Dwight Evans hits a game winner in the 10th

April 26, 1989 ... The Sons of Joe Morgan beat the White Sox, 5-4, in overtime, winning on Dwight Evans' 10th-inning, bases-loaded, one-out single off reliever Barry Jones. It was a strange game in which the teams banged 14 hits and scored eight runs in the first three innings, then went eyeball to eyeball for 6 1/2 frames before the White Sox finally blinked.

The Red Sox got seven serviceable innings from Oil Can Boyd (seven hits, four runs, no quotes), then turned it over to the bullpen gang. Rob Murphy and Bob Stanley (1-1) did their jobs, and the Red Sox rallied against Jones in the bottom of the 10th.

Marty Barrett (.308) led off with a single to left. A diving Daryl Boston almost made a sensational catch on the flare, but the ball popped out of his glove when he hit the ground. Barrett took second when Mike Greenwell (three hits, .351) was barely hit by a pitch. The ball grazed Greenwell's abdomen, but the outfielder commenced yelling at Jones. Jones yelled back, and that was that. Jim Rice was next. Two innings earlier, Jones fanned Rice, Evans and Nick Esasky with a man in scoring position. Rice protected the plate and hit an unplayable chopper to the right of the mound to load the bases. The last stroke of good luck came off Evans' bat. He hit the first pitch up the middle, and old friend Steve Lyons (playing second) went to his right and got a glove on the ball, but couldn't handle it. Ballgame.

The rest of the action took place in the first three innings. Boyd was roughed up early, and Jerry Reuss didn't make it out of the third.

The Red Sox struck in the first. Wade Boggs snapped out of a 3-for-23 slump with a leadoff single up the middle, then took second on a single to left by Barrett. Boggs took third on a force play and scored on a single to right by Greenwell. Ellis Burks took third on Greenwell's hit and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Rice (team-leading 14th RBI).

The Can got the ball up in the second, and it cost him. Ivan Calderon hit a one-out double down the left-field line, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Boyd couldn't catch Matt (grandson of Lennie) Merullo's liner back to the mound. Lyons forced Merullo with a grounder to second.

Things took a turn for the worse when Boyd walked No. 9 hitter Eddie Williams on a 3-1 pitch. Williams went to the same high school as Ted Williams (Hoover in San Diego), but was not a threat in that situation. Ozzie Guillen followed with a single to right. Lyons held at third (coach Ron Clark got Harold Baines thrown out in the first). Taking a strong throw from Evans, catcher Rich Gedman could have nailed Guillen rounding first, but was not alert. Dave Gallagher followed with a two-run single to left, and pitching coach Bill Fischer made a trip to the mound. Dennis Lamp was throwing in the pen. When Boyd fell behind Baines, 2-0, it seemed he was facing his last batter. Baines hit a couple of fouls, then grounded back to the box.

Ron Kittle made it 4-2 with a leadoff moon shot into the net in the third. Boston (the Red Sox, not Daryl) answered with two in the bottom of the third. Burks led off with a walk, took third on another single to right by Greenwell and scored on a single to left by Evans. Esasky banged a double off the wall, scoring Greenwell and sending the 39-year-old Reuss to the showers. Fellow lefty Steve Rosenberg replaced him and proceeded to mow down 14 straight hitters.

Boyd found himself in the middle innings. Gedman threw out Lyons attempting to steal second in the fourth, and a double play killed Chicago in the fifth. The sixth was The Can's first 1-2-3 inning.

The combustible righty set the White Sox down in order again in the seventh, but he walked Gallagher on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth. Morgan was out of the dugout immediately, and The Can could be seen yelling on the mound. Morgan ("Can was just angry at himself") didn't argue with his pitcher, he merely summoned lefty Murphy. Boyd, who had thrown 102 pitches, lowering his ERA to 5.91, left the mound without incident, tipped his cap and accepted congratulations from his teammates in the dugout.

Murphy went to work. Daryl Boston (playing for Baines, who jammed his knee sliding earlier in the game) bunted Gallagher to second, Kittle was intentionally walked and Greg Walker flied deep to left.

Stanley was brought in to face Calderon and walked the outfielder to load the bases. Merullo lined to second to end the threat. Stanley got the White Sox in order in the ninth and 10th.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

5

11

0

 

 

W-Bob Stanley (1-1)
L-Barry Jones (1-2)
Attendance - 22,948

 2B-Kittle (Chi), Calderon (Chi), Esasky (2)(Bost)

 HR-Kittle (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 1 1 .308  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 5 1 2 .315  

 

Ellis Burks cf 4 2 0 .301  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 4 1 3 .351  

 

Jim Rice dh 4 0 1 .311  

 

Dwight Evans rf 5 0 2 .297  

 

Nick Esasky 1b 4 0 2 .308  

 

Jody Reed ss 3 0 0 .216  

 

Danny Heep ph 1 0 0 .167  

 

Ed Romero ss 0 0 0 .333  

 

Rich Gedman c 4 0 0 .170  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Oil Can Boyd 7 9 4 2 3  

 

Rob Murphy 0.2 0 0 1 0  

 

Bob Stanley 2.1 0 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1989 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

11 9 -

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

10 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

9

9

1

 

 

New York Yankees

8 12 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers

7 11 3

 

 

Cleveland Indians

7 12 3 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

8 13 3 1/2