Glenn Hoffman's great night leads the Sox
23, 1982 ... A Fenway Park crowd of 30,547 saw
the Red Sox complete a three- game sweep of the Tigers and extend
Detroit's losing streak to 10 games. This time Boston didn't need any
late-inning heroics or Detroit favors. Glenn Hoffman was the key
contributor as he collected three hits, drove in four runs and broke
a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
The Red Sox chased Tiger starter Jack Morris (8-8) and
wound up with 17 hits. Evans hit his fifth home run, a titantic shot in the
seventh, and his 19th double. The latter is more important, for it means he has
regained the sweep stroke that he has had trouble maintaining this year. Carl
Yastrzemski wound up with three more hits, raising his average to .325. Dennis
Eckersley (7-6) ended a three-game losing streak, with relief help from Bob
After a fast start (.324 in April), Hoffman has been
hitting .200. But his hitting spree couldn't have been more timely for the Red
Sox. His homer gave the Sox the lead for good. In the seventh, when the Red Sox
scored four runs, it was Hoffman who came through with a two- out, two-run,
The night started as if it would be a long one for both
teams. Eckersley had good stuff but poor location. Quicker than you can stay two
doubles and a sacrifice fly, the Sox were trailing, 2-0, in the first. But
Morris also was struggling. A single by Jerry Remy, a double by Evans and a
sacrifice fly by Jim Rice produced a run and started a three-run inning. Detroit
tied the game in the third, but the only real problem Boston faced after that
was in the sixth, when Eckersley had to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam.
Morris wasn't so lucky. He gave up a single to Dave
Stapleton with one out in the sixth. Then Hoffman connected on a 3-2 pitch with
two out for his fifth home run of the year, all of which have put Boston ahead.
It was his first homer since May 19.
The Sox chased Morris in the seventh with four more runs. A
walk to Jerry Remy and Evans' home run made it 7-3. The Sox got three more runs
against the Tiger bullpen, two off Kevin Saucier and one off Elias Sosa. Evans
doubled home the Sox' final run in the eighth.
But the Sox’ celebration was tempered by concern over
Carney Lansford, the defending American League batting champion, and how the Sox
will adjust without him for the next few weeks. He suffered a severely sprained
left ankle in the third inning in a collision at home plate while trying for an
inside-the-park home run. The ankle will be placed in a cast for 10 days; after
that, Lansford faces possibly two weeks of rehabilitation. That's a minimum of
three weeks on the sidelines.