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

It's Tom Brunansky bringing
the Sox from behind

June 4, 1990 ... 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.

Brunansky, who is hitting .419 at Fenway Park (.238 on the road), was at the center of every Sox rally: In the first, he had a sacrifice fly on which left fielder Claudell Washington threw the ball to Ecuador trying to get Wade Boggs at home; in the third, he hit a two-run homer (No. 5) onto Lansdowne Street off lefthander Chuck Cary; in the eighth, he hit a double about 2 feet from the top of the left-center-field wall, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The Yanks brought in lefthander Lee Guetterman later in the inning to face Mike Greenwell, who continues to bat seventh against lefthanders. Greenwell looped a single to left, his 11th RBI in 180 at-bats. Righthander Jeff Reardon (2-1), brought in with the game tied in the eighth, allowed one hit over the last two innings and struck out Bob Geren to end the game.

Down, 3-0, after Brunansky's homer, the Yankees began to come back in the fifth, scoring two runs off righthander Dana Kiecker, who developed a blister in the fourth inning and lost it almost immediately: In the fifth, he walked the first batter, gave up a run-scoring single off the Wall to Rick Cerone (2 for 2) and allowed another run to score on a wild pitch.

Cerone moved up to second on the wild pitch. Randy Velarde followed with a single to left center. Burks ran down the ball and came up with one of his best throws of the season, a one-hopper dead on the plate. The play still was close. Catcher Tony Pena tagged Cerone high, near his face, but plate umpire Rocky Roe called Cerone out.

The Yankees tied the game in the seventh against Wes Gardner, who relieved Kiecker in the sixth. With one out, Gardner walked Jesse Barfield. Washington struck out, but Cerone followed with a run-scoring double to right-center, past Burks, who dived on the play. Dent pinch ran Deion Sanders, the gold-swathed defensive back. Velarde followed with a difficult ground ball to Rivera's right. His throw got away from Quintana, who chased it down near the first-base coach's box.

Sanders slowed rounding third, and it cost him. Quintana, who proves himself more and more capable by the day, picked up the ball and threw a perfect strike to Pena, who tagged out the sliding Sanders.

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.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

 

 

3

6

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

x

 

 

5

10

1

 

 

W-Jeff Reardon (2-1)
L-Jeff Robinson (0-4)
Attendance - 32,125

 2B-Cerone (NY), Reed (Bost), Burks (Bost), Brunansky (Bost)

 HR-Brunansky (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 2 1 1 .283  

 

Jody Reed 2b 4 0 1 .275  

 

Ellis Burks cf 3 2 2 .277  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 2 2 2 .245  

 

Dwight Evans dh 4 0 1 .256  

 

Tony Pena c 4 0 0 .290  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 3 0 1 .250  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 3 0 2 .327  

 

Luis Rivera ss 3 0 0 .287  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Dana Kiecker 5 4 2 2 1  

 

Wes Gardner 2 1 1 1 1  

 

Jeff Reardon 2 1 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

26

23

-

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

25 23 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

27 25 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

23 25 2 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

24 27 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers

22 30 5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

18 30 7 1/2