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

W
es Gardner stifles the Blue Jays

June 26, 1990 ... Wes Gardner, the Sox’ No. 5 starter, dominated the Blue Jays over six innings en route to a 3-0 Red Sox win. He 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.

Gardner, whose ERA is 3.32 over his last four starts, has forever had that "potential" label dangling off him. There are days when you curse him, release him and trade him. And then, there are nights like tonight, when whatever potential Lou Gorman saw in the winter of 1985 pops up like a blossoming rosebud.

Manager Joe Morgan said Gardner, who took a perfect game into the fifth, started to tire after walking George Bell to start the seventh. He had thrown 87 pitches and struck out eight. Rob Murphy came in and didn't quite dominate Fred McGriff and John Olerud, but he got the former to line out to left field and the latter to ground to second. Then he struck out pinch hitter Pat Borders. Murphy pitched the seventh and eighth, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Jeff Reardon, who said before the game he was 100 percent, faced Tony Fernandez, Kelly Gruber and Bell in the ninth. After Fernandez grounded out, Gruber doubled down the left-field line and Bell walked. But Reardon got McGriff to pop out and Olerud to line to first for the final out.

After the first out of the fifth, Gardner's perfect game was gone. He walked McGriff, a pass that included a questionable ball on a 2-1 pitch. After the second out, catcher Greg Myers dumped a single into short left, ending the suspense and cancelling those phone calls to Dave Morehead, the last Red Sox pitcher to toss a no-hitter.

The Boston offense was confined to quick hits early in the game. In the first, Wade Boggs ran his current streak to 10 for 20 with a double off The Wall. With two outs and Boggs on third, Brunansky doubled to left-center on an 0-2 pitch by Toronto starter David Wells, who went seven innings. Wells thought Boggs tipped off Brunansky on what was coming.

Quintana put the Sox up, 3-0, with a two-run homer in the second inning, which followed a Tony Pena single and came on a low, inside slider. The Q, who hadn't started the last two games, has worked long and hard with batting coach Richie Hebner on hitting the inside pitch. It was Quintana's third home run and 24th and 25th RBIs, but only his second hit in his last 17 at-bats.

The game featured one fine defensive play by Jody Reed, who made a tumbling, over-the-shoulder catch of Bell's pop to short center to lead off the second inning.

Sox starters are 31-19 with a 3.40 ERA. They have surrendered three runs or fewer in 14 of their last 20 games.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

4

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

3

7

0

 

 

W-Wes Gardner (2-4)
S-Jeff Reardon (12)
L-David Wells (5-2)
Attendance - 23,244

 2B-Boggs (Bost), Brunansky (Bost), Gruber (Tor)

 HR-Quintana (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 1 1 .295  

 

Jody Reed 2b 4 0 1 .298  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 3 0 1 .269  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 4 0 1 .255  

 

Dwight Evans dh 3 0 0 .243  

 

Ellis Burks cf 3 0 0 .295  

 

Tony Pena c 2 1 2 .280  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 3 1 1 .295  

 

Luis Rivera ss 3 0 0 .232  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Wes Gardner 6 2 0 2 8  

 

Rob Murphy 2 1 0 0 2  

 

Jeff Reardon 1 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

41

29

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

41 32 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

34 35 6 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

32 37 8 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

34 40 9

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

31 40 10 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

26 42 14