Dwight Evans leads the Sox
back against Rollie Fingers

May 30, 1981 ... Dwight Evans bashed Rollie Fingersí pitch in the ninth inning for a three-run homer that tied today's game, 6-6, and set up the Red Sox' 10-inning, 7-6 triumph over the Brewers. The Brewers had appeared certain winners, carrying a 6-1 lead into the ninth inning, and even though the Red Sox reached Jamie Easterly for two runs, Fingers, Easterly's replacement, still held a 6-3 advantage with one out to go. But all that changed when Evans slammed a prodigious home run, his first ever off Fingers.

Nothing much good happened to Fingers. The home run was a crusher. Just as disastrous was a fielding misplay in the 10th, which was aggravated by an apparent umpiring mistake on a sacrifice bunt. Jim Rice had singled to open the inning. Joe Rudi followed with the bunt and was called safe at first base by Nick Bremigan.

Fingers bobbled the ball and thus was charged with an error when Rudi was called safe. That meant that when Rice moved to third on a fly ball, there was only one out, a much better situation for Dave Stapleton, because the infield had to be drawn in and he is a contact hitter. And he capitalized on it by poking the winning single.

Fingers was working in his third straight game. Buck Rodgers said that shouldn't have been a factor, but apparently it was, judging by the way the Brewer ace threw and fielded. As a result, the 34-year-old Fingers, who has appeared in 20 of the Brewers' 45 games this year, wound up with his second defeat instead of his 10th save.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

0

0

0

0

3

1

1

0

1

0

 

6

10

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

1

 

7

11

1

 

 

W-Mark Clear (7-0)
L-Rollie Fingers (1-2)
Attendance - 23,718

 2B-Lansford (Bost), Rudi (Bost), Money (Milw)

 3B-Brouhard (Milw)

 HR-Evans (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jerry Remy 2b 5 1 2 .368  

 

Dwight Evans rf 5 1 1 .335  

 

Carl Yastrzemski dh 4 0 0 .225  

 

Jim Rice lf 5 1 2 .286  

 

Joe Rudi 1b 3 2 1 .179  

 

Carney Lansford 3b 5 1 2 .341  

 

Dave Stapleton ss 5 0 1 .233  

 

Rich Gedman c 3 0 0 .243  

 

Dave Schmidt ph/c 1 1 1 .237  

 

Rick Miller cf 2 0 1 .287  

 

Tony Perez ph 0 0 0 .234  

 

Reid Nichols pr/cf 0 0 0 .227  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Frank Tanana 5.2 7 4 1 3  

 

Chuck Rainey 3.1 2 1 0 5  

 

Mark Clear 1 1 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1981 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 28 15 -

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers 26 19 3

 

 

New York Yankees 25 19 3 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 22 17 4

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

25 20 4

 

 

Detroit Tigers 22 24 7 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 16 31 14