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

Roger Clemens comes back with
a clutch performance

September 29, 1990 ... A 7-5 victory over Toronto pushed the Red Sox to a two-game lead in the American League East with four to play. It is hard to remember a more inspirational performance by a Red Sox player. Clemens had not pitched in 25 days, but he allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and he pushed his fastball to 91 miles per hour in the fourth inning.

The performance was so dramatic it managed to eclipse some notable efforts, especially that of right fielder Tom Brunansky, who homered three times into the net off three different pitchers and drove in five runs.

The Jays were down, 7-0, in the ninth when they scored five runs off Dennis Lamp, four on a two-out grand slam by Kelly Gruber, but they have been pushed close to the brink.

It was apparent Clemens was OK from the start, when he threw an 0-1 fastball to Tony Fernandez that could be heard around the park as it hit Pena's glove. In another key test, he struck out Gruber with a high fastball out of the strike zone and punched out Fred McGriff to end the inning. He started the next inning by getting George Bell looking at a wicked slider, and it was clear he was back.

Although the Jays were unable to score, they had a runner on base in every inning but one against Clemens and put runners in scoring position in three of the last four. In the third, Clemens gave up a leadoff single to Manny Lee and a one-out double to Wilson, putting runners on second and third. He got Fernandez on a line drive to short, then Gruber on a routine grounder to Luis Rivera, who almost pulled Carlos Quintana off the bag with his throw.

In the fourth, Clemens gave up a one-out double to Bell, then fanned contact-hitter Olerud and got Myers on a ground ball to Quintana, who bobbled the ball and picked it up behind him before throwing to Clemens.

Brunansky broke the scoreless tie in the fifth. Toronto starter Todd Stottlemyre threw him a 1-1 fastball, and the right fielder hit it into the net. The home run was a prelude to the sixth, when the Sox wasted the fatigued Stottlemyre. Evans and Brunansky had the big hits, but it was Boggs who may have done him in with an 11-pitch at-bat that culminated in a clean single to center.

Stottlemyre’s last effective pitch was a slider well out of the strike zone that drew in Ellis Burks. But he was obviously laboring as he pitched to Greenwell. During the at-bat, pitching coach Galen Cisco was thrown out by plate umpire Drew Coble for arguing balls and strikes. Gaston's subsequent argument could have been a breather for Stottlemyre, but he walked Greenwell anyway and loaded the bases.

Gaston brought in erratic middle reliever Ward, a pitcher of enormous talents who is given to blowups. Evans greeted him with a flare through the right side of the drawn-in infield, scoring two runs, and the Sox got another break when right fielder Junior Felix' throw hit Greenwell in the back at third. Greenwell surely would have been out.

With runners on first and third, Evans took off. Myers' throw was in time, but Evans dodged the tag by sliding to the outside of the base. Brunansky followed with another bomb that nestled itself in the net.

 

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

5

 

 

5

10

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

1

x

 

 

7

9

0

 

 

W-Roger Clemens (21-6)
S-Jeff Reardon (20)
L-Todd Stottlemyre (13-17)
Attendance - 35,444

 2B-Reed (Bost), Pena (Bost), Wilson (Tor), Bell (Tor)

 HR-Gruber (Tor), Brunansky (3)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jody Reed 2b 3 0 1 .291  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 3 1 1 .291  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 1 1 .305  

 

Ellis Burks cf 4 0 0 .297  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 2 1 1 .296  

 

Kevin Romine pr/lf 0 0 0 .271  

 

Dwight Evans dh 3 1 1 .248  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 4 3 3 .254  

 

Tony Pena c 4 0 1 .264  

 

Luis Rivera ss 4 0 0 .226  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Roger Clemens 6 4 0 2 5  

 

Wes Gardner - 0 0 2 0  

 

Dennis Lamp 2.2 6 5 0 2  

 

Jeff Reardon 0.1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

86

72

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

84 74 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

76 82 10

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

73 83 12

 

 

Cleveland Indians

74 84 12

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

72 86 14

 

 

New York Yankees

65 93 21