Nick Esasky leads the Sox
a sweep of the Twins
24, 1989 ... The Red Sox won two, once by day,
6-2, and again by night, 11-2. In a matter of a little more than
eight hours and 21 hits, the hometown team dropped a couple of losses
on the Minnesota Twins at Fenway.
nightcap, after Dwight Evans' three RBIs sparked the Game 1 win, the Sox
completed their first doubleheader sweep of the year with some clutch hitting
from the fourth inning through the seventh. They rallied from a 1-0 deficit and
pummeled Twins pitching for all 11 runs on nine hits across the four innings.
biggest of the bashes came from Nick Esasky, who ended Boston's longest home run
drought in 15 years with a three-run blast over The Wall in the sixth. The
drive, Esasky's 11th homer, put the Sox on top, 9-2, and there was virtually
nothing left for the Twins to do but use infielder John Moses as a relief
pitcher in the eighth. He ended up among their best pitchers all day.
was thinking about the quick hook in the fifth inning of Game 2, when he pulled
starter Wes Gardner in favor of Smithson. Gardner had collected six strikeouts
over the first four innings and the one Minnesota run came on a walk, a stolen
base and a wild pitch. But in the fifth, the hard-throwing Gardner's fastball
slowed down and Morgan yanked him after he walked Randy Bush and Gene Larkin.
steamrolled over his former Twin teammates, while the Sox turned into the East
Coast version of the Bash Brothers. By the end of the seventh, the Sox were in
command, 11-1, and the friendly righthander had weaved his way through his old
buddies by allowing only one hit in his four-inning stint.
Esasky's clout, the Sox got it going in the fourth off starter Fred Toliver
(1-3). Esasky tied it, 1-1, with a run-scoring double and Rick Cerone knocked in
the winner with a Wall double. In the fifth, Mike Greenwell rocketed a two-run
double to jump it to 4-1 and both Greenwell and Dwight Evans drove in runs
before Esasky launched his big shot into the screen.
humiliating 10-0 loss to the Twins Friday, and more acreage opening up between
themselves and the Orioles, the Sox came into the opener as low as they'd been
all year. But John Dopson (7-5) pitched seven-plus strong innings and Evans
picked up three RBIs with clutch doubles in the fifth and sixth for the 6-2
front of 33,346, gave up only two hits in the first three innings and was
working with a 3-0 lead by the fifth. Kevin Romine knocked in the first run in
the fourth with a single and Evans rapped out his first double in the fifth.
fifth inning, the Sox knocked out starter Francisco Oliveras, had an Evans'
homer ruled a double and pushed the Twins down far enough to put away the
drew his second walk in three trips to the plate and promptly moved to third on
Greenwell's single to right. Juan Berenguer came in to face Evans and tried to
blow a 1-2 pitch by the veteran. No chance. Evans ripped what should have been
his 11th homer over The Wall and watched it smack hard and flush against one of
the metal stanchions that support the net.
everyone in the ballpark knew it was a homer. The boys in the Sox bullpen jumped
up, led by Bob Stanley, signaling homer. The replay showed it for certain. But
Evans was left at second with a stand-up double with both Boggs and Greenwell
across the plate for the 3-0 lead.
added another pair of runs in the sixth, the same inning the Twins finally put a
run across against Dopson. Dan Gladden opened the inning with a homer into the
screen on Dopson's 2-1 offering, cutting it to 3-1. But in the bottom half,
unlike many times this year, the Sox responded with another offensive surge to
secure the win.
out, after Jody Reed led off the inning with a walk, Boggs hit a run-scoring
single to center after Reed had stolen second base. Greenwell again followed
with a key hit, a double to right, bringing Boggs around from first. And it was
bye-bye Berenguer when Evans tagged a warning-track double to left to jump the
lead to 6-1.
The Twins gave Dopson no trouble in the seventh and it
looked as though he might go the distance for the first time this year. But in
the eighth, former Met Wally Backman led off with a homer and Gladden followed
with a Wall double. Morgan came out with the hook and Murphy came in with the
rope. Two fly balls and a strikeout (Gary Gaetti) finished the eighth. In the
ninth, after a walk to Al Newman and a Larkin single, Murphy ended it by fanning
Backman. Games over.