1990 BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE SOX WIN THE AL EAST IN SPECTACULAR FASHION,
BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT ...

 

Tony Conigliaro   Doc Cramer   Earl Torgeson   Wally Moses
Died: Feb 24th   Died: Sept 9th   Died: Nov 8th   Died: Oct 10th
Matt Barnes   Jackie Bradley Jr   Travis Shaw   Christian Vazquez
Born: June 7th   Born: April 19th   Born: April 16th   Born: Aug 21st

 

Expectations were low for the 1990 Red Sox. The team continue to shed reminders of the 1986 World Series by signing free agent catcher Tony Pena. Firstbaseman Nick Esasky also left for Atlanta as a free agent, which allowed the team to sign closer Jeff Reardon, making Lee Smith expendable. He was sent to St. Louis for outfielder Tom Brunansky, and surprisingly enough Bill Buckner was given a tryout and made the club.

TONY PENA

The 1990 Red Sox intimidated nobody and apart from Roger Clemens, hardly a man on the team played to is expected level. Dwight Evans showed his age and leftfielder Mike Greenwell, who once appeared ready to fulfill the tradition of Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice in left field, was exposed for what he was, a good Fenway Park hitter, but a defensive liability. New firstbaseman Carlos Quintana provided very little power and Wade Boggs slumped to .302, his lowest batting average since reaching the big leagues. Ellis Burks, who had 89 RBIs and led the offense, continued to play as a very good, but not great, player, and rightfielder Tom Brunansky helped the outfield, but was declining in his skills.

Roger Clemens was fabulous and accumulated a 21-6 record with an ERA of 1.93, finishing second in the AL Cy Young voting to Bob Welch of the A's.  Mike Boddicker won 17 games and the other starters all had career years. It was the Red Sox pitching that kept them in the race, even surviving the loss of Reardon to back surgery during the year.

The 1990 season started with a lockout. It was the seventh work stoppage in baseball since 1972. Beginning in February, it lasted 32 days and as a result, virtually wiped out all of spring training.  Opening Day was moved back a week to April 9th. In addition to this, the season had to be extended by three days in order to accommodate the normal 162-game schedule.

The Sox finally started the season at Fenway by winning 3 of 4 from the Detroit Tigers. On April 11th, Dwight Evans homered in the fifth inning and singled home the winning run in the 10th. But the Sox played .500 ball and headed on the road.

Then after going 22 innings without scoring, and losing the first two games in Milwaukee, the Red Sox (6-6) carved out four runs on April 22nd with excruciating difficulty. The team's problems hitting in the clutch extended to the 11th inning, when Jody Reed ended that when he blooped an unlikely, two-run single, resulting in a 4-2 victory. The team had 11 hits. But had stranded 12 runners and had three hits in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position. For the season, the Sox were hitting .202 in such situations.

On April 24th, Roger Clemens (4-0) became stronger as a 4-2 victory over the California Angels went on. He gave up four hits and struck out eight before being lifted with one out in the ninth. He had retired 16 consecutive batters. Clemens last won four consecutive games from June 29-July 30 of 1988, the last stretch before it became obvious he was bothered by injuries.

Two days later, on April 26th, Jody Reed hit a game-winning ninth-inning homer for a 5-4 Red Sox win at Fenway Park. It was the ninth inning. It was 4-4. Bryan Harvey had just snaked a called third strike past Wade Boggs for the first out. The next pitch he threw didn't fool Reed. He smashed Harvey's belt-high fastball over the Wall and into the net. His fifth major league homer.

The powerful Oakland A's were 8-0 on the road until April 27th. They had lost neither a series nor consecutive games. The Sox beat them with a two-out, two-run single by Ellis Burks in the bottom of the ninth inning, 7-6.

The next day, the Sox had 10 earned runs and 11 hits in six innings against lefthander Curt Young, the most runs scored against any major league starter this season. Dwight Evans slugged a three-run homer in the first, Wade Boggs hit a two-run homer in the second and a three-run double in the sixth, and by the end of the day, shortstop Jody Reed was 4 for 5 with a double and three RBIs.

In the final game of the series, the Sox lost, 1-0, in a dramatic matchup between Dave Stewart and Roger Clemens that, like most one-run decisions, was filled with critical moments, some influenced by mere chance. Stewart’s biggest break came in the sixth just after Mike Greenwell hit a two-out single to center. Henderson played the ball on the short hop off the wet grass, almost allowing it to get by him. As a result, Greenwell was held to a single, a critical play in hindsight. Dwight Evans next smoked a line drive that sliced away from Henderson. But the ball took one bounce and hopped into the Sox bullpen in right-center field. The A's scored the only run in the first inning, and it essentially was created by Rickey Henderson. He drew a walk, moved to second on a hit-and-run ground ball and scored when third baseman Boggs vacated his spot because Henderson was stealing third.

MIKE BODDICKER

The 11-0 victory over Seattle, on April 30th, included seven shutout innings from Mike Boddicker, bases-loaded two-run singles by Wade Boggs and Jody Reed, a three-run homer from torrid Tony Pena (.403), and nearly flawless defense by the Sox in 38-degree temperatures and rain that became heavy enough to halt the game in the bottom of the seventh. The Sox (11-8) finished April in 2nd place, 1 1/2 games out of first.

On May 9th in Seattle, Roger Clemens won his 100th game, pitching almost an entirely different way. Using finesse, location and flashes of that impossible fastball of four years ago, he beat the Mariners, 4-1, on a four-hitter. It was his first complete-game victory of the season.

After the 6-5 West Coast road trip the Sox returned to Fenway to face the Twins. On May 19th, Tom Brunansky was at the center of a storm that crashed over the Minnesota, hitting two homers and driving in seven runs in a 13-1 victory. The Sox had 20 hits, of which Brunansky had five, and with Clemens pitching a five-hitter through seven innings despite the flu.

In 46-degree temperatures at Fenway Park, on May 21st, the Sox scored three runs in the seventh for a 4-2 victory over the struggling Texas Rangers. Kept within striking distance by Mike Boddicker, who won for the fifth time in five starts, the Sox rallied against three pitchers, finally scoring the go-ahead runs on Wade Boggs' two-run single.

ROGER CLEMENS

It took Roger Clemens 112 pitches and 139 minutes to beat the Kansas City Royals on May 24th, 4-1. He allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked one. It was a performance that served as another indication that, if he was no longer the frightening pitcher who once struck out 20 batters, he nevertheless retained a formidable combination of velocity and accuracy. Clemens had struck out 10 batters just once in 10 starts this season. 

In his next start in Texas, Clemens' had a seven-hit effort over eight innings, in which he threw 128 pitches and struck out eight. Jeff Reardon saved his second straight game, his fifth save of the season, with a perfect ninth that featured a new-found changeup. Clemens, with family and friends on hand, improved to 8-2 with a 2.78 ERA. The win was his 52nd on the road, one more than he'd won at Fenway Park.

The Sox were only 11-14 in the month of May, but only a single game behind the Jays and 1/2 game behind the Brewers. As June started, the Cleveland Indians were one strike away from winning on June 1st. Doug Jones, who had converted a major league-leading 17 of 18 save opportunities, took a 3-2 lead into the ninth. But Tony Pena's triple to right-center scored Randy Kutcher, running for Dwight Evans, who had singled with two outs on a 1-2 count, tying the game. Then Mike Greenwell, dropped from third to seventh in the order, singled under the glove of first baseman Brook Jacoby, scoring Pena as the Sox stole a 4-3 victory.

Roger Clemens was ahead of everyone in winning his seventh straight. He struck out 11 and limited the Indians to two runs and seven hits and walked just one, leading the Red Sox to an emotional 8-2 victory. He improved to 12-2 against Cleveland and his double-figure strikeout effort marked a club record, 40th time he has fanned 10 or more in a game.

On June 4th, Bill Buckner’s Red Sox career finally came to a close. The end was without ceremony. Buckner had an early dinner and went to the ballpark in the afternoon. Morgan called him into his office. Buckner got the handshake and the pink slip. He said he might call some teams, and said he wasn't happy with the way he was utilized by the Sox.

The Sox (26-23), who have been perched on the edge of first for about three weeks, took over the lead by one-half game over Milwaukee and Toronto on June 4th. In this 5-3 victory over the Yankees, the Sox cut down two runs at the plate and scored the winning run on Tom Brunansky's fourth RBI of the game, an eighth-inning double that drove in Ellis Burks.

The next day before, the third game of the series, Yankees manager Bucky Dent was fired. Dozens of cameras caught new manager Stump Merrill's first step onto the field, and Merrill exuded the sense that the team was ready to make a new beginning. The problem was, they ran into Mike Boddicker. Boddicker, who was last defeated on April 25th, got his sixth consecutive victory as the Sox widened their American League East lead to 1 1/ 2 games over Toronto and Milwaukee. He allowed two hits, both in the second inning, then retired 18 of 19 batters.

In the final game, it was a one-hitter by Greg Harris and Jeff Reardon, with the only blemish a fifth-inning single by Jesse Barfield after Harris retired the first 14 batters. The Red Sox swept the Yankees had a season-high five-game win streak and eighth in ten games.

Rich Gedman had made two All-Star teams. He slammed twenty-four homers in 1984 and had a .295 average in 1985. Then came the great collapse. When he became a free agent after 1986, the market was closed. Collusion had reared its ugly head, and only two teams made semi-serious offers. He didn't re-sign with the Sox until May 1st, and his career plummeted thru a combination of injuries, not enough playing time and the never-ending struggle to find his swing. On June 8th he was traded to the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox' notched their seventh straight victory on June 9th, going 10 games above .500 at Fenway Park. The daily heroes included Ellis Burks, who had six RBIs and his eighth homer in an 11-6 victory over the struggling Indians.

But the Sox lost three of their next four and three at Yankee Stadium, falling out of first place. On June 23rd, Dwight Evans belted two homers, one to tie the game in the eighth inning and the other a two-run shot in the 10th, as the Red Sox beat the Orioles, 4-3, at Fenway Park to move back to a half-game out of first place.

The first place Blue Jays came to town for a showdown series that started on June 25th. The Jays had won 15 consecutive games at Fenway. In the first game, Dave Stieb never retired a batter as Mike Greenwell had a four-hit night, knocking in three runs and Jody Reed hit the go-ahead home run. And so, the Red Sox moved into first place for the first time since June 11th after defeating the Toronto, 10-8.

In the second game, on June 26th, Wes Gardner dominated the Blue Jays over six innings en route to a 3-0 Red Sox win. Gardner was supported by a Tom Brunansky RBI double, a two-run homer from Carlos Quintana and a strong effort by Rob Murphy and Jeff Reardon, who picked up his 12th save and second in as many nights.

By the seventh inning of the third game, Red Sox fans were leaving Fenway Park, safe in the notion that their team had the 9-5 victory over the Blue Jays well in hand on June 27th. Mike Boddicker improved to 10-3, going seven innings, allowing all five runs but only three earned. He struck out six as he won for the ninth straight time and remained unbeaten in his last 12 decisions.

The Sox notched a seven-game winning streak and boosted their record in June to 20-7 by sweeping the Jays four straight on June 28th and moving 3 1/2 games ahead of them, topping the AL East. Roger Clemens (12-3) allowed eight hits in eight innings, struck out nine and tied Oakland's Bob Welch for the major league lead in victories.

DWIGHT EVANS

Kevin Romine’s leadoff, ninth-inning home run off lefthander Kenny Rogers, gave the Red Sox a 3-2 win on July 2nd, ending their 11-game homestand with a 9-2 record and boosting their American League East Division lead to 4 1/2 games.

Dwight Evans was the hero again after belting a three-run homer in the ninth off Rick Aguilera as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 4-3, at the Metrodome on July 4th. It was his 10th homer and also marked the third time in the last 12 days that he has given the Sox wins with late-inning homers. But the Sox went on and lost the next four straight going into the All Star Break and saw their AL East lead dwindle to one half game over Toronto.

Along with Ellis Burks and Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs (.307 BA) was elected to start in the All-Star Game for the fifth consecutive season, his sixth appearance overall. He received 1,291,273 votes from people who continue to recognize him as one of the finest hitters in baseball. Boggs was the only Red Sox player who saw action in the game. Ellis Burks was suited up, but not on the official playing roster because of a pulled hamstring, and Clemens, who had complained of a weak arm, was kept out by A.L. manager, Tony La Russa.

As the second half started, Dwight Evans was placed on the disabled list on July 14th because of recurring back problems and a pulled left hamstring. The move came at a time when the Sox were suddenly riddled by injuries. Mike Greenwell was wearing an air cast over his left ankle. And despite having a shutout, Roger Clemens came out a game after seven innings because of his arm. After losing 3 of 4 games to the Royals, the Sox slid back into second place.

Minnesota came to Fenway on July 17th, and Sox hitters grounded into not one, but two triple plays, both 5-4-3, initiated by the Twins' Gary Gaetti. But in spite of that, after being called up to replace Dwight Evans, Tim Naehring watched his star make a meteoric ascent by driving in the game-winning RBI as the Red Sox' won the game, 1-0.

The next night the Red Sox knock into an American League record six double plays and the Twins knock into four more to set a combined major league record for one game.

Roger Clemens' first start after it was learned he has a muscle strain in the back of his right shoulder was a seven-inning, two-run stint against the Royals on July 20th. During the game, he broke Cy Young's team career strikeout record with 1,320. In his next outing, he improved to 13-5 with a league low 2.33 ERA, and showed no signs of the dead arm he had spoken of at the All-Star break. He showed no signs of the muscle strain in the back of the shoulder diagnosed two weeks. He threw predominantly fastballs and ended a four-game losing streak for the Sox against the Brewers in Milwaukee on July 25th. He was now 8-2 after Red Sox losses and 64-17 in his career after a Sox loss. He was the stopper again as he struck out nine and walked just one in recording his first shutout of the year. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters. His only walk was in the sixth to Robin Yount.

Next it was determined that closer, Jeff Reardon had a ruptured disc that would require surgery.

On July 29th, the Sox hit 12 doubles, setting an American League record for one game. It was Carlos Quintana's double to the left-center-field gap in the ninth inning that set the record. The Tigers had established the mark against the New York Yankees on July 14, 1934, in Detroit.

On July 30th Roger Clemens threw 125 lively pitches and surrendered just two hits in the final five innings of a 3-0 victory against the White Sox. He extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings with his second successive shutout. It was the first back-to-back shutouts by a Red Sox pitcher since he blanked Seattle twice in May 1988. He struck out eight, went to three balls only twice (and walked none).

Roger lowered his ERA to 2.14, the lowest in baseball on August 4th. His streak of consecutive scoreless innings, the longest in the majors that season, ended at 26 2/3. He had allowed three earned runs or fewer in 22 of his 24 starts, often pitching with little margin for error. Since June 3rd, Sox batters had failed to score more than four runs for him, and in his last seven starts, the team has supported him with an average less than three runs a game. Wade Boggs went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a double, in the 3-1 win over the Tigers, raising his average to .472 over the past eight games.

The first place Sox left for an all important west coast trip the second week in August. After winning 2 of 3 in California, the Sox beat Seattle by scoring five runs in the ninth inning on August 12th and taking 2 of 3 games in that series. Marty Barrett was the hero by delivering the game-winning two-run double in the ninth, for the 7-2 win, making Tom Bolton, 7-1. That set them up for a showdown with the first place Oakland A's.

In the first game on August 13th, the Sox were aspiring to an early blowout of the A's. They had loaded the bases in two straight innings and in two straight innings, they didn't score. A’s pitcher, Scott Sanderson, who threw 55 pitches in that span, then settled into quite a groove as he three-hit the Sox in a 4-0 victory at the Coliseum.

The next night, Roger Clemens' had a five-hit, 11-strikeout, 2-0 shutout over the A's and was virtually untouchable from the third inning on in one of his most dominating performances in the past two years. He retired 15 straight batters, 10 of them on strikeouts, before a single up the middle with two outs in the eighth. It was his 200th start, tied his season high for strikeouts and improved to 10-2 after Red Sox losses this season. He lowered his ERA to 2.06, lowest in the major leagues. In his last five starts, he has pitched 42 1/3 innings and allowed only three earned runs.

After the third game, every player seemed to feel some form of devastation after Mark McGwire belted Rob Murphy's first pitch up to the right corner of the Budweiser sign in the upper deck in left field. It was a grand slam, literally and figuratively, that resulted in a 6-2, 10-inning loss to the A's. The west coast trip ended with a respectable 5-4 record. The Sox came home, the same two games in front of the Jays, as when they left.

Next, on August 23rd the Sox went up to Toronto to confront the Jays. The first game came down to one chaotic play in the ninth inning, when a slow ground ball shot from Kelly Gruber's shattered bat and Wade Boggs made a difficult, hurried throw to the plate. He fielded the ball moving toward the line and had to throw almost directly over the runner heading home, Mookie Wilson. Boggs got off the throw, but not quite in time, and the Blue Jays pulled out a 4-3 win.

The next night, designated hitter Mike Marshall's ninth-inning RBI single through the shortstop hole on an 0-2 pitch from reliever Duane Ward broke up a scoreless game. The Sox went on to defeat the Blue Jays, 2-0.

GREG HARRIS

The third game was a riveting, 1-0 victory for the Sox behind Dwight Evans, who homered off lefty David Wells to start the seventh inning, and Roger Clemens. The Rocket was never more clutch than in the ninth inning, when an error by Wade Boggs developed into a bases-loaded, one-out rally. With the SkyDome rocking, Clemens retired catcher Greg Myers on a shallow fly to right and struck out switch hitter Manny Lee for the final out of the game.

In one of the best mound performances in recent team history, the first-place Red Sox won three games in a row from the Blue Jays, holding them scoreless for 27 straight innings including a 1-0 victory in the final game of the series on August 26th. Sox starters compiled a 0.88 ERA during the series, barely bettering the exploits of the Toronto pitcher, who combined for a 1.16 ERA and still lost three times. Greg Harris (11-5) pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, in which he allowed two hits and only four other balls to leave the infield. He struck out a season-high eight and walked two. He was aided, ever so slightly, by Jody Reed's liner over shortstop with two outs in the eighth inning, scoring Tom Brunansky after a close play at the plate.

On August 30th, Roger Clemens (20-5) wrapped up a 7-1 road trip by reaching the 20-win mark for the third time in his career, as the Sox swept the Indians, benefiting from a seven-run ninth-inning rally as the Sox waltzed to a 9-2 victory, giving them a 6 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Relief pitcher, Larry Andersen was acquired for the stretch run for a player who seemed insignificant at the time, Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell, who played all season in Double A New Britain, hit .333 with 4 home runs and 61 RBIs. but GM Lou Gorman felt that the Sox had depth at third base with Wade Boggs, Tim Naehring and Scott Cooper and considered the future superstar, expendable.

On September 1st, Mike Greenwell hit an inside-the-park grand slam homer in a 15-1 romp over the Yankees. The next night it was a Sox 7-1 win for 10 in a row, and a sweep of the Yankees.

Next up was the AL West leaders, the Oakland A's at Fenway Park. On September 3rd, the Sox' 10-game winning streak ended in a laborious, forgettable 9-5 loss to the A's on “Bob Stanley Night”. An overflow crowd, 34,692, showed up, and reporters dutifully pumped both teams for playoff hype.

The next night a hush fell all over New England. Suddenly, the gush of optimism had settled into a reality. The Red Sox have lost two straight to the A's, with a 6-2 setback. Dave Stewart, one of the best money pitchers in the game, once again beat Roger Clemens. The Rocket lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, though two were unearned. He made two throwing errors, tossed a costly wild pitch and walked a season-high-tying six, which matches the total of his previous eight starts. His record dropped to 20-6 and his ERA rose to 1.98.

In the third game, Mark McGwire forced Mike Greenwell to the warning track in the ninth inning and Jose Canseco tagged from third to score the sixth and final run in the Athletics' 6-2 win. It was enough to give McGwire his 90th run batted in of the year, the fourth consecutive year he's reached that plateau. The Sox had lost three straight to a team they could face if the made the playoffs.  Their lead over Toronto stood at 5 1/2 games.

Suffering from a chronic bad back, Dwight Evans then headed for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where he was placed in traction. Evans took a turn for the worse after batting practice Monday. The it was revealed that Roger Clemens had tendinitis in his shoulder.

TONY CONIGLIARO

On September 7th, with the late Tony Conigliaro's family gathered at Fenway Park, and ceremonies were held to announce the formation of the Tony Conigliaro Memorial Award. It would be presented annually at the Boston Baseball Writers Association Dinner, to the major league player who has overcome adversity with the spirit and courage demonstrated by Conigliaro, who died in February.

The Sox took a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, ending their homestand with a winning but not exactly overwhelming 7-6 record and a four game lead over Toronto. Mike Boddicker returned to form, pitching a tidy seven-hitter, with three strikeouts and no walks. The Sox pounded 13 hits, including three apiece by Carlos Quintana and Ellis Burks and two each by Wade Boggs and Tony Pena.

After losing four straight in Chicago, Boddicker (16-8) got support from a 12-hit attack, plus three wild pitches and four errors by the Orioles as the Sox won 7-3 in Baltimore.

But from September 12th to September 24th, they lost 10 of the 12 games and the Blue Jays nudged ahead in the AL East. But the Jays were even more flawed than the Red Sox. The two clubs fought a war of attrition, as each tried to give away the division title. Fortunately, the two clubs had to face each other in a three-game series at Fenway Park in late September and somebody had to win.

In the first game of the series, on September 28th, the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, at Fenway Park to pull into sole possession of first place in the AL East. They won it on Jeff Stone's single over a drawn-in Toronto outfield. The Sox entered the bottom of the ninth trailing almost hopelessly, 6-5, but loaded the bases against Toronto closer Tom Henke. Mike Greenwell pounced on a Henke fastball and lined a single to right. The game was tied before Jeff Stone, who was 3 for 15 with the Sox last year, became the hero.

TOM BRUNANSKY

A 7-5 victory over Toronto in the second game, on September 29th, pushed the Red Sox to a two-game lead with four to play. Roger Clemens had not pitched in 25 days, but he allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and he pushed his fastball to 91 miles per hour in the fourth inning. The performance was so dramatic it managed to the effort of Tom Brunansky, who homered three times into the net off three different pitchers and drove in five runs.

In the third game, the Sox lost their stranglehold on the Blue Jays and the AL East by losing 10-5. As crucial as the game was to both teams, it fairly summed up the depressed state of the division, which for the third straight year will be won by a team with fewer than 90 wins. The Jays simply hammered Sox pitching and the Sox' defense was suspect.

The Red Sox then won a game against the White Sox on October 1st to clinch at least a tie, with Dwight Evans knocking in the winning run.

The Red Sox lost to the White Sox, 3-2, in 11 innings the next night. It took an Ozzie Guillen two-out single to right field, off a 2-2 Dennis Lamp slider to beat them.  In the meantime, Toronto beat the Orioles in Baltimore and thus the division race came down to the final game of the season, with the Sox having a one game lead.

The final game of the season took place on October 3rd at Fenway. The Red Sox scored three second inning runs and Mike Boddicker shutdown the White Sox into the seventh inning, when he allowed a single run before turning the game over to Jeff Reardon. But with two outs in the ninth and no one on base, Reardon got two strikes on the White Sox' Sammy Sosa, before he lined a single to center. Reardon then hit the next batter, Scott Fletcher with a pitch and light hitting shortstop, Ozzie Guillen was at bat with the tying run.

Guillen pulled a line drive down the right-field line as Tom Brunansky ran toward the Pesky Pole. As the ball dropped down, Brunansky half dove and half slid for the base of the wall, while Sosa and Fletcher rounded the bases. Out of most people's sight, the season hung in the balance. Not a dozen people in the park were able to see Brunansky make the catch, unfortunately one of them was umpire Tim McClelland. As Brunansky caught the ball, getting up and sprinting toward him, McClelland singled out, and the Red Sox won a most unlikely division championship in spectacular fashion.

To advance any further the Red Sox would have to beat the Western Division Champion, Oakland Athletics. For six innings, it was Roger Clemens and Dave Stewart. Clemens left with a 1-0 lead at the start of the seventh. The Sox needed someone to get them from starter Clemens to closer Jeff Reardon. The bullpen couldn't do the job and Oakland romped to a 9-1 victory in Game 1 of ALCS.

After Game 2 there was a strong hint of resignation. The Sox dueled the world champion A's to a 1-1 tie for six innings, but the bullpen failed again. The final score was 4-1. The winner for the A's was Bob Welch, a man with a 27-6 record. In the last 38 years, only one major league pitcher (Denny McLain, 31 in 1968) had won more games than Welch won in 1990.

The Red Sox lost to the A's again in Game 3, this time 4-1 in Oakland. The 1990 Red Sox did a credible job getting here, but in these final days, they were pointing fingers and making excuses. Meanwhile, the Sox bullpen had given up 16 hits and seven walks, with a 15.63 earned run average in the series.  The A's had outscored Boston, 17-3, and had yet to hit a homer or unleash weapons named Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Rickey Henderson.

The Sox were swept and had their star pitcher, Roger Clemens, ejected from the biggest game of their season in the second inning, when the Oakland A's scored all their runs en route to a 3-1 victory, eliminating the Red Sox from the ALCS in four straight.

Dave Stewart shackled Boston for the second straight time in the playoffs. He allowed only four hits and didn't yield a run until the ninth, when Ellis Burks led off with a double and Jody Reed sliced a run-scoring single to right. Oakland outscored Boston, 20-4. Until Reed delivered in the ninth, Sox batters had been 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position. The ALCS Most Valuable Player then gave way to Rick Honeycutt, who promptly induced a double-play ball from Wade Boggs and retired Mike Greenwell on a grounder to second, concluding Oakland's second playoff sweep of the Sox in the last three years.

Season over ....

 

 

 
GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/02/1990 0-0 1st -  at Detroit Tigers pp  
04/03/1990 0-0 1st -  
04/04/1990 0-0 1st -  at Detroit Tigers pp  
04/05/1990 0-0 1st -  at Detroit Tigers pp  
04/06/1990 0-0 1st -  Chicago White Sox pp  
04/07/1990 0-0 1st -  Chicago White Sox pp  
04/08/1990 0-0 1st -  Chicago White Sox pp  
04/09/1990 5-2 1st -  Detroit Tigers W 5-2 Roger Clemens 1-0
04/10/1990 4-2 1st +1/2  Detroit Tigers W 4-2 Mike Boddicker 1-0
04/11/1990 3-2 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-2 Greg Harris 1-0
04/12/1990 3-1 1st +1/2  Detroit Tigers L 11-7 Mike Rochford 0-1
04/13/1990 3-2 2nd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 9-5 Rob Murphy 0-1
04/14/1990 4-2 1st +1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 4-3 Roger Clemens 2-0
04/15/1990 4-2 1st -  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
04/16/1990 4-3 3rd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 18-0 Mike Boddicker 1-1
04/17/1990 4-4 3rd -1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 2-1 Lee Smith 0-1
04/18/1990 5-4 3rd -1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 7-5 Roger Clemens 3-0
04/19/1990 5-4 3rd -1/2  
04/20/1990 5-5 3rd -1 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-0 Mike Boddicker 1-2
04/21/1990 5-6 3rd -2 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 2-0 Eric Hetzel 0-1
04/22/1990 6-6 3rd -1 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 4-2 Lee Smith 1-1
04/23/1990 6-6 4th -2  at Pawtucket Red Sox W 6-3  
04/24/1990 7-6 3rd -2  California Angels W 4-2 Roger Clemens 4-0
04/25/1990 7-7 3rd -3  California Angels L 3-1 Mike Boddicker 1-3
04/26/1990 8-7 3rd -2  California Angels W 5-4 Lee Smith 2-2
04/27/1990 9-7 3rd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 7-6 Jeff Reardon 1-0
04/28/1990 10-7 2nd -1/2  Oakland Athletics W 12-3 Greg Harris 2-0
04/29/1990 10-8 2nd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 1-0 Roger Clemens 4-1
04/30/1990 11-8 2nd -1 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 11-0 Mike Boddicker 2-3
05/01/1990 12-8 2nd -1 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 8-2 Eric Hetzel 1-1
05/02/1990 12-9 2nd -2  Seattle Mariners L 9-2 Greg Harris 2-1
05/03/1990 12-9 2nd -2 1/2  
05/04/1990 12-10 2nd -3  at Oakland Athletics L 8-3 Roger Clemens 4-2
05/05/1990 13-10 2nd -2  at Oakland Athletics W 5-1 Mike Boddicker 3-3
05/06/1990 13-11 3rd -2  at Oakland Athletics L 4-2 Eric Hetzel 1-2
05/07/1990 14-11 3rd -2  at Seattle Mariners W 5-4 Greg Harris 3-1
05/08/1990 14-12 3rd -3  at Seattle Mariners L 2-1 Wes Gardner 0-1
05/09/1990 15-12 3rd -2  at Seattle Mariners W 4-1 Roger Clemens 5-2
05/10/1990 15-12 3rd -2  
05/11/1990 16-12 3rd -2  at California Angels W 3-2 Mike Boddicker 4-3
05/12/1990 17-12 2nd -1  at California Angels W 7-1 Greg Harris 4-1
05/13/1990 17-13 3rd -1  at California Angels L 8-4 Dennis Lamp 0-1
05/14/1990 17-14 3rd -2  at Kansas City Royals L 9-5 Jeff Reardon 1-1
05/15/1990 17-14 3rd -1 1/2  at Kansas City Royals pp  
05/16/1990 18-14 3rd -1  at Kansas City Royals W 7-1 Mike Boddicker 5-3
05/17/1990 18-14 3rd -1 1/2  
05/18/1990 18-15 2nd -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 6-0 Greg Harris 4-2
05/19/1990 19-15 2nd -1 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 13-1 Roger Clemens 6-2
05/20/1990 19-16 2nd -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 5-4 Eric Hetzel 1-3
05/21/1990 20-16 2nd -1 1/2  Texas Rangers W 4-2 Mike Boddicker 6-3
05/22/1990 20-17 2nd -2 1/2  Texas Rangers L 5-4 Dana Keicker 0-1
05/23/1990 20-18 2nd -2 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 4-1 Greg Harris 4-3
05/24/1990 21-18 2nd -1 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 4-1 Roger Clemens 7-2
05/25/1990 21-19 2nd -1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 16-0 Eric Hetzel 1-4
05/26/1990 21-20 2nd -1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 6-5 Rob Murphy 0-2
05/27/1990 21-21 3rd -1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 3-1 Dana Kiecker 0-2
05/28/1990 22-21 3rd -1  at Texas Rangers W 4-3 Jerry Reed 1-1
05/29/1990 23-21 3rd -1  at Texas Rangers W 2-1 Roger Clemens 8-2
05/30/1990 23-22 3rd -1  at Texas Rangers L 4-3 Wes Gardner 0-2
05/31/1990 23-22 3rd -1  
06/01/1990 24-22 2nd -1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 4-3 Jerry Reed 2-1
06/02/1990 24-23 2nd -1 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 7-5 Rob Murphy 0-3
06/03/1990 25-23 2nd -1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 8-2 Roger Clemens 9-2
06/04/1990 26-23 1st +1/2  New York Yankees W 5-3 Jeff Reardon 2-1
06/05/1990 27-23 1st +1/2  New York Yankees W 9-8 Jeff Reardon 3-1
06/06/1990 28-23 1st +1 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-1 Mike Boddicker 7-3
06/07/1990 29-23 1st +1 1/2  New York Yankees W 3-0 Greg Harris 5-3
06/08/1990 30-23 1st +1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 4-3 Roger Clemens 10-2
06/09/1990 31-23 1st +1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 11-6 Dana Kleicker 1-2
06/10/1990 31-24 1st +1/2  Cleveland Indians L 4-0 Wes Gardner 0-3
06/11/1990 31-25 1st +1/2  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Dennis Lamp 0-2
06/12/1990 31-26 2nd -1/2  at New York Yankees L 5-4 Rob Murphy 0-4
06/13/1990 32-26 2nd -1/2  at New York Yankees W 4-1 Roger Clemens 11-2
06/14/1990 32-27 2nd -1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 3-1 Dana Kiecker 1-3
06/15/1990 33-27 2nd -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Wes Gardner 1-3
06/16/1990 34-27 2nd -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 6-3 Mike Boddicker 8-3
06/17/1990 35-27 2nd -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 6-5 Greg Harris 6-3
06/18/1990 35-28 2nd -2  at Baltimore Orioles L 7-2 Roger Clemens 11-3
06/19/1990 36-28 2nd -1  at Toronto Blue Jays W 4-2 Dana Kiecker 2-3
06/20/1990 37-28 2nd -2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 11-0 Wes Gardner 1-4
06/21/1990 37-28 2nd -1 1/2  
06/22/1990 37-29 2nd -1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Mike Boddicker 9-3
06/23/1990 38-29 2nd -1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Jeff Gray 1-0
06/24/1990 39-29 2nd -1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 2-0 Greg Harris 7-3
06/25/1990 40-29 1st +1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 10-8 Dennis Lamp 1-2
06/26/1990 41-29 1st +1 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 3-0 Wes Gardner 2-4
06/27/1990 42-29 1st +2 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 9-5 Mike Boddicker 10-3
06/28/1990 43-29 1st +3 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 4-3 Roger Clemens 12-3
06/29/1990 43-30 1st +3 1/2  Texas Rangers L 4-3 Jeff Gray 1-1
06/30/1990 43-31 1st +3 1/2  Texas Rangers L 6-5 Jeff Reardon 3-2
07/01/1990 44-31 1st +3 1/2  Texas Rangers W 15-4 Tom Bolton 1-0
07/02/1990 45-31 1st +4 1/2  Texas Rangers W 3-2 Mike Boddicker 11-3
07/03/1990 45-32 1st +3 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 7-3 Roger Clemens 12-4
07/04/1990 46-32 1st +3 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 4-3 Dennis Lamp 2-2
07/05/1990 46-33 1st +2 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 7-4 Rob Murphy 0-5
07/06/1990 46-34 1st +1 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 4-0 Wes Gardner 2-5
07/07/1990 46-35 1st +1/2  at Texas Rangers L 7-4 Mike Boddicker 11-4
07/08/1990 46-36 1st +1/2  at Texas Rangers L 4-3 Jeff Gray 1-2
07/09/1990  All Star Game Break
07/10/1990
07/11/1990
07/12/1990
07/13/1990 46-37 1st -  Kansas City Royals L 5-3 Mike Boddicker 11-5
07/14/1990 46-38 1st -  Kansas City Royals L 2-1 Rob Murphy 0-6
47-38 1st +1/2 W 8-7 Tom Bolton 2-0
07/15/1990 47-39 1st +1/2  Kansas City Royals L 13-4 Dana Keicker 2-4
07/16/1990 47-40 2nd -1/2  Minnesota Twins L 3-2 Jeff Gray 1-3
07/17/1990 48-40 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins W 1-0 Tom Bolton 3-0
07/18/1990 49-40 1st +1 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 5-4 Dennis Lamp 3-2
07/19/1990 49-41 1st +1  at Detroit Tigers L 1-0 Greg Harris 7-4
07/20/1990 49-42 1st -  at Kansas City Royals L 5-0 Roger Clemens 12-5
50-42 1st +1/2 W 3-1 Dana Kiecker 3-4
07/21/1990 50-43 2nd -1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 4-2 Jeff Reardon 3-3
07/22/1990 50-44 2nd -1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 2-1 Tom Bolton 3-1
07/23/1990 50-45 2nd -1  at Milwaukee Brewers L 13-0 Mike Boddicker 11-6
07/24/1990 50-46 2nd -1  at Milwaukee Brewers L 6-5 Jerry Reed 2-2
07/25/1990 51-46 1st -  at Milwaukee Brewers W 2-0 Roger Clemens 13-5
07/26/1990 51-47 2nd -1  at Detroit Tigers L 10-4 Wes Gardner 2-6
07/27/1990 52-47 2nd -1  at Detroit Tigers W 1-0 Tom Bolton 4-1
07/28/1990 52-48 2nd -1  at Detroit Tigers L 17-9 Dennis Lamp 3-3
07/29/1990 53-48 2nd -1  at Detroit Tigers W 13-3 Greg Harris 8-4
07/30/1990 54-48 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox W 3-0 Roger Clemens 14-5
07/31/1990 55-48 1st -  Chicago White Sox W 7-2 Dana Kiecker 4-4
08/01/1990 56-48 1st -  Chicago White Sox W 9-5 Tom Bolton 5-1
08/02/1990 56-48 1st +1/2  
08/03/1990 57-48 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 14-5 Greg Harris 9-4
08/04/1990 58-48 1st +2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-1 Roger Clemens 15-5
08/05/1990 58-49 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 7-2 Mike Boddicker 11-7
08/06/1990 58-49 1st +2  
08/07/1990 59-49 1st +2  at California Angels W 6-3 Tom Bolton 6-1
08/08/1990 59-50 1st +1  at California Angels L 8-6 Dennis Lamp 3-4
08/09/1990 60-50 1st +2  at California Angels W 14-3 Roger Clemens 16-5
08/10/1990 60-51 1st +2  at Seattle Mariners L 4-1 Dana Kiecker 4-5
08/11/1990 61-51 1st +2  at Seattle Mariners W 4-2 Daryl Irvine 1-0
08/12/1990 62-51 1st +3  at Seattle Mariners W 7-2 Tom Bolton 7-1
08/13/1990 62-52 1st +2  at Oakland Athletics L 4-0 Greg Harris 9-5
08/14/1990 63-52 1st +2  at Oakland Athletics W 2-0 Roger Clemens 17-5
08/15/1990 63-53 1st +2  at Oakland Athletics L 6-2 Daryl Irvine 1-1
08/16/1990 63-53 1st +2  
08/17/1990 63-54 1st +1  California Angels L 1-0 Mike Boddicker 11-8
08/18/1990 63-55 1st -  California Angels L 4-3 Tom Bolton 7-2
08/19/1990 64-55 1st -  California Angels W 4-1 Roger Clemens 18-5
08/20/1990 65-55 1st +1  Baltimore Orioles W 2-1 Greg Harris 10-5
08/21/1990 65-56 1st +1  Baltimore Orioles L 9-5 Dana Kiecker 4-6
08/22/1990 66-56 1st +2  Baltimore Orioles W 13-2 Mike Boddicker 12-8
08/23/1990 66-57 1st +1  at Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Joe Hesketh 1-3
08/24/1990 67-57 1st +2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 2-0 Dana Kiecker 5-6
08/25/1990 68-57 1st +3  at Toronto Blue Jays W 1-0 Roger Clemens 19-5
08/26/1990 69-57 1st +4  at Toronto Blue Jays W 1-0 Greg Harris 11-5
08/27/1990 70-57 1st +5  at Cleveland Indians W 12-4 Mike Boddicker 13-8
08/28/1990 71-57 1st +6  at Cleveland Indians W 6-5 Wes Gardner 3-6
08/29/1990 72-57 1st +6  at Cleveland Indians W 7-1 Dana Kiecker 6-6
08/30/1990 73-57 1st +6 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 9-2 Roger Clemens 20-5
08/31/1990 74-57 1st +6 1/2  New York Yankees W 7-3 Greg Harris 12-5
09/01/1990 75-57 1st +6 1/2  New York Yankees W 15-1 Mike Boddicker 14-8
09/02/1990 76-57 1st +6 1/2  New York Yankees W 7-1 Tom Bolton 8-2
09/03/1990 76-58 1st +6 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 9-5 Dana Kiecker 6-7
09/04/1990 76-59 1st +6 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 6-2 Roger Clemens 20-6
09/05/1990 76-60 1st +5 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 10-0 Greg Harris 12-6
09/06/1990 76-60 1st +5 1/2  
09/07/1990 77-60 1st +5 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 5-4 Jeff Gray 2-3
09/08/1990 78-60 1st +5 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 10-2 Tom Bolton 9-2
09/09/1990 78-61 1st +4 1/2  Seattle Mariners L 3-1 Joe Hesketh 1-4
09/10/1990 79-61 1st +4 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-4 Greg Harris 13-6
79-62 1st +4 L 6-1 Dana Kiecker 6-8
09/11/1990 79-63 1st +3  Milwaukee Brewers L 4-2 Wes Gardner 3-7
09/12/1990 80-63 1st +4  Milwaukee Brewers W 6-1 Mike Boddicker 15-8
09/13/1990 80-64 1st +4  at Chicago White Sox L 9-6 Tom Bolton 9-3
09/14/1990 80-65 1st +3  at Chicago White Sox L 4-0 Joe Hesketh 1-5
09/15/1990 80-66 1st +2  at Chicago White Sox L 7-4 Greg Harris 13-7
09/16/1990 80-67 1st +1  at Chicago White Sox L 4-2 Dana Kiecker 6-9
09/17/1990 81-67 1st +1  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-3 Mike Boddicker 16-8
09/18/1990 81-68 1st -  at Baltimore Orioles L 4-1 Tom Bolton 9-4
09/19/1990 81-69 2nd -1  at Baltimore Orioles L 8-4 Greg Harris 13-8
09/20/1990 81-69 2nd -1  
09/21/1990 82-69 1st -  at New York Yankees W 3-0 Dana Kiecker 7-9
09/22/1990 82-70 1st -  at New York Yankees L 5-2 Jeff Gray 2-4
09/23/1990 82-71 2nd -1  at New York Yankees L 5-4 Tom Bolton 9-5
09/24/1990 82-71 2nd -1 1/2  
09/25/1990 82-72 2nd -1 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 5-2 Greg Harris 13-9
09/26/1990 83-72 2nd -1/2  Cleveland Indians W 7-2 Dana Kiecker 8-9
09/27/1990 84-72 1st -  at Detroit Tigers W 3-2 Tom Bolton 10-5
09/28/1990 85-72 1st +1  Toronto Blue Jays W 7-6 Jeff Reardon 4-3
09/29/1990 86-72 1st +2  Toronto Blue Jays W 7-5 Roger Clemens 21-6
09/30/1990 86-73 1st +1  Toronto Blue Jays L 10-5 Joe Hesketh 1-6
10/01/1990 87-73 1st +1  Chicago White Sox W 4-3 Jeff Reardon 5-3
10/02/1990 87-74 1st +1  Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Dennis Lamp 3-5
10/03/1990 88-74 1st +2  Chicago White Sox W 3-1 Mike Boddicker 17-8
 
THE A.L. CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT SCORE  PITCHER W/L
10/06/1990 0-1 Game #1  Oakland Athletics L 9-1 Larry Andersen 0-1
10/07/1990 0-2 Game #2  Oakland Athletics L 4-1 Greg Harris 0-1
10/08/1990  
10/09/1990 0-3 Game #3  at Oakland Athletics L 4-1 Mike Boddicker 0-1
10/10/1990 0-4 Game #4  at Oakland Athletics L 3-1 Roger Clemens 0-1
 
1990 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

88

74

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

86 76 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

79 83 9

 

 

Cleveland Indians

77 85 11

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

76 85 11 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

74 88 14

 

 

New York Yankees

67 95 21

 

 

 
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