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

Dwight Evans drives in the winning run
to clinch at least a playoff in the AL East

October 1, 1990 ... The Red Sox clinched a tie for the American League East championship with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox, the second-best team in the American League, while the Fenway fans let them know on more than one occasion that the Toronto Blue Jays were falling to the Baltimore Orioles, 6-3.

Dwight Evans' single to center field off reliever Barry Jones with one out in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie the White Sox had fought so hard to gain. The game-winning rally began with a Wade Boggs walk, but he was thrown out at third when Ellis Burks singled high off the left-field wall, a vicious shot that missed being a two-run homer by a foot and a half. With Burks at second, the White Sox walked Greenwell, setting the stage for Evans.

Jeff Reardon struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. After he fanned pinch hitter Steve Lyons for the first out, the final Baltimore-Toronto score went up.

Dana Kiecker had left the game to a standing ovation in the eighth after allowing a leadoff double to Ivan Calderon. He has pitched two straight good games at Fenway, where he is still 3-5 but saw his ERA drop from 7.15 to 6.36.

Kiecker was relieved in the eighth by the weary Larry Andersen, who surrendered a shot to Lance Johnson that went over Tom Brunansky's head in right field and into the bleachers for a ground-rule double, scoring Calderon.

When Andersen struck out Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas, it appeared a Boston reliever would finally get out of a jam. But Dan Pasqua singled up the middle, scoring the second run. Robin Ventura sliced a bloop double to left field, scoring the tying run in the person of pinch runner Rodney McCray, who had just stolen second.

The Red Sox pounced on White Sox starter Greg Hibbard for one run in the third and two in the fourth. With two outs in the third, Jody Reed reached on Ventura's throwing error and scored all the way from first on Carlos Quintana's single off the wall.

The Red Sox drove Hibbard out of the game in the fourth. Greenwell hit a ground-rule double and Evans blooped a single to right field. Brunansky hit what appeared to be a double play ball to Guillen, but the White Sox could not turn it, as Brunansky beat the throw, scoring Greenwell with the second run. After Pena flied to center, Luis Rivera doubled, scoring the third run.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

 

 

3

9

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

x

 

 

4

9

0

 

 

W-Jeff Reardon (5-3)
L-Barry Jones (11-4)
Attendance - 31,118

 2B-Evans (Bost), Boggs (Bost), Greenwell (Bost),
 Rivera (Bost), Johnson (2)(Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jody Reed 2b 3 1 0 .292  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 4 0 1 .290  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 0 1 .304  

 

Ellis Burks cf 4 1 2 .297  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 3 1 1 .297  

 

Dwight Evans dh 4 0 3 .251  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 4 1 0 .252  

 

Tony Pena c 3 0 0 .264  

 

Luis Rivera ss 3 0 1 .225  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Dana Kiecker 7 6 1 2 2  

 

Larry Andersen 0.2 3 2 0 2  

 

Jeff Reardon 1.1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

88

74

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

86 76 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

79 83 9

 

 

Cleveland Indians

77 85 11

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

76 85 11 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

74 88 14

 

 

New York Yankees

67 95 21