THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 9
BLEEPIN' BUCKY DENT'S HOME RUN ...
Jim Rice bats the
Sox past the As
June 15, 1978
Jim Rice unloaded a game-tying two-run homer in the
seventh inning and then tripled home the two go-ahead runs in the
eighth inning, powering the Sox past the Oakland Athletics by a 7 to
Rice boosted his major league leading home run total to 21 and his
major league leading RBI total to 61. Rice, who had a two-run homer
and an RBI single in yesterday's game against the A's, struck out,
walked and then struck out again in his first three at bats against
Oakland starter, Steve Renko.
With the Sox down 3-1, Jerry Remy led off the seventh with a walk and
Rice followed with a line drive into the left field screen to tie the
game. Then, Butch Hobson doubled off the wall with one out, in the
eighth inning, after-which, Rick Burleson was walked intentionally.
Remy, who had three hits, struck out, but Rice slammed the ball into
the right field corner to score both runners, with a triple, that put
the Sox ahead 5-3. Carl Yastrzemski followed with a towering shot
just inside the Pesky Pole.
Mike Torrez went the distance for the Sox, winning his 10th game in
his last 12 decisions, despite giving up 12 hits and a pair of walks.
It was the Sox 7th consecutive victory and their 32nd in their last