THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 9
BLEEPIN' BUCKY DENT'S HOME RUN ...
Fisk's walk-off single, wins in the 9th
June 12, 1978
Carlton Fisk drilled a single inside the third base bag, with
the bases loaded and none out in the ninth inning, lifting the Red
Sox to a wild 10 to 9 victory over the California Angels.
Dwight Evans drove in four runs with a homer and a double, and Fred
Lynn hit a three-run homer in helping the Sox offset five errors. The
Sox helped the Angels with the errors, six walks, and two hit
batsmen. However, the Angels left 14 runners on base, including the
bases loaded in four innings.
Bill Campbell, sidelined much of the season with a sore elbow, picked
up his third victory in seven decisions. after the Sox broke a 9-9
tie against Dave LaRoche in the ninth inning. Lynn greeted LaRoche,
the fourth Angels pitcher, with a single. Jim Rice walked and Carl
Yastrzemski was credited with a bunt hit when Lynn beat LaRoche's
attempt to get him at third base. Fisk, hitless in his first four at
bats, then grounded his game-winning single between Ron Jackson and
the third base bag.
The Angels picked up an unearned run, their fifth of the game, in the
seventh inning and pulled into a 9-9 tie in the eighth. With
the bases loaded, Campbell replaced Dick Drago and walked pinch
hitter, Tony Solaita, forcing in a run and tying the score, before
striking out Ken Landreaux and Bobby Grich to end the threat. He then
retired the Angels in order in the ninth inning.
The Angels left the bases loaded in the first inning, the sixth
inning, seventh inning and the eighth inning. The Sox left seven men
on bases. It was their 29th victory in their last 39 games, going 21
games over .500 with the best record in the majors, 40-19.