THE SUMMER OF "MORGAN'S MAGIC" ...
Greenwell hit for the cycle to help Boddicker

September 14, 1988 ... 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. Facing his former colleagues for the first time, the 31-year-old veteran dealt the Orioles a dose of vintage Boddicker.

After falling behind, 2-0, Boddicker recovered, lasting seven innings, while the Red Sox offense did the rest with a 10-hit attack sparked by Mike Greenwell's single, double, triple and homer for the 17th cycle in club history. Lee Smith worked the ninth for his 26th save.

By the time Boddicker, who allowed six hits, left in favor of reliever Dennis Lamp, the Red Sox were in the driver's seat, and the resourceful starter had done his job again. Although he is only 12-15 overall, Boddicker owns a 6-3 record with the Sox, and only once in his 10 Boston starts has he failed to make it to the sixth inning.

Boddicker got his wakeup call as the Orioles were parlaying two walks and two singles into their 2-0 second-inning lead. His teammates got theirs at about the same time, and no one answered more emphatically than Greenwell, who scored three runs.

In the bottom of the second, Greenwell slammed his 21st homer of the year, victimizing Orioles rookie Jose Bautista (6-14) and cutting the margin to 2-1. 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 feat and earning a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful.

Still, the Sox didn't exactly breeze to their eighth series sweep of the season. Boddicker fell into a hole in the second when he issued one-out walks to Larry Sheets and Mickey Tettleton, surrendered a single to Jim Traber that loaded the bases, then allowed a two-run single to Rick Schu. But he prevented further damage by striking out Billy Ripken and getting Joe Orsulak on a grounder to second.

Then Greenwell went to work. After unloading on Bautista in the second, the Sox cleanup batter opened the fourth with a ground-rule double to right. He moved to third on a single past third by Ellis Burks. After Burks stole second, Jim Rice drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center. Only a leaping stab by Brady Anderson kept the liner from being an extra-base hit. The Sox took a 3-2 lead when Larry Parrish singled sharply off the glove of Schu at third. While Schu was retrieving the ball, Burks scored from second.

But Boddicker could not shut down his former teammates, who tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth. Anderson doubled with one out and moved to third when Marty Barrett committed the first Red Sox error in 85 innings. When Eddie Murray hit a sacrifice fly to right, Anderson scored and the game was tied, 3-3.

But in the sixth, Greenwell, who registered the first Sox cycle since Rich Gedman on Sept. 18, 1985, launched the decisive rally. Greenwell's triple was due mainly to the shoddy footwork of Orioles left fielder Sheets. Greenwell hit a high drive toward the 379-foot sign that should have been caught. Sheets never did quite get under it, and Anderson never got close enough to back him up.

The Sox maintained their healthy American League East lead, staying 4 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees, with Detroit and Milwaukee 5 1/2 in arrears.

 

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

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

2

0

1

0

0

x

 

 

4

10

1

 

 

W-Mike Boddicker (12-15)
S-Lee Smith (26)
L-Jose Bautista (6-14)
Attendance - 32,475

 2B-Anderson (Balt), Greenwell (Bost), Parrish (Bost)

 3B-Greenwell (Bost)

 HR-Greenwell (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 0 0 .359  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 4 0 1 .278  

 

Dwight Evans rf 4 0 0 .300  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 4 3 4 .339  

 

Ellis Burks cf 2 1 1 .300  

 

Jim Rice dh 3 0 0 .269  

 

Larry Parrish 1b 3 0 2 .218  

 

Todd Benzinger 1b 1 0 1 .262  

 

Jody Reed 2b 3 0 0 .301  

 

Rich Gedman c 3 0 1 .227  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mike Boddicker 7 6 2 2 5  

 

Dennis Lamp 1 2 0 0 1  

 

Lee Smith 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1988 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

82

63

-

 

 

New York Yankees

77 67 4 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

77 69 5 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

78 70 5 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

74 72 8 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

70 75 12

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

51 93 30 1/2