THE SOX WIN THE AL EAST IN
FASHION, BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT ...
Ellis Burks' homers to earn
a doubleheader split
14, 1990 ... Well into their worst day of the
season, the Red Sox were rescued by Ellis Burks, whose three-run
homer with two outs in the eighth inning lifted his team to an 8-7
victory over the Royals, a split of a day-night doubleheader and a
sense that things are not as bad as they seem.
first game, the Sox were beaten, 2-1. A combined total of 61,450 watched at
Fenway Park. With Clemens gone, the Royals defeated the bullpen combination of
Rob Murphy (0-6, 6.42) and Reardon, who gave up both the tying (Willie Wilson)
and game-winning (Bill Pecota) hits in the eighth inning, but returned in the
nightcap to earn the save.
Burks stepped out of the dugout in the eighth inning of Game 2 to bat for Marty
Barrett against righthander Jay Baller. The Sox were down by 2 runs, the result
of John Marzano's bloop single off starter Kevin Appier.
entered the game and gave up an infield hit to Romine; shortstop Steve Jeltz
double-clutched the throw, allowing Romine to beat it out. Burks fell behind,
1-2, then pumped his 11th homer into the screen. Reardon struck out the last
batter of the game, Willie Wilson, for his 15th save.