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

Brunansky's bat leads the Sox over the Twins

May 19, 1990 ... Tom Brunansky was at the center of a storm that crashed over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway, 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 Roger Clemens pitching a five-hitter through seven innings despite the flu, the team showed what an impressive force it can be.

The Twins have been baseball's hottest team this month, losing just three of 15 games before today. But the Sox drummed on their pitching relentlessly until manager Tom Kelly chose outfielder John Moses to work the ninth. Lefthander Allan Anderson, the 1988 ERA champion and the league's most successful southpaw the past two seasons, allowed five hits and five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

In fact, Brunansky said his day may have been tipped off by reliever Jeff Reardon, who, when he played with Brunansky in Minnesota, often predicted his home runs. Reardon said he predicted a home run for Brunansky while the Old-Timers Game was being played. In retrospect, his prediction was modest. In the fourth, Brunansky hit a two-run shot off Juan Berenguer onto the platform of a light stanchion nearest the foul line above The Wall. In the seventh, he hit a three-run homer into the Twins bullpen that might have been caught had right fielder Shane Mack not become disoriented.

He had a run-scoring double to left in the five-run first, a single in the second, when Boston loaded the bases with one out and failed to score, and finally a run-scoring single off lefthander Gary Wayne in the seventh.

The Sox last had as many runs in a game last August 29th. Mike Greenwell, who may be coming out of his slump, went 3 for 4. Luis Rivera went 3 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to eight games, during which he is hitting .517 (15 for 29). Carlos Quintana had a two-run single, ending an 0-for-13 slide. Every Sox starter had at least one hit.

Clemens (6-2 this season, 11-1 lifetime vs. the Twins) fell asleep immediately after the game ended, which tells you what kind of shape he was in. Trainer Rich Zawacki said he vomited before he came to the park and had diarrhea before the game started. Manager Joe Morgan said he doubted Clemens could play until the pitcher phoned at about 11 a.m.

Under those circumstances, The Rocket was a heroic figure, handling fairly easily a lineup that was hitting 16 points higher than any other team in the league. He struck out two, his fewest of the season, but he walked only one. Minnesota scored its only run in the third, when Brian Harper led off with a single and scored on Dan Gladden's two-out triple into a difficult spot in the right-field corner.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

MINNESOTA TWINS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

5

0

0

2

2

0

3

1

x

 

 

13

20

0

 

 

W-Roger Clemens (6-2)
L-Allan Anderson (2-5)
Attendance - 34,145

 2B-Brunansky (Bost), Burks (Bost), Reed (Bost),
 Puckett (Minn), Harper (Minn)

 3B-Gladden (Minn)

 HR-Brunansky (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 2 1 .288  

 

Randy Kutcher 3b 1 0 0 .207  

 

Jody Reed 2b 6 1 3 .282  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 4 2 3 .244  

 

Kevin Romine ph/rf 1 1 0 .216  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 5 3 5 .230  

 

Danny Heep lf 1 0 0 .148  

 

Dwight Evans dh 4 1 1 .271  

 

Tony Pena c 5 1 1 .291  

 

Rich Gedman c 0 0 0 .143  

 

Ellis Burks cf 5 0 2 .273  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 4 0 1 .324  

 

Luis Rivera ss 4 2 3 .364  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Roger Clemens 7 5 1 1 2  

 

Wes Gardner 1 2 0 0 2  

 

Jeff Reardon 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

20 13 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

19

15

1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

19 16 2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

20 18 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

14 19 6

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

15 21 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

16 22 6 1/2