Bob Stanley emerges as the hero of the night

July 31, 1989 ... Bob Stanley returned from exile, pitched 3 2/3 innings and became the winning pitcher in Boston's 9-6 victory over the crumbling Baltimore Orioles before 33,826 at Fenway Park.

Stanley (3-2) had not pitched in two weeks. His reemergence carried a night in which the Sox, this time minus Mike Greenwell, had 13 hits, including six doubles, and scored their most runs of the second half to date. Dwight Evans led off a six-run second with his 13th homer. Lee Smith got his first save since July 14. The Orioles committed four errors for the first time this season.

The fifth inning summed up the night for both the Orioles and Stanley (3-2), who gave up three hits, allowed a run and struck out three in relief of Eric Hetzel (3 1/3, eight hits, five runs), who again buckled under the weight of a large lead. With a run already in and runners on first and second, second baseman Billy Ripken bunted with two strikes.

The ball rolled up the third base line and rolled foul at the last minute for strike three. The next batter, Brady Anderson, sent a hit-and-run ground ball to second baseman Jody Reed, but Worthington, on first, failed to break, and Reed tagged out the runner and completed the double play.

The Red Sox' second-inning rally actually started with a defensive play. With runners on first and second and the Orioles holding a 1-0 lead, Phil Bradley hit a shallow fly ball that was fading quickly when Evans made a sliding catch.

As it would turn out, Evans was the first batter of the inning. Bob Milacki threw him one pitch, and Evans smoked it onto Lansdowne Street, his 13th homer of the season. Esasky hit a chopping but routine ground ball to Worthington, who has 15 errors, and this time he short-hopped the throw to Randy Milligan, who was unable to make the scoop. Esasky ended up at second and, after Jim Rice lined out to left, the Sox hacked away. Luis Rivera drove in a run with a double. Rick Cerone drove in another with a single to left. Wade Boggs slashed a double into the left-center-field gap, moving Cerone to third, and Jody Reed drove in Cerone with a single. Boggs scored on Kevin Romine's ground ball, and Reed scored on Danny Heep's single. That was all for Milacki.

The inning gave the Sox a 6-1 lead, but Hetzel gave up a home run inside the right-field foul pole to Joe Orsulak (No. 3) in the second, allowed two more runs on a Keith Moreland homer and couldn't make it out of the fourth. In that inning, he walked Billy Ripken, walked Brady Anderson and gave up a single to Bradley, loading the bases for Cal Ripken. Ripken lined a single to left and the call went to Stanley.

As he jogged in grimly, boos the magnitude of golf-ball-sized hail pelted him. The din continued as he started to warm up, and it subsided only after he retired the first batter, Mickey Tettleton, on a run-scoring ground ball. Moreland lined to left, ending the inning.

Boggs led off the bottom of the fourth with another gap double to left-center. He moved to third on Reed's ground ball, and scored on Romine's fly.

Stanley walked the first batter of the fifth, and it led to another run. Milligan followed with a hard single. With runners on first and second and corners drawn in for the bunt, Worthington crushed a single past Boggs. Billy Ripken, bunted with two strikes. The ball rolled up the third-base line. It swerved foul and was picked up by Boggs. Orioles manager Frank Robinson put on the hit-and-run for the next batter, Anderson. He hit a ground ball to Reed. Worthington tried to stop to prevent the double play, but Reed chased him down, tagged him and threw to first, ending the inning.

The Sox added another unearned run in the fifth. Evans led off with a single. One out later he was forced at second by Rice, but Rivera hit a single to right, and Orsulak bobbled the ball, allowing Rice to take the base.

Robinson brought in righthander Dave Schmidt, but Cerone hit a single to center, scoring Rice for an 8-6 lead.

Baltimore has held first place in the AL East for 67 consecutive days, but the team has lost 11 of its last 12 games, 10 of 11 on its Losing to America tour. The O's have started scoring runs, but their much-admired defense is suffering.

 

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

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

6

11

4

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

6

0

1

1

0

1

0

x

 

 

9

13

0

 

 

W-Bob Stanley (3-2)
S-Lee Smith (14)
L-Bob Milacki (5-9)
Attendance - 33,826

 2B-Rivera (2)(Bost), Boggs (2)(Bost), Heep (Bost),
 Ripken (Balt), Tettleton (Balt)

 HR-Evans (Bost), Orsulak (Balt), Moreland (Balt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 2 2 .331  

 

Jody Reed ss 5 1 2 .264  

 

Kevin Romine cf 4 0 0 .314  

 

Danny Heep lf 4 0 2 .318  

 

Randy Kutcher pr/lf 1 0 0 .220  

 

Dwight Evans rf 4 1 2 .272  

 

Nick Esasky 1b 3 1 0 .260  

 

Jim Rice dh 5 1 0 .236  

 

Luis Rivera ss 4 2 3 .280  

 

Rick Cerone c 4 1 2 .268  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Eric Hetzel 3.1 8 5 3 2  

 

Bob Stanley 3.2 3 1 1 3  

 

Lee Smith 2 0 0 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1989 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

54 49 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

50

51

3

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

52 53 3

 

 

Cleveland Indians

51 53 3 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

51 54 4

 

 

New York Yankees

49 55 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

36 67 18