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

The Sox win in a walk-off to sweep Detroit

April 11, 1990 ... He is shattering the concept of spring training. Three games and 13 at-bats, an aching back and Dwight Evans is hitting .462. He homered in the fifth inning and singled home the winning run in the 10th off journeyman lefthander Jerry Don Gleaton in the Sox’ 3-2 win over Detroit, sending the Red Sox off to Tiger Stadium undefeated.

The Red Sox squandered more, but in the 10th, after Detroit manager Sparky Anderson made more moves than Karpov, he could not stop Wade Boggs, who led off with a sharp single to right-center off the Tigers' fifth pitcher, Gleaton, usually tough against lefties. Boggs advanced on Marty Barrett's sacrifice bunt. Mike Greenwell (4 for 4) was hit on the back of the right shoulder by a 1-2 Gleaton fastball after fouling off four two-strike pitches. Then the world awaited another Sparky move.

Young Steve Wapnick was toiling in the bullpen, but Anderson's confidence in the youngster was microscopic. When Ellis Burks, whose day was fraught with humility (the center fielder went 0 for 5 at the plate and had a ball bounce off his glove in the seventh for a go-ahead double) popped out to shortstop, Anderson seemingly was off the hook. Not so, however, after Evans lined a 1-1 pitch, a low inside slider, down the left-field line, scoring Boggs with the winner.

In the fifth, Evans homered over the wall in left, giving the Sox and starter John Dopson a well-deserved 1-0 lead. But after Billy Jo Robidoux doubled to right-center, his first Fenway hit with the Red Sox, Tony Pena, Jody Reed, Kevin Romine and pinch hitter Bill Buckner couldn't get him home.

In the eighth, after Barrett walked and Greenwell singled, Burks laid a brick down for a bunt and Tiger hurler Urbano Lugo easily got lead runner Barrett at third. Evans was robbed of a hit on a great diving stop by third baseman Tony Phillips, who made a good throw to force the runner at second. After that, Carlos Quintana struck out, ending the threat.

This was a game the Red Sox plucked from the hands of defeat. Once again, the pitching was crisp. Dopson, featuring a knuckleball and low, unhittable stuff, pitched 5 1/3 innings before fatigue got to him. In the sixth, he surrendered a one-out single to Alan Trammell. Then, on a routine but hard-hit grounder to Robidoux at first, the ball did a Bill Buckner dance through the wickets. Cecil Fielder then struck for his first hit in three days, a single to left-center, making it 1-1.

Dopson needed an off-speed pitch in the offseason. He started bouncing around the idea of a knuckleball, a pitch he'd joked around with in his youth. The reviews were great. He struck out Phillips, the first batter of the game, with one, which surprised even Pena.

Robidoux had a strong day at the plate, going 2 for 3. He attempted to rebound from the error with a one-out double in the seventh. The Ware native scored the tying run on Pena's single, the first hit off the wall by a Red Sox player this year.

The Tigers had taken the lead by scoring their first run off a Sox reliever. It came off Dennis Lamp, who owns the Tigers like no pitcher has ever owned a team, 11-0. Matt Nokes singled off Lamp to start the seventh, and pinch runner Ken Williams eventually came in on Larry Sheets' double to right-center. On the play, Burks and right fielder Randy Kutcher converged on the ball. Burks dived, but was not able to hold on.

After Lamp's 2 2/3 innings, Lee Smith appeared in his third straight game, but this time in a non-save situation. Smith preserved the tie and gave way to Greg Harris, who pitched a solid top of the 10th to gain the win.

 

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R

H

E

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

 

2

7

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

 

3

12

1

 

 

W-Greg Harris (1-0)
L-Jerry Do Gleaton (0-1)
Attendance - 15,369

 2B-Sheets (Det), Robidoux (2)(Bost), Greenwell (Bost)

 HR-Evans (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 5 1 1 .364  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 3 0 0 .182  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 4 0 4 .455  

 

Ellis Burks cf 5 0 0 .154  

 

Dwight Evans rf 5 1 3 .462  

 

Billy Jo Robidoux 1b 3 0 2 .250  

 

Luis Rivera pr 0 1 0 .000  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 1 0 0 .000  

 

Tony Pena c 4 0 1 .417  

 

Jody Reed ss 4 0 1 .182  

 

Kevin Romine rf 1 0 0 .250  

 

Bill Buckner ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Randy Kutcher rf 0 0 0 .000  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

John Dopson 5.1 4 0 1 5  

 

Dennis Lamp 2.2 2 1 0 1  

 

Lee Smith 1 1 0 0 0  

 

Bob Stanley 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

-

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

1 1 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

0 0 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

0 0 1 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

1 2 2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

0 2 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

0 3 3