Marty Barrett knocks in the game winner
in the 10th inning

May 29, 1989 ... Marty Barrett poked a Bob Welch 2-2 fastball into right field with one out in the 10th inning and delivered pinch runner Randy Kutcher from second base for a 3-2 victory over the Oakland A's at Fenway Park.

Another major part of the victory was the standout pitching of Mike Boddicker, who went nine innings (two runs, six hits) for only the second time in a Red Sox uniform but wasn't around to pick up the victory. That was left for Lee Smith (3-1), who took over in the top of the 10th and set down three straight.

Welch (6-4) put down the foundation of his loss by walking Rich Gedman to lead off the 10th. Manager Joe Morgan sent Kutcher out to pinch run for the Sox catcher and then watched Jody Reed move the winning run to second on a sacrifice bunt. Up to the plate came Barrett, who had been a dormant 0 for 4 (reached on an error, grounded out and flied out twice).

Welch went to 2-2 and tried to move Barrett off the plate with a heater, high and inside. Bailing out, Barrett heard the ball bounce foul off his bat, a big break considering it was within an inch or two of cracking off his head. Back in the box, looking to drive something behind Kutcher at second, Barrett got his pitch.

For his part, Boddicker regularly put down the Athletics, who've all but held a mortgage against the Sox in recent years. Boddicker gave up only four hits in the first six innings, burned only by Terry Steinbach's solo homer to lead off the second. In the seventh, a single, double and intentional pass (Boddicker's only walk) loaded the bases for Oakland, and Mike Gallego's near-DP grounder brought in Ron Hassey with the go-ahead (2-1) run.

The Sox, however, never trailed for more than an out or two all night. In the second, after Steinbach's homer, they knotted it, 1-1, when Nick Esasky drilled a single to right to bring in Ellis Burks after the center fielder started the little rally with a Wall double.

In the home half of the seventh, after Gallego's RBI, Esasky pumped his eighth homer of the year to straightaway center for the 2-2 tie.

In the 10th, Kutcher moved up when Reed put down his textbook roller just up the first-base line. The Oakland outfield moved in, looking exactly for the type of hit Barrett muscled to Stan Javier in right. Kutcher just kept wheeling, waved home by Rac Slider and opting for a bellyflop slide as catcher Hassey went for the throw. Hassey caught the ball and tried sweeping it around his right hip to make a sort of back-door tag.

Barrett signed a two-year contract extension with a club option for 1992. His signing ended months of negotiating with general manager Lou Gorman.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

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OAKLAND ATHLETICS

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

2

6

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

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W-Lee Smith (3-1)
L-Bob Welch (6-4)
Attendance - 33,344

 2B-Burks (2)(Bost), Horn (Bost),
 Hassey (Oak), Blankenship (Oak)

 HR-Esasky (Bost), Steinbach (Oak)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Jody Reed ss 4 0 0 .264  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 5 0 1 .262  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 0 0 .294  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 3 0 0 .307  

 

Dwight Evans rf 4 0 0 .282  

 

Ellis Burks cf 4 1 2 .287  

 

Sam Horn dh 4 0 1 .094  

 

Nick Esasky 1b 4 1 2 .256  

 

Rich Gedman c 1 0 0 .213  

 

Randy Kutcher pr 0 1 0 .250  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mike Boddicker 9 6 2 1 4  

 

Lee Smith 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1989 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

24 22 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

23

23

1

 

 

Cleveland Indians

23 26 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

22 26 3

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

21 27 4

 

 

Detroit Tigers

20 28 5

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

20 29 5 1/2