ON THIS DATE (July 9,
Trailing the Minnesota Twins by six runs, going into the
bottom of the third inning, the Sox kept chipping away, cutting the
margin to one run in the eighth inning. And it was Jim Rice, Fred
Lynn and Cecil Cooper, who then powered the Sox to a dramatic 9 to 8
come-from-behind walkoff victory.
Trailing 8-4 in the
eighth inning, Rice drilled a vicious RBI double off the wall in left
center, scoring Denny Doyle who had tripled to left-center. Lynn
followed up with his 15th homer of the year, hoisting a 1-2 pitch
into the left field screen, producing his 60th and 61st RBIs and
cutting the Twins' lead to one run, 8-7.
Then in the ninth, Cooper tied the score on a 3-1 pitch that he sent
over the Sox bullpen. Doug Griffin delivered a pinch hit single to
give Rice another shot, and Jim lined a 3-2 pitch to left-center for
a double. Griffin made it all the way around and scored with the
winning run, 9 to 8.