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

Mike Greenwell's inside the park grand slam
highlights a Yankee thrashing

September 1, 1990 ... The Red Sox had won nine straight on September 1st, the longest winning streak in the American League. They reintroduced power to their lineup with four home runs accounting for 10 runs and clobbered their oldest and biggest rivals, the New York Yankees, and clobbering them good. This time it was 15-1, with a 19-hit attack.

After Ellis Burks' three-run homer and Tom Brunansky's two-run blast in the first off Andy Hawkins got the Red Sox off to an unbeatable start, the biggest clump of runs on one swat came on Mike Greenwell's inside-the-park grand slam. Go back to Gary Geiger's inside-the-park grand slam in 1961 for the last sighting of such an animal at Fenway. The ball actually got down the line swiftly past Kevin Maas and then got by Gold Glove right fielder Jesse Barfield, who bruised a knee in pursuit.

The Red Sox wiped out two Yankee outfielders in the seven-run fifth. Mel Hall injured a wrist on Wade Boggs' double, which put runners on second and third after Carlos Quintana walked. Burks also walked to set up Greenwell's slam.

Jody Reed later doubled in a run and Quintana doubled in two in the fifth. The Sox were up, 12-1.

The Red Sox offense lately has been astonishing. They have driven in 13 runs in their last seven plate appearances with the bases loaded. Burks, with two home runs and four RBIs, is now hitting .310 with 18 home runs and 76 RBI. The Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 hitters in the Red Sox lineup went 12 for 18 with 12 RBIs. After Tom Brunansky's two-run homer, Yankees manager Stump Merrill walked out to end Andy Hawkins' misery. The manager noticed that Hawkins was talking to himself. The Sox had gone 10 straight days without hitting a homer, and now they have hit 12 in the last six. Burks hit a solo shot in the sixth. In the eighth, Greenwell hit a ground-rule double for an RBI, while Brunansky singled in the 15th run.

Mike Boddicker improved his record to 14-8, while his ERA is now at 3.40. His mates have supplied him with 38 runs in his last three starts.

 

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

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

5

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

5

0

0

0

7

1

0

2

x

 

 

15

19

1

 

 

W-Mike Boddicker (14-8)
L-Andy Hawkins (5-11)
Attendance - 34,482

 2B-Sax (NY), Greenwell (2)(Bost),
 Boggs (2)(Bost), Reed (Bost)

 HR-Burks (2)(Bost), Brunansky (Bost), Greenwell (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jody Reed 2b 5 1 2 .306  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 4 2 1 .297  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 5 2 3 .311  

 

Randy Kutcher pr/3b 0 1 0 .246  

 

Ellis Burks cf 3 3 2 .310  

 

Kevin Romine cf 1 0 0 .274  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 5 3 4 .288  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 5 1 3 .253  

 

Mike Marshall dh 4 0 1 .257  

 

John Marzano c 3 1 1 .256  

 

Luis Rivera ss 3 1 2 .225  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mike Boddicker 6 4 1 1 4  

 

Wes Gardner 1 0 0 0 2  

 

Joe Hesketh 2 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

75

57

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

69 64 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

64 69 11 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

62 69 12 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

60 71 14 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

59 73 16

 

 

New York Yankees

56 76 19