1998 BOSTON RED SOX ...
REVERSING THE CURSE, PART 2 ... PEDRO
& TEK COME TO TOWN ...
 

Mike Fornieles   Denny Galehouse   John Wyatt
Died: Feb 11th   Died: Oct 14th   Died: Apr 6th


In 1998, with the Mo Vaughn contract situation and the debacle caused by the situation with Wil Cordero's domestic abuse, the Red Sox were desperate to make a positive move. Roger Clemens had not been replaced and the team's pitching was awful in 1997. Twenty six year-old Montréal pitcher, Pedro Martinez had emerged as one of the game's best in 1997 and Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette knew that the Montréal Expos could not afford to keep him. On November 18, 1997 he traded pitching prospects Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. to Montréal for Martinez.

 

Pedro was signed only through 1998 and the Red Sox needed to sign him to a longer contract, otherwise they'd have given up a top prospect for the privilege of having Martinez for only a single season. Pedro had all the leverage and the Sox immediately began negotiating a new deal. The Red Sox signed him to a six year $75 million deal with a club option for a seventh year. At $12 1/2 million annually, it was more than $1 million more per season than that of any other pitcher in baseball. Signing Martinez to such a long-term deal was risky, although he had been 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA in 1997 for Montréal. He was small at 5'-11" and less than 170 pounds.

But the Red Sox needed him, and like Clemens, if he stayed healthy and continued to produce, he was the kind of pitcher that could ensure the Red Sox would remain in championship contention.  Because of the deal, the club, who had been claiming the Red Sox were a small-market club with the ballpark that didn't bring in enough revenue to stay competitive, were shown that they could have signed both Roger Clemens and Mo Vaughn to long-term deals if they wanted to.

Mo Vaughn wondered where the deal for Martinez would leave him. Duquette made it clear that the team was not interested in signing him to a long-term deal, and when the team signed John Valentin to another contract and extended the contracts of both manager Jimy Williams and Duquette, Vaughn felt even more alienated.

   

DEREK LOWE & JASON VARITEK

One of the best moves Duquette ever made for the Red Sox happened at the end of the 1997 season, when he traded pitcher Heathcliff Slocum to the Seattle Mariners for pitchers Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek. They had tried pitcher Tom Gordon as a closer and he appeared to be the solution. But just in case, they signed their former pitcher Dennis Eckersley as well. Duquette then signed Damon Buford and Darren Lewis to provide some speed and defense in the outfield.

Meanwhile, consultants, business associates, and others urged the team to  reveal plans for a new Fenway Park that would combine elements of the old stadium in a more spacious modern facility.  The proposal was to build the new park next door to the old one.

On opening day, April 1st, in Oakland, Pedro Martinez lived up to his promise, winning the game 2 to 0, and striking out 11 batters, while retiring the first 11 he faced.  On April 6th Pedro faced Chuck Finley (who had won 11 straight decisions) in Anaheim.  The two went head-to-head in a classic duel.  Pedro gave up a run on a bloop single.  Finley gave up a run on an error.  Finley struck out 10 and Pedro struck out 9, including one with the bases loaded to end the 9th inning.  The Sox lost 2 to 1 in the 11th inning.

The Red Sox ended up losing five of eight before playing their home opener. On April 10th the Sox played against the Seattle Mariners in the Fenway opener. Down 7 to 2 in the ninth-inning, the Red Sox rallied back to win it 9 to 7, thanks to a grand slam homer by Mo Vaughn. As Vaughn rounded the bases the chants went up in the grandstand as the fans shouted "Sign Mo Now"

On April 11th, Pedro took the mound at Fenway Park for the first time and spun a two hit shutout of the Mariners, striking out 12 batters. Pedro had at least one strikeout in every inning but the first, and fanned everyone in the Seattle order except for Alex Cora and Edgar Martinez. He retired the last 10 Mariners in order.

Then on April 12th, Jim Leyritz knocked out his second homer of the game in helping the Sox score another bottom of the 9th, comeback win, sweeping Seattle by an 8-7 score.

When Oakland came to town on April 14th, it was Nomar Garciaparra's turn to supply the heroics.  Nomar launched a homer over the wall, to erase an 8th inning, 6-5 deficit and lead the Sox to another come-from-behind win, 8 to 6. 

For the fourth time on the first homestand, the Red Sox won in their last at-bat on April 15th. Troy O'Leary singling home John Valentin in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 triumph over the A's, their sixth in a row as they stayed perfect at Fenway Park.

The Sox continued the last inning drama on April 17th. With two runs in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run on Darren Bragg's bases-loaded single in the 10th, the Red Sox won their seventh in a row, all at home, and fifth in their last at-bat, beating the Cleveland Indians, 3-2. As a result, they climbed into a first-place tie with the Orioles in the American League East.

The Sox concluded their season beginning homestand with yet another walk-off win in their last at bat on April 20th. Mo Vaughn slapped an 0-and-2 pitch from reliever Eric Plunk into right field to score Jim Leyritz with the deciding run in a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Leyritz had slammed a game-tying home run leading off the ninth. Leyritz did as much as anybody to make this homestand memorable: a .455 average (10 hits in 22 at-bats) and four home runs.

 

The Sox went on the road to Detroit and they did it again on April 22nd, scoring three runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to post a come-from-behind 8-5 victory over the Tigers, completing a two-game sweep. Then in Cleveland on April 24th, they proved they could hold a lead, too, beating the Indians, 7-5. For last-out suspense, the Red Sox this time relied not on their bats but on their gloves; shortstop Nomar Garciaparra ranging far to his right to throw out pinch hitter Sandy Alomar with one run in and the tying runs on against closer Tom Gordon.

On April 27th, down four runs, the Red Sox came from behind again on back-to-back home runs by those noted long-ballers, Midre Cummings and Darren Lewis, to beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-5 at Fenway, for their seventh straight win and 14th in 15 games.

These victories keyed the best stretch of baseball the club played all year, as they won 15 of 18 between April 10th and April 30th, coming from behind nine different times, including seven times in the last inning.  They were in first place, but May would be a different story.  Injuries started to happen.  Butch Henry was gone and Nomar Garciaparra ended up on the DL as he separated his shoulder.  John Valentin hurt his foot and pitcher Brian Rose followed with a bone spur in his elbow.

On May 8th, Bret Saberhagen returned to Kansas City, where he had won a World Series.  The Sox overwhelmed the Royals 14-3. Saberhagen went six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. Naturally, he was ecstatic to raise his record to 5-0 less than two years after he underwent reconstructive shoulder surgery and his career was considered dead.

By mid May the Sox were only 10-10 on the road, but 17-5 at Fenway, their best mark since an 18-5 start in 1994. They were in second place, 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

On May 20th, Pedro Martinez (5-0, 1.74 ERA) beat the White Sox 6-2.  The next night the Yankees came to town for the first showdown of the season.  On May 22nd, behind Tim Wakefield (6-1), the Sox scored four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and beat New York 5-4.  But the Yankees clobbered the Sox in the next two games and when the dust settled, the Sox were 6 games behind. 

The Sox then lost the next two to the Blue Jays and it was clear that the difference was the lineup without Nomar. Since he went down, Mo Vaughn was hitting .222 with six RBIs. John Valentin was hitting .178, Jim Leyritz .188, and Troy O'Leary had just four RBIs.

 

The Yankees then took the first two games in New York, but in the third game Bret Saberhagen was masterful in a 3-2 win on May 30th. Coming off three abysmal performances (19 earned runs in 10 innings), he threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 26 batters, allowed only two walks and one run, and struck out six in his longest outing of the season. Mo Vaughn, the blood and soul of the Red Sox, won the game with a two-run homer. The Sox finished May 13-14, with an offensive explosion on the last game in the Bronx, winning 13-7.

Despite his unflattering record, five losses in only six starts, Derek Lowe, hadn't been a huge disappointment. Following his 49 innings thru June 3rd and a 3-0 loss to Baltimore, Lowe (0-5) had struck out 33. He had given up only two home runs, and batters were hitting .267 against him.

The Sox played the Devil Rays and went to Atlanta, Chicago and Tampa in mid June and they fought hard and took each series, winning nine of their last eleven.  On June 17th Mo Vaughn (.322 BA) blasted his 20th homer, and on June 19th Nomar Garciaparra (.309 BA) knocked out two homers.  Tim Wakefield (8-3) brought home two wins and Pedro Martinez (9-2) won three games. 

On June 21st, Pedro threw a one hitter against Tampa Bay. He struck out Quinton McCracken, the first batter he faced, overpowering him with fastballs. He ended the first inning by striking out Wade Boggs with a vicious fastball that dived over Boggs's shoetops. Eleven Devil Rays paraded back and forth, from dugout to home plate, before Boggs drew a walk with two outs in the fourth, the first Tampa Bay base runner. The next batter, Fred McGriff, looked pitiful, striking out on changeups. Even in his last inning, Martinez was still hitting the radar gun at 94 and 95 mph, and after throwing 121 pitches on top of the 140 he threw in Chicago, was lifted for closer Tom Gordon, who notched his third save of the series, fourth in five games, and 23rd of the season.

In Pedro's next start, he shut down the Florida Marlins 6-1, on June 26th for his 10th win, limiting the Marlins to five hits and a run over eight innings, the run scoring on his fourth-inning wild pitch. It was the third straight start in which Pedro held the opposition to a single run.

On the other side of the coin, on June 28th, Derek Lowe (0-7) had not won a game in over a year, losing to the Marlins. But  Nomar Garciaparra doubled and scored in the second inning, with the hit extended Nomar's hitting streak to 20 games, matching Larry Walker for longest streak in the majors so far this season.

The Sox finished June going 16-10, but fell 2 1/2 more games behind the Yankees, 10 games out of first.  Mo Vaughn, Pedro Martinez and Tom Gordon were named to the American League All Star team.

Bret Saberhagen (10-5) pitched a 6-1 victory over the Montreal Expos on July 1st, and allowed just three hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking none. He hadn't won 10 or more games since 1994, when he went 14-4 with the Mets. The victory tied him with Pedro for the club high.

On July 2nd, Pedro (11-2) retired the first 13 Expos batters in a 15-0 Sox win, before allowing a hit with one out in the fifth, and sat down an inning later with a yield of two hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. His earned run average dropped to  2.87 after his fourth straight start in which he has held the opposition to one run or fewer. In his last 29 innings, Pedro allowed just three earned runs, an ERA of 0.93, and after striking out five Expos, he had 142 strikeouts, second in the league to Seattle's Randy Johnson.

TIM WAKEFIELD

On July 3rd, another 15 runs, another shame-faced opponent, and three hits by Nomar Garciaparra, whose hitting streak was  24 games. The Red Sox scored in each of the first seven innings and pinned a 15-2 loss on the Chicago White Sox, 24 hours after beating the Expos by a 15-0 score. The win was the fourth in a row and seventh in the last eight games for the Red Sox, who had gone 16-6 in their last 22 games. Tim Wakefield (10-3) joined Pedro Martinez (11-2) and Bret Saberhagen (10-5) as the third Red Sox pitcher to have at least 10 wins. Unbeaten in his last five decisions, Wakefield held the White Sox to five hits and two runs.

In spite of winning 5 of 6 on the homestand before the All Star break, the Sox lost another game to the Yankees in the standings, 11 games behind.

Although the Red Sox organization held off on an announcement, the stage was set to build the new stadium next door, on a triangular 15-acre parcel bordered by Yawkey Way, Brookline Avenue, and Boylston Street. The 45,000-seat modern stadium, similar to Camden Yards in Baltimore and designed to look and feel like the old Fenway, would be built over several years while the Red Sox continue to play in the existing ballpark. After the new park opened, portions of Fenway would be torn down to make way for revenue-producing development, and part of it would be retained as a museum and park. Fans could walk from Kenmore Square down the third base line, next to a preserved Green Monster.

On July 15th, Pedro continued his mastery. Martinez, 12-3 after his second complete-game shutout, had an ERA of 1.17 in his last six starts, giving up just six earned runs in 46 innings to the Cleveland Indians. He allowed singles by Manny Ramirez and Alomar (infield hit) in the second, then did not allow another hit until Brian Giles singled with two out in the seventh. In between the hits by Alomar and Giles, he set down 15 Indians in a row.

The next night, July 16th, the Red Sox exploded for 17 hits in a 15-5 rout of the Indians. Troy O'Leary and Nomar Garciaparra each drove in five runs to lead the way. O'Leary hit a grand slam in the fourth to wipe out a 4-1 deficit. Nomar hit a three-run dinger in the fifth to make it an 8-4 game.

The Sox went on the road and split their series' in Cleveland and Detroit and returned to Fenway on July 23rd.  That night, down, 6-1 in the eighth and 7-5 in the ninth, the Red Sox scored seven runs in their last three at-bats to overcome the Blue Jays, 8-7. Still, the Yankees had a 15 game lead over the Sox, who now kept close tabs on the wild card race, where they led the Angels by 3 games.

Off the field, Mo Vaughn, leaving himself open to potential backlash from both Red Sox management and fans, said in the Toronto Sun that playing for the Blue Jays next season would be his first choice. In January, Vaughn was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being involved in an accident while on his way home from a Providence strip club. Though he was cleared of the charges in a jury trial, his reputation within the community was tarnished. During spring training, he angrily rejected another Sox offer, reportedly $20 million over two years, and blasted management for what he called a smear campaign against him. Vaughn's comments came just before the start of a four-game series with the Blue Jays.

On July 25th, as the Mo Vaughn drama raged, Nomar Garciaparra led a comeback win over the Blue Jays, giving Derek Lowe his first Red Sox win.

Another memorable Pedro game happened on July 26th. It was Pedro's eighth win in his last nine decisions, improving his record to 14-3 while lowering his league-leading ERA to 2.59. He struck out Blue Jays cleanup hitter Carlos Delgado and ex Sox Mike Stanley three times apiece, including back-to-back whiffs in the sixth, after the Jays opened the inning with consecutive singles. The game also featured a Nomar Garciaparra inside-the-park home run.

On to Oakland and on July 28th, after going seven years between inside-the-park home runs, the Red Sox made it two in two games when A's rookie Ben Grieve lost the ball in the lights of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Darren Lewis circled the bases for a three-run inside job in a 8-4 win here. The next night Mo Vaughn (.332 BA, 26 HRs) and Nomar (.324 BA) homered for the Red Sox, and broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the sixth. Garciaparra, who had nine hits in his last four games, including three home runs, hit his seventh homer since the All-Star break and 20th of the season.

On to Anaheim, and on July 31st Nomar put the crowning blow on another Boston comeback. His three-run eighth-inning home run propelling the Red Sox to a 7-2 win before a sellout crowd. His homer, which came after Mo Vaughn singled home Mike Benjamin with the go-ahead run, was his fifth in six games and ninth in 15 games. It helped make a winner of Bret Saberhagen (11-5), who checked the Angels on five hits and an unearned run in seven innings.

The Sox went 15-12 during August and fell from 10 to 15 games behind the Yankees, but 5 1/2 games ahead of the Rangers in the wild card race.

On August 1st, Pedro joined David Cone as the major leagues' only 15-game winners, with an 11-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. With 33 RBIs in 27 games in July, Nomar became the first Sox player to drive in 30 or more runs in a month in nearly three years. The Red Sox record for RBIs in a month was held by Ted Williams with 41 in May 1942.

On August 8th, Tim Wakefield assured the Red Sox would return home with a winning record on the 14-day, 12-game trip, shutting out the Rangers through five innings while his teammates built an 8-0 lead. The next night Mo Vaughn hit home runs in consecutive innings, driving in four runs, and just missed a third home run in a 14-8 Red Sox. The win gave the Sox an 8-4 record on the trip and a 7 1/2 game wild card lead. Mo Vaughn was on a tear during the trip, going 17 for 51 with 6 homers, 12 RBIs, and 11 runs.

The Sox returned to Fenway and on August 11th, Nomar hit a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game, 2-2 with the Royals. But it was his 10th-inning homer (his 24th of the season) that made the Sox 7-4 winners. Two days later on August 13th, against the Twins, Garciaparra and Vaughn went a combined 6 for 9 on the night with three doubles, a homer, and four RBIs, in an 8-7 win. The next night was a see-saw battle with the Sox on top, 13-12.

On August 18th, Pedro Martinez won his 16th game, beating the Rangers, 4-1, and Mo Vaughn won the nightcap, 5-4, with a tie-breaking home run. With 13 pitches, Tom Gordon (36 SV) saved both ends of the sweep. Pedro struck out 10, the seventh time this season he punched out 10 or more and the 34th time in his career.

On to Kansas City and staked to an 8-0 lead after two innings, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield went the distance for his second complete game, throwing a five-hitter for his 15th win of the season, 11-1. 

In Minnesota, Nomar Garciaparra became just the fifth shortstop in Red Sox history to drive in 100 or more runs in a season. Garciaparra, joined Vern Stephens, John Valentin, Joe Cronin, and Rico Petrocelli as 100-RBI Sox shortstops, and he did it in just his 108th game. Pedro Martinez also gained his 17th win against four losses while lowering his league-leading ERA to 2.73.

Back home, Darren Lewis hit a tie-breaking home run into the left-field screen in the seventh inning on August 25th, that lifted the Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. The game was saved by Tom Gordon, who notched his league-leading 37th save (34th in a row).

On August 29th, Pedro Martinez joined David Cone of the Yankees and Tom Glavine of the Braves as the major leagues' only 18-game winners. In a 6-1 Sox win, he allowed the Angels seven hits, all singles, six of which came in the first three innings, struck out eight, and went to just four three-ball counts. He walked just one. Pedro, who has allowed one run or less in 16 of his 28 starts, reduced his league-leading earned run average to 2.67 and raised his strikeout total to 208, one behind Roger Clemens and five behind Randy Johnson.  

Against the Mariners, Bret Saberhagen's four-hit pitching and Nomar Garciaparra's three RBIs (two-run home run and sacrifice fly) highlighted a 5-1 win, as August ended. The Sox maintained their eight-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the wild-card race, with just September left to be played.

As the Sox homestand ended on September 2nd, it was Nomar who starred once again, hitting a 9th inning walkoff grand slam homer giving the sox a 7 to 3 win. It was his 30th home run of 1998, making him just the fifth player to hit 30 or more in each of his first two seasons.

Tom Gordon retired one batter, preserved the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Tigers on September 11th and pocketed his 40th save this season, tying the club record set by Jeff Reardon in 1991 for saves in a season.

At a time when the Red Sox haven't been scoring runs regardless of who is on the mound, Jason Varitek more than lived up to the catcher's credo on September 11th, hitting two home runs and driving in five runs in Boston's 9-4 win over the Yankees. He hit a three-run homer in the second, producing as many runs as the Sox had scored in their previous 30 innings, and hit a two-run homer off the facing of the third deck of Yankee Stadium in the fourth. Rookie Trot Nixon started in left, where he made a diving catch of Chili Davis's sinking line drive in the sixth.

On September 17th, in Baltimore, Tom Gordon (42 SV) set a major league record with his 39th consecutive save in one season.  The Sox clinched the wild card on September 24th with a win  over the Orioles at Fenway Park. Finally on September 26th, Dennis Eckersley broke Hoyt Wilhelm's major league record with his 1,071th career pitching appearance.

Pedro (2.89 ERA) won 19 games, Tim Wakefield won 17 games and Bret Saberhagen won 15 games. Tom Gordon did a great job as the closer, making the All Star team and ringing up a league leading 46 saves. Damon Buford and Darren Lewis had good years at the plate and Jason Varitek, platooning with Scott Hatteberg, gave the Red Sox solid catching. With Nomar (.323 BA, 35 HR) continuing to excel and Vaughn (.337 BA, 40 HR) producing all year in trying to prove his worth, the Red Sox emerged as a championship caliber team.

But the New York Yankees had taken over first place on the last day of April, and by June effectively clinched the divisional title. The Sox finished at 92-70, which was the second-best record in the American League, and Bernie Williams (.339 BA) of the Yankees just nosed out Mo Vaughn (.337 BA) for the American League batting title.

The Red Sox opened up the ALDS against Cleveland and were eager to erase the memory of 1995 when they were swept. They buried the Indians in the opener, Game #1, behind Pedro and Mo Vaughn, 11-3. Vaughn went three for five with a double, two home runs and seven RBI.

But in Game #2 the Indians hit back, winning 9-5. David Justice hit a three-run home run off reliever John Wasdin in a five-run second inning for the Indians. The Indians then had an answer each time the Red Sox tried to climb back into the game, knocking out seven extra-base hits, including six doubles, and putting runners on base in every inning.

The series moved back to Boston for Game #3 and the Indians, behind two home runs by Manny Ramirez, and one apiece by Kenny Lofton and Jim Thome, withstood a ninth-inning two-run homer by Nomar to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, and take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Red Sox now had their backs to the wall and needed to win both games to stay alive. Pedro wanted to pitch on three days rest, but the Red Sox management wanted to protect their investment and saved him for a game they never got to play. So, in Game #4 the Red Sox started Pete Schourek, who pitched shutout ball, but the Red Sox bats went silent and Tom Gordon came into the ninth-inning with a 1 to 0 lead to protect.  Gordon, who had not blown a save since April, imploded and the Indians won the game and the ALDS by a score of 2 to 1.

The thrill was done. Since Bill Buckner's fateful error, the team had lost 16 of 17 postseason games.

 

 

 

 
GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/01/1998 1-0 1st -  at Oakland Athletics W 2-0 Pedro Martinez 1-0
04/02/1998 2-0 1st -  at Oakland Athletics W 6-3 John Wasdin 1-0
04/03/1998 2-1 2nd -1/2  at Seattle Mariners L 11-6 Derek Lowe 0-1
04/04/1998 2-2 3rd -1 1/2  at Seattle Mariners L 12-6 Brian Rose 0-1
04/05/1998 3-2 3rd -1 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 10-5 Bret Saberhagen 1-0
04/06/1998 3-3 3rd -2  at Anaheim Angels L 2-1 Tom Gordon 0-1
04/07/1998 3-4 3rd -3  at Anaheim Angels L 6-1 Tim Wakefield 0-1
04/08/1998 3-5 5th -3 1/2  at Anaheim Angels L 2-1 Derek Lowe 0-2
04/09/1998 3-5 4th -4  
04/10/1998 4-5 4th -3  Seattle Mariners W 9-7 Rich Garces 1-0
04/11/1998 5-5 4th -3  Seattle Mariners W 5-0 Pedro Martinez 2-0
04/12/1998 6-5 4th -3  Seattle Mariners W 8-7 John Wasdin 2-0
04/13/1998 7-5 3rd -2 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 6-3 Bret Saberhagen 2-0
04/14/1998 8-5 2nd -2 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 8-6 Tom Gordon 1-1
04/15/1998 9-5 2nd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Dennis Eckersley 1-0
04/16/1998 9-5 2nd -1  
04/17/1998 10-5 1st -  Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Tom Gordon 2-1
04/18/1998 10-6 3rd -1  Cleveland Indians L 7-4 Dennis Eckersley 1-1
04/19/1998 11-6 1st -  Cleveland Indians W 2-0 Bret Saberhagen 3-0
04/20/1998 12-6 1st +1/2  Cleveland Indians W 6-5 Tom Gordon 3-1
04/21/1998 13-6 1st +1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 11-4 Brian Rose 1-1
04/22/1998 14-6 1st +1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 8-5 Jim Corsi 1-0
04/23/1998 14-6 1st +1/2  
04/24/1998 15-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 7-5 Tim Wakefield 1-1
04/25/1998 16-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Bret Saberhagen 4-0
04/26/1998 16-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians pp  
04/27/1998 17-6 1st +1/2  Detroit Tigers W 6-5 Dennis Eckersley 2-1
04/28/1998 17-7 1st +1/2  Detroit Tigers L 7-5 Brian Shouse 0-1
04/29/1998 18-7 1st +1/2  Anaheim Angels W 8-4 Tim Wakefield 2-1
04/30/1998 18-8 2nd -1/2  Anaheim Angels L 7-2 Robinson Checo 0-1
05/01/1998 19-8 2nd -1/2  Texas Rangers W 5-3 John Wasdin 3-0
05/02/1998 19-9 2nd -1 1/2  Texas Rangers L 7-6 Brian Rose 1-2
05/03/1998 20-9 2nd -1 1/2  Texas Rangers W 2-1 Pedro Martinez 3-0
05/04/1998 20-9 2nd -1 1/2  
05/05/1998 21-9 2nd -1 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 4-2 Tim Wakefield 3-1
05/06/1998 21-10 2nd -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 8-7 Robinson Checo 0-2
05/07/1998 21-11 2nd -3  at Kansas City Royals L 5-3 Brian Rose 1-3
05/08/1998 22-11 2nd -3  at Kansas City Royals W 14-3 Bret Saberhagen 5-0
05/09/1998 23-11 2nd -2  at Kansas City Royals W 3-1 Pedro Martinez 4-0
05/10/1998 24-11 2nd -2  at Kansas City Royals W 3-1 Tim Wakefield 4-1
05/11/1998 24-12 2nd -2 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 8-2 John Wasdin 3-1
05/12/1998 24-13 2nd -3 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 6-3 Brian Rose 1-4
05/13/1998 24-14 2nd -4 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 7-4 Bret Saberhagen 5-1
05/14/1998 24-15 2nd -4 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 2-1 John Wasdin 3-2
05/15/1998 25-15 2nd -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-2 Tim Wakefield 5-1
05/16/1998 26-15 2nd -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-0 Steve Avery 1-0
05/17/1998 27-15 2nd -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-3 Ron Mahay 1-0
05/18/1998 27-15 2nd -3 1/2  Chicago White Sox pp  
05/19/1998 27-17 2nd -4 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 9-5 Bret Saberhagen 5-2
05/20/1998 28-16 2nd -4 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 6-2 Pedro Martinez 5-0
05/21/1998 28-16 2nd -5  
05/22/1998 29-16 2nd -4  New York Yankees W 5-4 Tim Wakefield 6-1
05/23/1998 29-17 2nd -5  New York Yankees L 12-3 Derek Lowe 0-3
05/24/1998 29-18 2nd -6  New York Yankees L 14-4 Bret Saberhagen 5-3
05/25/1998 29-19 2nd -7  Toronto Blue Jays L 7-5 Pedro Martinez 5-1
05/26/1998 29-20 2nd -8  Toronto Blue Jays L 5-2 Steve Avery 1-1
05/27/1998 29-20 2nd -7 1/2  
05/28/1998 29-21 2nd -8 1/2  at New York Yankees L 8-3 Tim Wakefield 6-2
05/29/1998 29-22 2nd -9 1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-2 Derek Lowe 0-4
05/30/1998 30-22 2nd -8 1/2  at New York Yankees W 3-2 Bret Saberhagen 6-3
05/31/1998 31-22 2nd -7 1/2  at New York Yankees W 13-7 Pedro Martinez 6-1
06/01/1998 32-22 2nd -7 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 9-5 Jim Corsi 2-0
06/02/1998 33-22 2nd -7 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 11-3 Steve Avery 2-1
06/03/1998 33-23 2nd -8 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 3-0 Derek Lowe 0-5
06/04/1998 34-23 2nd -8 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 9-1 Bret Saberhagen 7-3
06/05/1998 34-24 2nd -9 1/2  New York Mets L 9-2 Pedro Martinez 6-2
06/06/1998 34-25 2nd -10 1/2  New York Mets L 1-0 Tim Wakefield 6-3
06/07/1998 35-25 2nd -10 1/2  New York Mets W 5-0 Steve Avery 3-1
06/08/1998 35-26 2nd -11  at Atlanta Braves L 7-6 John Wasdin 3-3
06/09/1998 36-26 2nd -11  at Atlanta Braves W 9-3 Bret Saberhagen 8-3
06/10/1998 37-26 2nd -11  at Atlanta Braves W 10-6 Pedro Martinez 7-2
06/11/1998 37-26 2nd -11  
06/12/1998 38-26 2nd -10  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 5-1 Tim Wakefield 7-3
06/13/1998 38-26 2nd -10  Tampa Bay Devil Rays pp  
06/14/1998 39-26 2nd -10  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 3-2 Tom Gordon 4-1
06/15/1998 39-27 2nd -10  at Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Bret Saberhagen 8-4
06/16/1998 40-27 2nd -9  at Chicago White Sox W 6-2 Pedro Martinez 8-2
06/17/1998 41-27 2nd -9  at Chicago White Sox W 12-5 Tim Wakefield 8-3
06/18/1998 42-27 2nd -9  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 7-5 John Wasdin 4-3
06/19/1998 43-27 2nd -8  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 4-1 Steve Avery 4-1
06/20/1998 43-28 2nd -9  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 8-5 Bret Saberhagen 8-5
06/21/1998 44-28 2nd -8  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 3-1 Pedro Martinez 9-2
06/22/1998 44-29 2nd -9  Philadelphia Phillies L 9-8 Tom Gordon 4-2
06/23/1998 44-30 2nd -9  Philadelphia Phillies L 3-2 Derek Lowe 0-6
06/24/1998 44-31 2nd -10  at Philadelphia Phillies L 11-8 Steve Avery 4-2
06/25/1998 45-31 2nd -10  at Philadelphia Phillies W 7-5 Bret Saberhagen 9-5
06/26/1998 46-31 2nd -10  at Florida Marlins W 6-1 Pedro Martinez 10-2
06/27/1998 47-31 2nd -10  at Florida Marlins W 9-4 Tim Wakefield 9-3
06/28/1998 47-32 2nd -10  at Florida Marlins L 5-1 Derek Lowe 0-7
06/29/1998 47-32 2nd -10  
06/30/1998 48-32 2nd -10  Montreal Expos W 7-4 Steve Avery 5-2
07/01/1998 49-32 2nd -10  Montreal Expos W 6-1 Bret Saberhagen 10-5
07/02/1998 50-32 2nd -10  Montreal Expos W 15-0 Pedro Martinez 11-2
07/03/1998 51-32 2nd -10  Chicago White Sox W 15-2 Tim Wakefield 10-3
07/04/1998 51-33 2nd -11  Chicago White Sox L 3-0 Jin Ho Cho 0-1
07/05/1998 52-33 2nd -11  Chicago White Sox W 15-14 Carlos Reyes 3-2
07/06/1998  All Star Game Break
07/07/1998
07/08/1998
07/09/1998 52-34 2nd -12  at Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 Jim Corsi 2-1
07/10/1998 52-35 2nd -13  at Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 Pedro Martinez 11-3
07/11/1998 52-36 2nd -14  at Baltimore Orioles L 2-1 Tim Wakefield 10-4
07/12/1998 52-37 2nd -15  at Baltimore Orioles L 11-7 Jin Ho Cho 0-2
07/13/1998 53-37 2nd -14  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 2-0 Steve Avery 6-2
07/14/1998 53-38 2nd -15  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 5-4 Ron Mahay 1-1
07/15/1998 54-38 2nd -15  Cleveland Indians W 1-0 Pedro Martinez 12-3
07/16/1998 55-38 2nd -14  Cleveland Indians W 15-5 Tim Wakefield 11-4
07/17/1998 55-39 2nd -14  at Detroit Tigers L 6-4 Jin Ho Cho 0-3
07/18/1998 56-39 2nd -14  at Detroit Tigers W 9-4 Steve Avery 7-2
07/19/1998 56-40 2nd -14  at Detroit Tigers L 3-1 Tom Gordon 4-3
07/20/1998 56-40 2nd -14  
07/21/1998 57-40 2nd -14  at Cleveland Indians W 10-7 Pedro Martinez 13-3
57-41 2nd -14 1/2 L 4-2 Tim Wakefield 11-5
07/22/1998 57-42 2nd -15 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Rich Garces 1-1
07/23/1998 58-42 2nd -15  Toronto Blue Jays W 8-7 Tom Gordon 5-3
07/24/1998 58-43 2nd -16  Toronto Blue Jays L 10-6 Steve Avery 7-3
07/25/1998 59-43 2nd -15  Toronto Blue Jays W 5-3 Derek Lowe 1-7
07/26/1998 60-43 2nd -15  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-3 Pedro Martinez 14-3
07/27/1998 60-43 2nd -15  
07/28/1998 61-43 2nd -15  at Oakland Athletics W 8-4 Tim Wakefield 12-5
07/29/1998 62-43 2nd -14  at Oakland Athletics W 10-2 John Wasdin 5-3
07/30/1998 62-44 2nd -15  at Oakland Athletics L 6-5 Steve Avery 7-4
07/31/1998 63-44 2nd -15  at Anaheim Angels W 7-2 Bret Saberhagen 11-5
08/01/1998 64-44 2nd -15  at Anaheim Angels W 11-3 Pedro Martinez 15-3
08/02/1998 65-44 2nd -14  at Anaheim Angels W 8-7 Tim Wakefield 13-5
08/03/1998 65-45 2nd -15  at Seattle Mariners L 3-1 John Wasdin 5-4
08/04/1998 66-45 2nd -15 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 2-1 Steve Avery 8-4
08/05/1998 66-45 2nd -15  
08/06/1998 66-46 2nd -15 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 7-4 Bret Saberhagen 11-6
08/07/1998 66-47 2nd -17  at Texas Rangers L 4-3 Pedro Martinez 15-4
08/08/1998 67-47 2nd -17  at Texas Rangers W 11-1 Tim Wakefield 14-5
08/09/1998 68-47 2nd -17  at Texas Rangers W 14-8 Jim Corsi 2-1
08/10/1998 68-47 2nd -17 1/2  
08/11/1998 69-47 2nd -17 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 7-4 Tom Gordon 6-3
08/12/1998 69-48 2nd -18 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 8-4 Greg Swindell 3-4
08/13/1998 70-48 2nd -18 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 8-7 Dennis Eckersley 3-1
08/14/1998 71-48 2nd -18 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 13-12 Derek Lowe 2-7
08/15/1998 71-49 2nd -18 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 3-2 Pete Schourek 7-7
08/16/1998 71-50 2nd -19 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 6-3 Steve Avery 8-5
08/17/1998 71-50 2nd -19  Texas Rangers pp  
08/18/1998 72-50 2nd -19  Texas Rangers W 4-1 Pedro Martinez 16-4
73-50 2nd -19 1/2 W 13-12 Derek Lowe 2-7
08/19/1998 74-50 2nd -18 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 11-1 Tim Wakefield 15-5
08/20/1998 74-51 2nd -18 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 8-2 Pete Schourek 7-8
08/21/1998 75-51 2nd -18 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 9-2 Steve Avery 9-5
08/22/1998 75-52 2nd -19 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 4-3 Greg Swindell 3-5
08/23/1998 76-52 2nd -18 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 5-1 Pedro Martinez 17-4
08/24/1998 76-52 2nd -18  
08/25/1998 77-52 2nd -17  Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Greg Swindell 4-5
08/26/1998 78-52 2nd -16 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 7-4 John Wasdin 6-4
08/27/1998 78-53 2nd -17 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 6-3 Pete Schourek 7-9
08/28/1998 78-54 2nd -18 1/2  Anaheim Angels L 7-6 Steve Avery 9-6
08/29/1998 79-54 2nd -18 1/2  Anaheim Angels W 6-1 Pedro Martinez 18-4
08/30/1998 79-55 2nd -18 1/2  Anaheim Angels L 8-6 Tim Wakefield 15-6
08/31/1998 80-55 2nd -18  Seattle Mariners W 5-1 Bret Saberhagen 12-6
09/01/1998 80-56 2nd -19  Seattle Mariners L 7-3 Derek Lowe 3-8
09/02/1998 81-56 2nd -18  Seattle Mariners W 7-3 Tom Gordon 7-3
09/03/1998 81-57 2nd -18 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Dario Veras 0-1
09/04/1998 81-58 2nd -19 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 12-1 Tim Wakefield 15-7
09/05/1998 81-59 2nd -19 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Bret Saberhagen 12-7
09/06/1998 81-60 2nd -19 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 8-7 Derek Lowe 3-9
09/07/1998 82-60 2nd -18 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-3 Greg Swindell 5-5
09/08/1998 82-61 2nd -19 1/2  New York Yankees L 3-2 Pedro Martinez 18-5
09/09/1998 82-62 2nd -20 1/2  New York Yankees L 7-5 Tim Wakefield 15-8
09/10/1998 82-62 2nd -21  
09/11/1998 83-62 2nd -20  Detroit Tigers W 6-2 Bret Saberhagen 13-7
09/12/1998 83-63 2nd -20  Detroit Tigers L 3-2 Tom Gordon 7-4
09/13/1998 83-64 2nd -20  Detroit Tigers L 4-1 Greg Swindell 5-6
09/14/1998 83-65 2nd -21  at New York Yankees L 3-0 Pedro Martinez 18-6
09/15/1998 84-65 2nd -20  at New York Yankees W 9-4 Tim Wakefield 16-8
09/16/1998 85-65 2nd -19  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Bret Saberhagen 14-7
09/17/1998 86-65 2nd -19  at Baltimore Orioles W 3-2 Dennis Eckersley 4-1
09/18/1998 86-66 2nd -20  at Chicago White Sox L 11-9 Steve Avery 9-7
09/19/1998 86-67 2nd -20  at Chicago White Sox L 5-2 Pedro Martinez 18-7
09/20/1998 86-68 2nd -21  at Chicago White Sox L 6-4 Jim Corsi 3-2
09/21/1998 87-68 2nd -20  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 4-3 Bret Saberhagen 15-7
87-69 2nd -20 1/2 L 8-4 Carlos Reyes 3-3
09/22/1998 88-69 2nd -21  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 11-2 Pete Schourek 8-9
09/23/1998 89-69 2nd -21  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 5-4 Steve Avery 10-7
09/24/1998 90-69 2nd -21  Baltimore Orioles W 9-6 Pedro Martinez 19-7
09/25/1998 91-69 2nd -21  Baltimore Orioles W 8-3 Tim Wakefield 17-8
09/26/1998 91-70 2nd -22  Baltimore Orioles L 5-2 Bret Saberhagen 5-2
09/27/1998 92-70 2nd -22  Baltimore Orioles W 6-4 Carlos Valdez 1-0
  
THE A.L. DIVISIONAL SERIES
  
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
09/29/1998 1-0 Game #1  at Cleveland Indians W 11-3 Pedro Martinez 1-0
09/30/1998 1-1 Game #2  at Cleveland Indians L 9-5 Tim Wakefield 0-1
10/01/1998  Few Red Sox players show up for the league dictated "mandatory" workout
10/02/1998 2-1 Game #3  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Bret Saberhagen 0-1
10/03/1998 3-1 Game #4  Cleveland Indians L 2-1 Tom Gordon 0-1
 
1998 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1998 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 113 48 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 91 70 22

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 87 74 26

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 79 82 34

 

 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 98 50

 

 

 
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