’88 Red Sox didn’t fall on their face out of the starting gate. They started well and April was in fact quite successful. After losing the home opener, they came from behind against the Tigers with four runs in the bottom on the eighth for their first win on April 6th.
Lee Smith pitched in six of the first eight games, and his earned run average was 0.00. He'd saved four games by April 13th, 25% of the Sox team total for 1987.
Smith had the day off on April 14th as for the first time in 1988, he didn't contribute to a Sox victory. Smith wasn't needed because Roger Clemens went the route, fanning 13 with no walks in a 133-pitch, 2-0 masterpiece against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park. He got stronger and faster in the late innings.
On April 18th after Smith had proven himself human by allowing the Texas Rangers a run in the ninth inning to tie up the game, Wade Boggs and Jim Rice got on base before Mike Greenwell delivered a walk-off win.
Roger Clemens (4-0) pitched a near-perfect game through eight innings, survived two errors, and stopped the Brewers and Teddy Higuera, with a 4-0 victory before at Tiger Stadium on April 24th. Bruce Hurst (3-0, 2.61) then held Milwaukee to six hits the next night. He struck out eight and walked none. The Brewers were hitting .161 (25 for 155) against the Sox, and in two days against Clemens and Hurst, they collected nine hits and placed only three runners in scoring position. One advanced on an error and all were stranded.
The Sox ended April only one game out of first place. They were 14-6 for the month, and that included a 5-0 mark against Milwaukee, wins that would loom large by the end of the season.
On May 5th, the slumbering Red Sox bats pounded the Chicago White Sox pitching staff into submission, 16-3. The Red Sox, who had scored just five runs in their last 36 innings, had been held to three runs or fewer in 12 of their first 24 games.
In Kansas City, Clemens was magnificent on the mound as he allowed only one hit after the first inning and struck out every batter in the Royals' lineup at least once on his way to a 2-0 win. In striking out 16, Clemens made it five times in his eight starts that he has struck out 11 or more batters this season.
Back home on May 13th, Wade Boggs went 4 for 4 and Mike Greenwell hit back-to-back homers. Sam Horn crashed one beyond the bullpen with two on. And Oil Can Boyd won his fourth game, 14-8, against the Mariners, although he gave up six runs.
The next night on May 14th, Clemens (6-1) went the distance for the second straight outing, running his string of scoreless innings to 18, with 26 strikeouts, and lowering his earned run average to 1.78.
A new number was added to the two others below the Jimmy Fund sign on the facade above right field at Fenway Park on May 21st. Bobby Doerr finally saw his No. 1 immortalized as it joined Ted Williams' No. 9 and Joe Cronin's No. 4.
The Sox bats continued pounding opponent pitching on May 22nd, as the Red Sox enjoyed a 16-hit, 12-run barrage against the California Angels before they embarked on a trip to the west coast.
In Seattle, Roger Clemens wound up with his fifth shutout of the season and lowered his earned run average to 1.80 with a four-hitter. He struck out five. That was the only game the Sox won in Seattle. They then dropped three straight in Oakland. Clemens distracted the Angels and walked away with a 5-2 victory on May 30th in Anaheim. When it counted Clemens blanked the Angels, making just the right pitches to raise his record to 8-2 and stop a Sox slide at 1-5, with the "1" representing the last time he had pitched.
At the end, May wasn’t kind, and the Sox struggled to an 11-16 mark in 4th place, 7 games behind the Yankees.
An example of the growing frustration born of too many losses and too many injuries erupted in Anaheim as Dwight Evans sat in the Red Sox dugout and overheard a conversation on the subject of moving him from first base to right field because of the absence of injured Mike Greenwell, who left the club with a sore shoulder. When John McNamara approached Todd Benzinger about replacing him in left, Benzinger said he couldn't play because of a sore groin.
"The man's always hurt," Evans snapped. "How's he going to play first base if he's always hurt? How can you put him in the lineup? What are you going to do, move everybody else around to cater to him?" With that, Evans turned his back and ran up the dugout steps, bat in hand.
Oil Can Boyd's arm started acting up. After his June 3rd loss, he had given up 56 hits and 37 earned runs in his last 39 1/ 3 innings for an earned run average of 8.47, and his ERA for the season had risen from 2.29 to 6.41.
The Sox were bombed out of Fenway, in June's first home stand, losing four straight to the Toronto Blue Jays, and falling below .500 and 9 games out of the race.
Jim Rice was also off to a slow start. He had no home runs with only five extra-base hits, 18 runs batted in. He had hit into eight double plays and was 0 for 7 in bases-loaded situations.
McNamara started fiddling with the lineup and nothing was set. The young players wanted to play more as did the older veterans. In the front office, Jean Yawkey put John Harrington in charge over Haywood Sullivan. On the field and off, the team was divided. Meanwhile, the Sox ownership let McNamara slowly twist in the wind, and the manager admitted that he'd gone to minority owner Haywood Sullivan in an effort to get public clarification of his status. In one of the more bizarre episodes of this soap opera, the Sox manager called a press conference on June 14th, to announce that he's no longer talking about his job security.
June got a little bit better on the field, but not by much. On the 15th, powered by Ellis Burks' grand slam, the Sox beat the first place Yankees, 8-3. Ellis drove a 2-2 pitch deep into the heat. The ball crashed off a stanchion atop The Wall in left-center, 45 feet over the 379-foot sign.
Roger Clemens couldn't explain it, but he'd becoming almost unbeatable on the road in 1988 while he struggled slightly at Fenway Park. After beating the Orioles, 5-0, at Memorial Stadium on June 18th, he was 8-0 in road games with four shutouts and a 0.92 earned-run average. Rival hitters were batting .181 (45 for 249) against him on the road.
Then the Red Sox smashed a Memorial Stadium record 23 hits en route to a 15-7 victory over the hapless O's on the 19th. They banged out 21 hits and four homers (two by Mike Greenwell) the next night in a 14-7 shellacking of the Indians in Cleveland. No Red Sox team had collected 20 or more hits in back-to-back games since 1950, when the Sox took two from the St. Louis Browns on June 7th (20-4) and June 8th (29-4).
Greenwell was the hottest hitter in the American League. In his last four games, he was 12 for 20 with 4 homers and 12 RBIs. He carried a 14-game hitting streak into the first game back at Fenway against the Orioles and ranked among the league leaders in eight offensive categories.
But still the Sox were in turmoil off the field. Wade Boggs was slapped with a palimony suit by his longtime girlfriend, Margo Adams. Things turned ugly in the clubhouse as Adams implicated other players in similar indiscretions. Mrs. Yawkey was embarrassed and the organization seemed out of control.
McNamara had been accused from time to time of taking naps in the dugout, and sometimes in his office. This was the suspicion when the starting lineup wasn't posted until 20 minutes before game time. His imminent firing was a daily story. The team’s problems were not dealt with. In this latest episode on the trip from Baltimore to Cleveland, the players started drinking in the clubhouse. The plane was not scheduled to depart until two hours later than normal, so the players drank more than usual. The feelings underneath surfaced as they started going after Wade Boggs verbally because some of them had been notified they must give depositions in Adams' palimony suit against him. There were clashes between Dwight Evans and his team mates. First it was with Boggs, then Cerone, and words with Wes Gardner and Burks. Mike Greenwell and Evans had problems and met to iron out their differences. Greenwell was upset over an incident in New York when Evans yelled at Greenwell from the dugout for not running out a ground ball.
On the field, backed by Ellis Burks' three-run homer and Roger Clemens' first Fenway Park triumph in five starts, the Sox banged out their fifth consecutive win on June 29th, a 5-1 decision over the Indians. Clemens looked like a three-time Cy Young winner. Hobbled by a groin injury in his last outing, he allowed just three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings as he improved his record to 11-5.
The Red Sox finished a nose over. 500 for the month of June, but 9 of the 14 wins came against Cleveland and Baltimore, the only East teams would finish sub-.500. The Orioles in fact, were headed for a 107-loss catastrophe. The Sox followed that up by losing nine of July’s first twelve games.
A 43-42 record at the All Star break was simply not acceptable when the lineup has Wade Boggs, Mike Greenwell, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and Rich Gedman in it. While Gedman and Barrett were having subpar years, Boggs was delivering a vintage year, with a .355 BA. His ability to pepper doubles off the Green Monster compensated for his lack of home run power and made him a complete offensive threat. While Rice was only hitting .258, Greenwell was hitting .345 and Evans was at .318
However, the Red Sox starting pitching had become a problem. While Clemens (12-5) and Hurst (9-4) were on their way to 18 wins with solid ERAs, there was no consistency below them. Boyd (7-7) was struggling, and while Wes Gardner was providing some help, it was clear the team needed another starting pitcher. But more than that, they needed to get back into the race.
Yawkey had had enough of the bickering, the Margo Adams allegations and the divided clubhouse. She blamed McNamara for letting this aggravation fester, failing to control his players and being content to not be a winning team.
So, as he wrote out the lineup card for the Sox game vs. the Royals at Fenway on July 14th, McNamara was fired with his team nine games out of first place. Joe Morgan, his third base coach, was named interim manager while the team searched for a bigger name. When team president John Harrington told him of his interim status, Morgan replied, “Mr. Harrington, the word ‘interim’ is not in my vocabulary.”
The hiring of Joe Morgan jump-started one of the most epic win streaks in team history. It would be called “Morgan’s Magic” and it electrified Red Sox Nation immediately. He reprimanded captain Jim Rice, who had not provided leadership and had become a disruptive presence in the clubhouse. He then benched Spike Owen and made Jody Reed the shortstop.
The game of July 14th was rained out, so the Sox and Royals played two on Friday, July 15th. The Sox won under their new manager, Joe Morgan, not once but twice. Roger Clemens rocketed his way to 16 strikeouts in a 3-1 victory in the opener. Rick Cerone and Wade Boggs hit homers to back a 7-4 triumph in the nightcap, giving the Sox a doubleheader sweep of the Kansas City Royals. Anyone could have managed Clemens in a 16-K effort, but how many managers would have had the Rocket Man place the game ball in his hand afterward?
On Saturday, July 16th, the Sox trailed after five, 6-0 with the first run scoring on Bo Jackson’s home run over, the center field wall. Then they roared back. They tied it in the eighth on Evans’ two-run homer and went into the bottom of the ninth tied, 6-6. The leadoff hitter was Kevin Romine, batting .154 for the season and with no home runs to his credit in parts of four big-league years. Romine smoked the second pitch of the inning into the screen above the Green Monster and the Sox had a 7-6 victory.
Unlike McNamara, Morgan used his bench players. He opened the game with a lineup that had Randy Kutcher starting in right field to give Dwight Evans a rest. He also dropped Wade Boggs down to his coveted No. 3 spot and let Jody Reed lead off. It was the Sox’ biggest come-from-behind victory of the season, having been faced with a 6-0 deficit after five innings.
After that, miracles seemed to happen on a daily basis.
On Sunday, July 17th, in 99-degree heat, after blowing a 7-0 lead, the Sox hung on and won, 10-6, to finish a sweep of the Royals. Ellis Burks collected 5 RBIs to lead the Sox. But as ugly as it was, it was the fourth straight victory under the new manager. After four games, the Red Sox were playing like a team, rather than a collection of nine or 10 guys surrounded by designated scrubs and pallbearers.
On Monday, July 18th, the Red Sox rolled up their fifth consecutive win with a 6-5 trimming of the world champion Minnesota Twins. The Sox rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1, broke a 3-3 tie on Larry Parrish's sacrifice fly in the sixth. The ninth began with the Sox holding a 6-4 lead. Lee Smith gave up the Twins' fifth run in the ninth, and didn't get the last out, a Greg Gagne fly to center, until the Twins had the tying and go-ahead runs at second and third.
On Tuesday, July 19th, Mike Smithson had a no-hitter for 6-1/3 innings in a 5-0 Red Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins and lifted them within five games of first-place Detroit in the American League East. Smithson flirted with a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings, eventually giving up two hits in 7 1/3 innings and dazzling the team that cut him loose last winter.
On Wednesday, July 20th, the Sox had their most improbable victory of all. With the Red Sox leading in the eighth, 5-4, Morgan sent up shortstop Spike Owen to bat for Jim Rice. Upset by the move, Rice slammed his bat into the rack and jostled Morgan in the dugout. Morgan took complete control and later suspended for Rice for three games. The Twins tied it in the ninth, 5-5, then scored two in the 10th to make it 7-5. Twins reliever Juan Berenguer came unglued and the Sox rallied. Todd Benzinger won it off new pitcher Keith Atherton, wrapping a home run around the right field foul pole.
On Thursday, July 21st, Oil Can Boyd was near perfect in a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, retiring the first 19 batters he faced before Steve Lyons ended his bid for a perfect game with one-out single in the seventh. As a result, the Red Sox moved within 4 1/2 games of Detroit and rewrote a couple of lines in the club record book. Their 8-0 mark was their best getaway ever after the All-Star break. It also gave Morgan the best start ever by a Boston manager, with one more win than Steve O'Neill chalked up in his debut in 1950.
On Friday, July 22nd, the Red Sox rallied from two runs down for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. This time the Sox fell behind, 2-0, before coming to bat. They trailed, 3-1, in the sixth. Larry Parrish then whacked a monster of a double to score two and tie the game. Then a Chicago error on a hit-and-run ball by Marty Barrett in the seventh set up Boggs for the game-winner, which came on a double-play ball.
On Saturday, July 23rd, the Red Sox made Chicago their 10th straight victim and remained perfect under Joe Morgan, courtesy of an 11-5 victory. Timely hitting was in vogue, as the Sox rallied from a 5-1 deficit en route to a 20-hit performance. Every starter got into the act. Coupled with Detroit's 4-1 loss to Oakland, the Sox moved within 2 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Tigers. The Sox had made up 6 1/2 games on the leaders since Morgan took over nine days ago.
On Sunday, July 24th, the Sox made 11 straight victories at Fenway Park, in finishing it off with a 3-2 triumph over the Chicago White Sox. To go along with timely hitting and great defense, the Sox added the ingredient of solid pitching. Five innings by Bruce Hurst was then followed by strong relief performances by Dennis Lamp and Lee Smith, who picked up his 15th save.
On Monday, July 25th, the Sox delivered their 12th and last consecutive win for Joe Morgan. Jody Reed delivered the winning run in Arlington, Texas, as Roger Clemens stifled the Texas Rangers, 2-0. The 12-game winning streak was the Sox' longest since 1948, when they won 13 in a row. Reed's seventh-inning single gave Clemens the only run he needed as he pitched his fourth three-hitter, seventh shutout and 10th complete game of the season, lowering his earned run average to 2.25. The victory, in which he threw 161 pitches, stretched his road record to 10-0.
The Sox then lost to the Rangers as Oil Can Boyd exited in the fourth with a recurrence of tenderness in his right shoulder. Dwight Evans also was the sidelined because of a pulled muscle in his leg.
The "Morgan Magic" returned in a 10-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on July 27th. Jim Rice had his second straight three-hit game. He doubled home the tying run and scored the winner on Kevin Romine's single during a three-run eighth-inning surge that gave the Sox an 8-7 advantage.
With Boyd down with another injury, Lou Gorman stepped in and pulled the trigger on a hugely consequential trade, both short-term and long-term. They acquired Mike Boddicker from Baltimore, whose “foshball”, a mix of fastball and forkball, made him an upper-echelon pitcher. The Red Sox only needed give up a couple young players. One was a centerfielder who’d been in the Opening Day lineup, but seen little time since then. His name was Brady Anderson. He would go on to a stellar career in Baltimore and enjoy a 50-home run season. The other was a pitcher ... Curt Schilling. Boddicker would go on to make 14 starts for the Sox, going 7-3 and continued to be a solid starter for a couple more years.
The Red Sox swept the Brewers on July 29th back at Fenway, 6-4 and 5-4, in a double-fantasy special. Dale Sveum's error led to three unearned Sox runs in Game #1, and Paul Molitor's eighth-inning gaffe set up Todd Benzinger's game-winning single in the nightcap.
Then on July 30th, the Red Sox extended their Fenway streak with a 3-2, sudden-death victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Roger Clemens fanned 13 and walked one (intentional) in a 149-pitch masterpiece. The winning run was knocked in by Marty Barrett, an inning after he had hurt the cause with a base running blunder. Rob Deer made a sensational catch, and Barrett was caught halfway down the line. He went back and tagged but was an easy out at the plate. Then, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Barrett smacked the first pitch to left, past a drawn-in infield, for the game-winning single. The Sox trailed first-place Detroit by only one and one half game.
Each day a different scenario. Each day the same scenario. On July 31st, the crushing blow came in the sixth, when Rich Gedman poked a two-run homer into the right-field grandstands to complete a 5-0 Red Sox victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The victory, spiced with the sparkling debut of Mike Boddicker.
August 2nd and yes, the Red Sox won again, a 7-2 thumping of the Texas Rangers that was decided in a matter of minutes rather than innings. Mike Greenwell smoked a Jeff Russell first-inning pitch into the visiting bullpen for his first career grand slam and a 4-0 lead. By the time he crossed home plate, Greenwell had helped the Sox tie the team record for most consecutive wins at home, 21, set by the 1949 Red Sox. The Sox also climbed into second place, only a game behind the front-running Detroit Tigers.
Finally on August 3rd, thanks to a bizarre 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers, the Sox shared the AL East lead with the Tigers, erasing the remainder of the nine-game chasm that existed between them and first place when McNamara was replaced by Joe Morgan, three weeks ago.
The Sox blew a 3-1 lead, then won it by snapping a 4-4 tie. Ellis Burks drew a walk with one out in the eighth. With two outs, he stole second and then Rice was intentionally walked. Reed then singled to left, and Rice almost got caught off second before Burks crossed the plate with the winning run.
With their 22nd straight Fenway Park victory, the Sox passed the 1949 club record and also tied the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics for the longest home winning streak in A.L. history. In addition, they improved their record under Morgan to 19-1.
Officially, "Morgan’s Magic" ended there. The Sox went to Detroit for a five-game show down series and lost four of five. Next to Milwaukee where they lost three of the four games. They returned to Fenway 3 1/2 games behind Detroit in the A.L. East standings.
With a 9-4 win against the Tigers on August 12th, since June 24th, they were 23-0 at home. No team in American League history had won more consecutive home games than the 1988 Red Sox. Win #24 came the next night, August 13th, in a 16-4 rout of the first place Tigers, and only one team, the 1916 New York Giants, had ever rattled off more consecutive home victories. It ended there as the Tigers blasted Roger Clemens and the Sox, 18-6, the next night.
Oakland showed its might with three homers at Fenway Park on August 19th, but the Red Sox won the opening round of an important three-game series, 7-6, thanks largely to the efforts of Marty Barrett, Bob Stanley and Mike Greenwell. The Red Sox broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh on clutch hitting. Barrett doubled and scored the winning run on a single by Greenwell, whose three RBIs. Stanley earned the victory with 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief after replacing starter Mike Smithson. The Steamer made it interesting, surviving a bases-loaded jam in the eighth as he subdued perhaps the toughest lineup in baseball.
In the second game of the series with Oakland, Ellis Burks and Todd Benzinger each hit two-run doubles and the Sox sprayed nine other safeties around the yard, but this game turned on two plays in the sixth. Wade Boggs' made a face-saving snatch of a Dave Henderson bad-hop rocket, then Mike Boddicker came in as a reliever to face Jose Canseco. Boddicker's only pitch to Canseco was a still-life special. A bowl of fruit. Canseco tapped out to the mound and the nation gasped at this latest glimpse of "Morgan Magic". The Sox lost the final game, taking 2 of 3, but fell 4 games behind the Tigers.
Greenwell's 100th RBI on August 23rd, was his 17th game-winner of the season, propelling the Red Sox to a 10-2 victory over California. The hit gave the Sox their fifth win in seven games as the Sox closed the gap on first-place Detroit to two games.
The Sox marched to within one game of first-place Detroit on August 28th, fueled by Bruce Hurst, who was a 7-2 winner over the Mariners in Seattle. He ran his record to 16-4, a career high for victories, and also posted his seventh victory in a row, also a career high. He was 7-0 in his last eight starts and 10-1 in his last 15. Despite injuries, he had a huge impact on the Sox. They were 10-1 with Hurst pitching after a loss.
Then, after four unsuccessful rides down the rough waters of the West Coast, the Red Sox finally reached first place, winning, 6-5, on a 10th-inning home run by designated hitter, Larry Parrish, on September 4th. The Sox took sole possession of first place on September 5th, on home runs by Parrish and Dwight Evans, the key to a victory that gave them a one-game lead over Detroit, who lost in 10 innings to Toronto.
The next night, Mike Greenwell collected three hits to spark the Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium, highlighted by a two-run homer with three RBIs that raised his total to 107, two behind major league leader Jose Canseco.
Back at Fenway on September 9th, Lee Smith blew away all six men he faced to preserve a 7-4 Red Sox triumph over the Indians, a victory which, coupled with the dramatic New York ninth-inning conquest of the Tigers, left the Red Sox 2 1/2 games in front in the AL East with 22 to play.
Roger Clemens’ near no-hitter on September 10th, ended with one out in the eighth, on a clean line drive over Marty Barrett. At the end of the inning, Clemens, who was on his way to a one-hit, 6-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians, walked slowly to the Red Sox dugout, took off his glove and tossed it with his left hand stoutly against the dugout steps. Disappointment? Yes. But joy? Indeed. He had won his first game since the end of July.
The Sox got pinpoint control from Bruce Hurst on September 12th, who finally got his 17th victory in a 6-1 rout of the Orioles at Fenway Park. They roughed up rookie Curt Schilling, the former Sox farmhand, who was making his Fenway debut. Schilling gave up just five of the 10 Red Sox hits, but didn't make it out of the third inning.
With one swing the next night, Jim Rice quieted his critics and gave the Red Sox the kind of lift he regularly provided in the late '70s and early '80s. That swing produced a grand slam in the third inning that sent the Sox to a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
On September 14th, Mike Boddicker settled down nicely to do his part in completing a three-game sweep of Baltimore with a 4-3 victory. The win came at the expense of the club that dealt him to the Sox in July. Mike Greenwell slammed his 21st homer of the year in the second inning. He followed with a double in the fourth and a triple in the sixth, scoring both times. On a 1-2 pitch in the eighth, Greenwell singled to right, completing the cycle and earning a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful.
So it was a battle in the American League East, as the Yankees came to town on September 15th. The Yanks posted a 5-3 victory and dashed any hopes of a Sox breeze, that hinged directly on a roaring performance by Roger Clemens (16-11), who was treated roughly as he suffered his sixth loss in his last seven starts. He lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs. Clemens made some mistakes early and this time the Sox could not overcome them, getting eight hits but stranding 11 runners.
The Red Sox struck back with a vengeance the next night. They made their designs clear after falling behind in the first inning, 2-0, and won with the aggressive style that had become their trademark since the All-Star break. They tied the game, 2-2, in the second by loading the bases and scoring on a Larry Parrish double-play ball and a Jody Reed single. Then came a five run rally in the fifth and they never looked back.
In the September 17th third game, Hurst (18-5) painted and allowed only three hits and fanned nine. Dwight Evans, the link to past pennant duels, broke a 1-1 tie with a shot into the screen in the bottom of the eighth as the Sox increased its lead to 5 1/2 games with 14 to play.
The Red Sox won three of four from New York with a 9-4 victory in the series finale, putting the Yanks 6 1/2 games back and dropping them into fourth place. The Tigers also lost, leaving them six back. Mike Smithson went his usual strong six innings and then Bob Stanley did his job as set-up man for Lee Smith, but escaped serious damage by getting two double-play balls.
After losing the first game to the Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium, the Red Sox' Pennant Express went into high gear in a 13-2 walloping of Toronto on September 20th. In beating the Jays for only the second time in nine games this season, they pounded out 16 hits. A three-hit performance for Wade Boggs, made him only the second player to collect 200 hits in six straight seasons. He also became only the second man to have 200 hits and 100 walks for three straight years, tying a record set by Lou Gehrig.
At Yankee Stadium on September 23rd, the Sox pulled out a heart-stopping 10-9 victory over the hated New Yorkers. At one point, the Yankees had a 9-4 lead, but that was before the Sox rallied for the 41st time this year, and fifth time over the Yanks to put a damper on their pennant hopes. It was pinch hitter Spike Owen who came through with the game-winner in the ninth inning, when he singled with the bases loaded, scoring two runs, and wiping out a 9-8 lead by scoring Ellis Burks and Jody Reed. It gave Owen his first RBIs in over a month.
The Sox shoved the Yankees 5 1/2 games back, with a 6-0 victory after losing the second game. Instead of a "singles" attack, the Red Sox floored the Yanks with two home runs, a three-run shot by Greenwell in the first inning and a two-run job by Evans in the fifth. With a 3-0 lead, Roger Clemens had enough of a cushion to survive a few bad pitches and got stronger as the game went on. When he pitched out of a fourth-inning jam, there was no beating him. Roger (18-11) lasted seven innings and threw 117 pitches.
The Sox returned to Fenway and lost three straight to the Blue Jays and then left to face Cleveland in the season series finale. They had a 2 1/2 game lead over the Brewers, and a 3 1/2 game lead over the Yankees and Tigers with four games left to play.
In Cleveland on September 29th, Mike Boddicker easily upped his record to 13-15 with a 12-0 win, that guaranteed the Sox at least a tie for the AL East. For 5 1/3 innings he was letter perfect, allowing Cleveland only four balls out of the infield while throwing a perfect game, until Brook Jacoby fought off a forkball and punched it into center field for a single in the sixth.
The Sox backed into the AL East championship the next night, big time. Roger Clemens didn't have enough to defeat the Indians, but it didn't matter as Detroit beat the Yankees and Oakland beat the Brewers. A look at the standings showed five teams finished the season within two games of each other.
The story ends there. The A’s had dominated the American League, with Canseco and Mark McGwire forming the “Bash Brothers”. Dave Stewart was an outstanding workhorse in the rotation with Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley slamming the door in the ninth inning.
In the first game of the American League Championship Series, Boggs struck out with runners on first and second and two out in the ninth inning, allowing Eckersley and the A's to preserve a 2-1 triumph over the Red Sox in the opener of the best-of-seven series.
The Athletics took the opener on the strong arms of Dave Stewart, Rick Honeycutt and Eckersley, as Bruce Hurst went the distance, limiting Oakland to just six hits. Hurst faltered only twice, surrendering a fourth-inning homer to Canseco and allowing the winning run in the eighth on a Carney Lansford double and Dave Henderson's RBI single.
Boggs made the only dent in Oakland's pitching, tying the game, 1-1, with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh. But the Sox came out cold and struggled at the plate.
In Game #2 the A's posted a 4-3 victory that gave them a 2-0 lead in the ALCS. They won it by collecting three singles off Lee Smith in the ninth inning. The last, by No. 9 hitter Walt Weiss with two out, brought Ron Hassey home to snap a 3-3 tie. Eckersley came out of the Oakland bullpen again to torment his former teammates, breezing through a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save in as many games.
Mike Boddicker failed to hold a 5-0 lead and was the loser as the A's pounded the Red Sox, 10-6, in Game 3 at Oakland. He surrendered homers to Mark McGwire and Carney Lansford in the second, then yielded a two-run bomb to Ron Hassey in the third that put the A's ahead for good, 6-5. He gave up eight hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings, his worst outing in a Red Sox uniform.
The A's finally erased the Sox, 4-1, completing a four-game sweep of the ALCS. Canseco unloaded on Hurst for his third homer of the series, giving the A's a 1-0 lead. Then former Sox savior, Dave Henderson, doubled in a run in the third for a 2-0 edge. Bruce Hurst left with the 2-0 deficit against Dave Stewart after four innings. In the eighth, the A's reached Lee Smith for two insurance runs, produced by a McGwire single that brought home Canseco and a sacrifice fly by another Sox alumnus, Don Baylor. The Sox were in need of some "Morgan Magic" to avoid extinction, and Joe Morgan was fresh out of any potions. Eckersley closed down the Sox in the ninth, earning his fourth save, a postseason record, and wrapping up the ALCS Most Valuable Player Award.
After four straight agonizing losses, the grim reality was that the Sox simply were overmatched, as their eighth straight loss of the year in Oakland demonstrated.
For the season, Jose Canseco hit .307 with 42 home runs, 124 RBI and 40 stolen bases for the Oakland A's in 1988 and was unanimously voted the league's MVP. Mike Greenwell, who hit .325 with 22 home runs, 119 RBI and 16 stolen bases, finished second in the balloting. In 2005, Greenwell claimed that Canseco's admission that he took steroids, raised questions about the legitimacy of the award that season.
But in spite of it all, for the first three weeks after the All-Star break, "Morgan’s Magic" gave Red Sox fans a summer to remember.
|04/04/1988||0-1||5th||-1||Detroit Tigers||L||5-3||Lee Smith||0-1|
|04/06/1988||1-1||4th||-1||Detroit Tigers||W||6-5||Dennis Lamp||1-0|
|04/07/1988||1-2||6th||-1 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||11-6||Steve Ellsworth||0-1|
|04/08/1988||2-2||4th||-1 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||4-0||Oil Can Boyd||1-0|
|04/09/1988||3-2||3rd||-1 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||2-1||Roger Clemens||1-0|
|04/10/1988||3-3||3rd||-2 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||4-1||Jeff Sellers||0-1|
|04/11/1988||3-3||4th||-2 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||pp|
|04/12/1988||4-3||3rd||-2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||3-1||Bruce Hurst||1-0|
|04/13/1988||5-3||3rd||-2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||6-3||Oil Can Boyd||2-0|
|04/14/1988||6-3||3rd||-2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||2-0||Roger Clemens||2-0|
|04/15/1988||6-4||3rd||-3||Texas Rangers||L||3-2||Wes Gardner||0-1|
|04/16/1988||6-5||3rd||-3 1/2||Texas Rangers||L||2-0||Steve Ellsworth||0-2|
|04/17/1988||7-5||3rd||-3 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||15-2||Bruce Hurst||2-0|
|04/18/1988||8-5||3rd||-3||Texas Rangers||W||4-3||Lee Smith||1-1|
|04/19/1988||9-5||3rd||-2||at Detroit Tigers||W||7-3||Roger Clemens||3-0|
|04/20/1988||9-5||3rd||-2 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||pp|
|04/21/1988||10-5||3rd||-2||at Detroit Tigers||W||12-3||Steve Ellsworth||1-2|
|04/22/1988||10-5||3rd||-2 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||pp|
|04/23/1988||10-5||3rd||-3||at Milwaukee Brewers||pp|
|04/24/1988||11-5||3rd||-2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||4-0||Roger Clemens||4-0|
|04/25/1988||12-5||3rd||-1 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-1||Bruce Hurst||3-0|
|04/26/1988||12-5||3rd||-2||at Chicago White Sox||pp|
|04/27/1988||12-5||3rd||-2 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||pp|
|04/28/1988||12-6||3rd||-2 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||6-0||Oil Can Boyd||2-1|
|04/29/1988||13-6||3rd||-2||Minnesota Twins||W||6-5||Lee Smith||2-1|
|04/30/1988||14-6||3rd||-1||Minnesota Twins||W||8-3||Bruce Hurst||4-0|
|05/01/1988||14-7||3rd||-1||Minnesota Twins||L||2-0||Jeff Sellers||0-2|
|05/02/1988||14-8||3rd||-2||Kansas City Royals||L||2-0||Steve Ellsworth||1-3|
|05/03/1988||14-9||3rd||-2 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||9-3||Oil Can Boyd||2-2|
|05/04/1988||14-10||4th||-3 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||6-2||Roger Clemens||4-1|
|05/05/1988||15-10||4th||-3 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||16-3||Bruce Hurst||5-0|
|05/06/1988||15-11||4th||-3 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||5-0||Jeff Sellers||0-3|
|05/07/1988||15-12||5th||-3 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||5-2||Steve Ellsworth||1-4|
|05/08/1988||16-12||5th||-2 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||W||10-6||Oil Can Boyd||3-2|
|05/09/1988||17-12||4th||-2||at Kansas City Royals||W||2-0||Roger Clemens||5-1|
|05/10/1988||17-13||5th||-3||at Kansas City Royals||L||7-2||Bruce Hurst||5-1|
|05/12/1988||17-13||5th||-3 1/2||at Pawtucket Red Sox||L||5-1|
|05/13/1988||18-13||4th||-2 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||14-8||Oil Can Boyd||4-2|
|05/14/1988||19-13||4th||-2 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||3-0||Roger Clemens||6-1|
|05/15/1988||19-14||4th||-3 1/2||Seattle Mariners||L||11-7||Lee Smith||2-2|
|05/16/1988||19-15||4th||-4 1/2||Oakland Athletics||L||3-0||Jeff Sellers||0-4|
|05/17/1988||19-16||4th||-4 1/2||Oakland Athletics||L||12-7||Steve Ellsworth||1-5|
|05/18/1988||20-16||4th||-4||Oakland Athletics||W||4-1||Oil Can Boyd||5-2|
|05/20/1988||20-17||4th||-4||California Angels||L||4-2||Roger Clemens||6-2|
|05/21/1988||21-17||4th||-4||California Angels||W||8-4||Bruce Hurst||6-1|
|05/22/1988||22-17||4th||-4||California Angels||W||12-4||Bob Stanley||1-0|
|05/23/1988||22-18||4th||-5||at Seattle Mariners||L||14-3||Oil Can Boyd||5-3|
|05/24/1988||22-19||4th||-6||at Seattle Mariners||L||14-1||Mike Smithson||0-1|
|05/25/1988||23-19||4th||-6||at Seattle Mariners||W||4-0||Roger Clemens||7-2|
|05/27/1988||23-20||4th||-7||at Oakland Athletics||L||3-2||Bruce Hurst||6-2|
|05/28/1988||23-21||4th||-7||at Oakland Athletics||L||7-5||Dennis Lamp||1-1|
|05/29/1988||23-22||5th||-8||at Oakland Athletics||L||6-4||Jeff Sellers||0-5|
|05/30/1988||24-22||5th||-7||at California Angels||W||5-2||Roger Clemens||8-2|
|05/31/1988||25-22||4th||-7||at California Angels||W||4-3||Mike Smithson||1-1|
|06/02/1988||25-23||4th||-7||Toronto Blue Jays||L||5-4||Bruce Hurst||6-3|
|06/03/1988||25-24||5th||-8||Toronto Blue Jays||L||6-3||Oil Can Boyd||5-4|
|06/04/1988||25-25||5th||-8||Toronto Blue Jays||L||10-2||Roger Clemens||8-3|
|06/05/1988||25-26||5th||-9||Toronto Blue Jays||L||12-4||Mike Smithson||1-2|
|06/06/1988||26-26||5th||-8||at New York Yankees||W||3-2||Bruce Hurst||7-3|
|06/07/1988||26-27||5th||-9||at New York Yankees||L||4-3||Oil Can Boyd||5-5|
|06/08/1988||27-27||5th||-8||at New York Yankees||W||4-3||Roger Clemens||9-3|
|06/10/1988||27-28||5th||-8||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||3-0||Jeff Sellers||0-6|
|06/11/1988||27-29||5th||-8||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||4-3||Dennis Lamp||1-2|
|06/12/1988||28-29||5th||-9||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||8-2||Oil Can Boyd||6-5|
|06/13/1988||28-30||5th||-10||New York Yankees||L||12-6||Roger Clemens||9-4|
|06/14/1988||29-30||5th||-9||New York Yankees||W||7-3||Mike Smithson||2-2|
|06/15/1988||30-30||5th||-8||New York Yankees||W||8-3||Bruce Hurst||8-1|
|06/16/1988||30-31||5th||-8 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||8-4||John Trautwein||0-1|
|06/17/1988||30-32||5th||-8 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||3-2||Dennis Lamp||1-3|
|06/18/1988||31-32||5th||-8||at Baltimore Orioles||W||5-0||Roger Clemens||10-4|
|06/19/1988||32-32||5th||-7 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||15-7||Wes Gardner||1-1|
|06/20/1988||33-32||5th||-7||at Cleveland Indians||W||14-7||Bruce Hurst||9-3|
|06/21/1988||34-32||4th||-7||at Cleveland Indians||W||10-6||Bob Stanley||2-0|
|06/22/1988||34-33||4th||-8||at Cleveland Indians||L||3-1||Oil Can Boyd||6-6|
|06/24/1988||34-34||5th||-8||Baltimore Orioles||L||6-2||Roger Clemens||10-5|
|06/25/1988||35-34||4th||-8||Baltimore Orioles||W||10-3||Bob Stanley||3-0|
|06/26/1988||36-34||4th||-7||Baltimore Orioles||W||10-1||Mike Smithson||3-2|
|06/27/1988||37-34||4th||-7||Cleveland Indians||W||9-5||Dennis Lamp||2-3|
|06/28/1988||38-34||4th||-7||Cleveland Indians||W||6-1||Wes Gardner||2-1|
|06/29/1988||39-34||3rd||-6||Cleveland Indians||W||5-1||Roger Clemens||11-5|
|07/01/1988||39-35||3rd||-7||at Kansas City Royals||L||8-7||Steve Ellsworth||1-6|
|07/02/1988||39-36||4th||-8||at Kansas City Royals||L||3-1||Oil Can Boyd||6-7|
|07/03/1988||39-37||4th||-8||at Kansas City Royals||L||3-2||Lee Smith||2-3|
|07/04/1988||40-37||3rd||-8||at Kansas City Royals||W||9-2||Roger Clemens||12-5|
|07/05/1988||40-38||4th||-8||at Minnesota Twins||L||6-4||Lee Smith||2-4|
|07/06/1988||40-39||4th||-9||at Minnesota Twins||L||8-1||Bruce Hurst||9-4|
|07/07/1988||41-39||4th||-9||at Minnesota Twins||W||4-3||Oil Can Boyd||7-7|
|07/08/1988||41-40||4th||-9||at Chicago White Sox||L||6-5||Mike Smithson||3-3|
|42-40||4th||-8 1/2||W||10-7||Dennis Lamp||3-3|
|07/09/1988||42-41||4th||-9 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||8-7||Tom Bolton||0-1|
|07/10/1988||43-42||4th||-9||at Chicago White Sox||L||4-1||Steve Curry||0-1|
|07/11/1988||All Star Game Break|
|07/14/1988||43-42||4th||-8 1/2||Kansas City Royals||pp||
|07/15/1988||44-42||3rd||-7 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||3-1||Roger Clemens||13-5|
|07/16/1988||46-42||3rd||-7||Kansas City Royals||W||7-6||Lee Smith||4-4|
|07/17/1988||47-42||3rd||-6||Kansas City Royals||W||10-8||Wes Gardner||3-1|
|07/18/1988||48-42||3rd||-6||Minnesota Twins||W||6-5||Dennis Lamp||4-3|
|07/19/1988||49-42||3rd||-5||Minnesota Twins||W||5-0||Mike Smithson||5-3|
|07/20/1988||50-42||3rd||-5||Minnesota Twins||W||9-7||Tom Bolton||1-1|
|07/21/1988||51-42||3rd||-4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||6-1||Oil Can Boyd||8-7|
|07/22/1988||52-42||3rd||-3 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||4-3||Wes Gardner||4-1|
|07/23/1988||53-42||3rd||-2 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||11-5||Mike Smithson||6-3|
|07/24/1988||54-42||3rd||-1 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||3-2||Bruce Hurst||10-4|
|07/25/1988||55-42||3rd||-1 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||2-0||Roger Clemens||14-5|
|07/26/1988||55-43||3rd||-2 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||9-8||Tom Bolton||1-2|
|07/27/1988||56-43||3rd||-2 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||10-7||Bob Stanley||4-0|
|07/29/1988||57-43||3rd||-2 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||6-4||Bruce Hurst||11-4|
|58-43||3rd||-1 1/2||W||5-4||Dennis Lamp||5-3|
|07/30/1988||59-43||3rd||-1 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||3-2||Roger Clemens||15-5|
|07/31/1988||60-43||3rd||-1 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-0||Mike Boddicker||7-12|
|08/02/1988||61-43||2nd||-1||Texas Rangers||W||7-2||Wes Gardner||5-1|
|08/03/1988||62-43||1st||-||Texas Rangers||W||5-4||Dennis Lamp||6-3|
|08/04/1988||62-44||2nd||-1||at Detroit Tigers||L||11-6||Roger Clemens||15-6|
|08/05/1988||62-45||2nd||-2||at Detroit Tigers||L||3-1||Bob Stanley||4-1|
|08/06/1988||62-47||2nd||-4||at Detroit Tigers||L||4-2||Wes Gardner||5-2|
|08/07/1988||63-47||2nd||-3||at Detroit Tigers||W||3-0||Bruce Hurst||12-4|
|08/09/1988||63-48||2nd||-3 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||3-2||Roger Clemens||15-7|
|08/10/1988||64-49||2nd||-4||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||8-3||Mike Smithson||6-4|
|08/11/1988||65-49||2nd||-4 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||4-0||Wes Gardner||5-3|
|08/12/1988||66-49||2nd||-3 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||9-4||Bruce Hurst||13-4|
|08/13/1988||67-49||2nd||-2 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||16-4||Mike Boddicker||9-13|
|08/14/1988||67-50||2nd||-3 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||18-6||Roger Clemens||15-8|
|08/16/1988||67-51||2nd||-3||Seattle Mariners||L||7-0||Wes Gardner||5-4|
|08/17/1988||68-51||2nd||-2||Seattle Mariners||W||7-2||Bruce Hurst||14-4|
|08/18/1988||68-52||2nd||-3||Seattle Mariners||L||6-1||Mike Boddicker||9-14|
|08/19/1988||69-52||2nd||-3||Oakland Athletics||W||7-6||Bob Stanley||5-1|
|08/20/1988||69-53||2nd||-3||Oakland Athletics||W||7-5||Jeff Sellers||1-6|
|08/21/1988||69-54||2nd||-4||Oakland Athletics||L||5-4||Bob Stanley||5-2|
|08/22/1988||70-54||2nd||-3||California Angels||W||6-2||Bruce Hurst||15-4|
|08/23/1988||71-54||2nd||-2||California Angels||W||10-2||Mike Boddicker||10-14|
|08/24/1988||71-55||2nd||-2||California Angels||L||4-3||Roger Clemens||15-9|
|08/26/1988||72-55||2nd||-2||at Seattle Mariners||W||5-3||Oil Can Boyd||9-7|
|08/27/1988||72-56||2nd||-2||at Seattle Mariners||L||8-6||Tom Bolton||1-3|
|08/28/1988||73-56||2nd||-1||at Seattle Mariners||W||7-2||Bruce Hurst||16-4|
|08/29/1988||73-57||2nd||-1||at Oakland Athletics||L||3-1||Mike Boddicker||10-15|
|08/30/1988||73-58||2nd||-1||at Oakland Athletics||L||1-0||Roger Clemens||15-10|
|08/31/1988||73-59||2nd||-2||at Oakland Athletics||L||7-2||Mike Smithson||6-5|
|09/01/1988||74-59||2nd||-1||at California Angels||W||4-2||Wes Gardner||6-4|
|09/02/1988||74-60||2nd||-1||at California Angels||L||3-2||Bruce Hurst||16-5|
|09/03/1988||75-61||2nd||-1||at California Angels||L||2-1||Dennis Lamp||6-4|
|09/04/1988||75-61||1st||-||at California Angels||W||6-5||Bob Stanley||6-2|
|09/05/1988||76-61||1st||+1||at Baltimore Orioles||W||4-1||Mike Smithson||7-5|
|09/06/1988||77-61||1st||+2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-1||Wes Gardner||7-4|
|09/07/1988||77-62||1st||+1||at Baltimore Orioles||L||4-3||Bob Stanley||6-3|
|09/09/1988||78-62||1st||+2 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||7-4||Mike Boddicker||11-15|
|09/10/1988||79-62||1st||+3 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||6-0||Roger Clemens||16-10|
|09/11/1988||79-63||1st||+3 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||4-2||Bob Stanley||6-4|
|09/12/1988||80-63||1st||+3 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-1||Bruce Hurst||17-5|
|09/13/1988||81-63||1st||+4 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-4||Mike Smithson||8-5|
|09/14/1988||82-63||1st||+4 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-3||Mike Boddicker||12-15|
|09/15/1988||82-64||1st||+3 1/2||New York Yankees||L||5-3||Roger Clemens||16-1|
|09/16/1988||83-64||1st||+4 1/2||New York Yankees||W||7-4||Wes Gardner||8-4|
|09/17/1988||84-64||1st||+5 1/2||New York Yankees||W||3-1||Bruce Hurst||18-5|
|09/18/1988||85-64||1st||+6||New York Yankees||W||9-4||Mike Smithson||9-5|
|09/19/1988||85-65||1st||+5||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||5-4||Dennis Lamp||6-5|
|09/20/1988||86-65||1st||+5||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||13-2||Roger Clemens||17-11|
|09/21/1988||86-56||1st||+4||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||1-0||Wes Gardner||8-5|
|09/23/1988||87-56||1st||+5||at New York Yankees||W||10-9||Dennis Lamp||7-5|
|09/24/1988||87-57||1st||+4 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||5-4||Lee Smith||4-5|
|09/25/1988||88-57||1st||+4 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||6-0||Roger Clemens||18-11|
|09/26/1988||88-68||1st||+3 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||11-1||Wes Gardner||8-6|
|09/27/1988||88-69||1st||+3 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||15-9||Mike Smithson||9-6|
|09/28/1988||88-70||1st||+2 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||1-0||Bruce Hurst||18-6|
|09/29/1988||89-70||1st||+3||at Cleveland Indians||W||12-0||Mike Boddicker||13-15|
|09/30/1988||89-71||1st||+3||at Cleveland Indians||L||4-2||Roger Clemens||18-12|
|10/01/1988||89-72||1st||+2||at Cleveland Indians||L||1-0||Jeff Sellers||1-7|
|10/02/1988||89-73||1st||+1||at Cleveland Indians||L||6-5||Dennis Lamp||7-6|
|THE A.L. CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES|
|10/05/1988||0-1||Game #1||Oakland Athletics||L||2-1||Bruce Hurst||0-1|
|10/06/1988||0-2||Game #2||Oakland Athletics||L||4-3||Lee Smith||0-1|
|10/08/1988||0-3||Game #3||at Oakland Athletics||L||10-6||Mike Boddicker||0-1|
|10/09/1988||0-4||Game #4||at Oakland Athletics||L||4-1||Bruce Hurst||0-2|
|1988 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|