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

Ellis Burks' homers to earn
a doubleheader split

July 14, 1990 ... Well into their worst day of the season, the Red Sox were rescued by Ellis Burks, whose three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning lifted his team to an 8-7 victory over the Royals, a split of a day-night doubleheader and a sense that things are not as bad as they seem.

In the first game, the Sox were beaten, 2-1. A combined total of 61,450 watched at Fenway Park. With Clemens gone, the Royals defeated the bullpen combination of Rob Murphy (0-6, 6.42) and Reardon, who gave up both the tying (Willie Wilson) and game-winning (Bill Pecota) hits in the eighth inning, but returned in the nightcap to earn the save.

Ellis Burks stepped out of the dugout in the eighth inning of Game 2 to bat for Marty Barrett against righthander Jay Baller. The Sox were down by 2 runs, the result of John Marzano's bloop single off starter Kevin Appier.

Baller entered the game and gave up an infield hit to Romine; shortstop Steve Jeltz double-clutched the throw, allowing Romine to beat it out. Burks fell behind, 1-2, then pumped his 11th homer into the screen. Reardon struck out the last batter of the game, Willie Wilson, for his 15th save.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

 

2

13

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

8

1

 

 

W-Luis Aquino (4-0)
S-Jeff Montgomery (10)
L-Rob Murphy (0-6)
Attendance - 34,287

 2B-Brett (KC), Tabler (KC),
 Reed (Bost), Greenwell (Bost)

 HR-Romine (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

0

2

0

0

2

1

1

1

0

 

 

7

14

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

5

x

 

 

8

12

1

 

 

W-Tom Bolton (2-0)
S-Jeff Reardon (15)
L-Jay Baller (0-1)

 2B-Romine (Bost), Schulz (KC)

 HR-Burks (Bost), Tabler (KC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 5 0 2 .307  

 

Jody Reed 2b/ss 5 0 3 .304  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 3 0 0 .311  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 3 0 1 .267  

 

Billy Jo Robidoux dh 2 0 0 .214  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 4 0 1 .265  

 

Tony Pena c 4 0 0 .274  

 

Kevin Romine cf 3 1 1 .299  

 

Luis Rivera ss 3 0 0 .214  

 

Ellis Burks ph 1 0 0 .301  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 0 0 0 .218  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Roger Clemens 7 8 0 2 5  

 

Rob Murphy 0.1 2 2 0 1  

 

Jeff Reardon 0.2 2 0 0 1  

 

Jeff Gray 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 1 0 .304  

 

Jody Reed ss/2b 4 1 1 .303  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 4 1 2 .314  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 4 1 1 .266  

 

Billy Jo Robidoux dh 4 0 1 .219  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 3 0 0 .263  

 

John Marzano c 4 0 1 .325  

 

Randy Kutcher pr 0 1 0 .250  

 

Tony Pena c 0 0 0 .274  

 

Kevin Romine cf 4 2 3 .324  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 3 0 2 .230  

 

Ellis Burks ph 1 1 1 .303  

 

Luis Rivera ss 0 0 0 .214  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Greg Harris 5 9 5 1 4  

 

Jerry Reed 1 3 1 1 1  

 

Tom Bolton 2.2 2 1 0 3  

 

Jeff Reardon 0.1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

47

38

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

48 40 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

43 42 4

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

40 46 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

41 47 7 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

38 46 8 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

30 53 16