The Sox whittle away and
bring one home
23, 1989 ... Backed by Rob Murphy's sparkling
2 2/3 innings of shutout relief, the Sox rallied from a 4-0 deficit
and hung a 6-5 defeat on the Seattle Mariners with Dwight Evans'
run-scoring single in the ninth.
were down, 4-0, by the second inning and Mariners starter Bill Swift had matters
in control. Murphy arrived with the Mariner lead up to 5-2, thanks mostly to
Jeffrey Leonard's first-inning three-run homer, and Sox starter John Dopson
ushered to the showers by Omar Vizquel's leadoff triple. The lefthanded reliever
promptly yielded a walk to Harold Reynolds, but then set down Henry Cotto (K),
Darnell Coles (pop to third) and Leonard (K) to keep the three-run deficit
So it did.
In the bottom of the seventh, after Jim Rice led off with a walk, Nick Esasky
sent a 1-0 pitch into the net to cut the lead to 5-4. Esasky, in fact, scored
both of the Sox' previous runs, each time coming around after his singles.
went back out in the eighth, now in a one-run game, and fanned Ken Griffey Jr.
for starters. He gave up a single to Jim Presley, put Greg Briley away on a fly,
and then fanned Dave Valle to end it. In the bottom of the eighth, Evans knocked
in the tying run (5-5) with a double to right-center off Jerry Reed (3-3).
ninth, Murphy started this time with a tie, got two quick outs, and then watched
Cotto beat out a grounder to Jody Reed at short. Before a stunned crowd of
28,069, Morgan strolled out of the dugout and immediately signaled for Lee Smith
to take over for Murphy. Smith (2-1) came in and retired Coles on two pitches.
easily done as said. Now it was Jerry Reed's turn to work with the tie. He was
met with a deep Wade Boggs fly to left-center, right up against the 379-foot
marker, that Griffey ran down with a Fred Lynn-like grab at the base of the
wall. Marty Barrett followed with a meager pop and overtime was only one out
Ellis Burks hit a double to right and Reed, not wanting to be beaten by Mike
Greenwell's power, issued the Sox left fielder an intentional pass. Up came
Evans, who teed off on Reed's first pitch and Burks easily motored around from
second for the victory.
On the verge of going three games under .500 for the first
time since May 12 (2-5), the Sox instead were back in the good graces of the
Fenway Faithful. In a little more than three hours, there was despair, the
opportunity to marvel over Murphy and even the rare chance to put the boot to