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

The Sox sweep away the Blue Jays

June 28, 1990 ... The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays became increasingly flustered while the Red Sox' confidence soared. The 4-3 victory, on the most beautiful night in recent memory, extended Boston's lead to 3 1/2 games in the American League East. Within the division, the Sox are 25-12, 17-4 at home. More than anything, the series depicted two teams moving in opposite directions.

The Red Sox' seven-game winning streak tied a season high and boosted their record in June to 20-7. Roger Clemens (12-3) allowed eight hits in eight innings, struck out nine and was simply frightening at times. Jeff Reardon (save No. 13) finished it off in the ninth as Clemens tied Oakland's Bob Welch for the major league lead in victories.

Mike Greenwell, who is gathering confidence by the game, had the critical hit, a clean two-run single off Stottlemyre in a three-run fifth. He also threw out catcher Greg Myers, who represented the tying run at the plate, on Wilson's single in the sixth inning. The Sox' performance was juxtaposed against the Blue Jays, who, according to center fielder Mookie Wilson, played "our worst fundamental baseball of the season." Except for amazing Fred McGriff, who accounted for all three runs with momentous homers off Clemens in the second and sixth innings, Toronto was every bit as erratic and confused as it was the entire week.

Wilson, disoriented by the Wall and approaching left fielder George Bell, dropped a fly ball at the warning track in the seventh. He also overthrew cutoff man McGriff in the Sox' killer inning. Toronto's night was summed up by the announcement that shortstop Tony Fernandez, who was 3 for his last 30, had left the game in the fifth because he wasn't feeling well.

In the four games against Toronto, the Sox batted .315 and averaged 6.5 runs. Stottlemyre (8-7), who had won four straight, fared better than Toronto's previous starters, but he was done in by Wade Boggs, who led off the Boston first with his fifth homer, Tony Pena's freakish double over first in the fifth, and finally Greenwell's single.

Pena also made the play of the night just before the Sox' big rally. With Wilson on third in the fifth and Fernandez at bat, Clemens threw an outside forkball in the dirt. Pena moved outside and blocked it perfectly, preventing the run.

Ellis Burks led off the rally with a low double off the Wall, finishing it off with a headfirst slide. Pena, handcuffed on a pitch, inside-outed it, and the ball bounced directly over first base for a freakish double, allowing Burks to score. Luis Rivera followed with his second hit, a single to center. He moved to second when Wilson overthrew McGriff. The Jays then ordered Stottlemyre to walk Boggs intentionally, loading the bases for Jody Reed. He popped out to second, but Greenwell then lashed the two-run single to center. As he emerges from his season-long slump, he is hitting .409 over the past five 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

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

 

 

3

8

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

x

 

 

4

8

1

 

 

W-Roger Clemens (12-3)
S-Jeff Reardon (13)
L-Todd Stottlemyre (8-7)
Attendance - 34,547

 2B-Burks (Bost), Pena (Bost), Liriano (Tor), Gruber (Tor)

 HR-Boggs (Bost), McGriff (2)(Tor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 1 1 .298  

 

Jody Reed 2b 4 0 0 .295  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 4 0 1 .268  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 4 0 1 .260  

 

Dwight Evans dh 3 0 1 .243  

 

Ellis Burks cf 4 1 1 .289  

 

Tony Pena c 3 1 1 .281  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 3 0 0 .300  

 

Luis Rivera ss 3 1 2 .241  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Roger Clemens 8 8 3 1 9  

 

Jeff Reardon 1 0 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

43

29

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

41 34 3 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

35 36 7 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

33 38 9 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

35 40 9 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

32 41 11 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

37 43 15