The decline of the Red Sox was more than a tale about baseball; it was a complex story of business maneuvers and personality clashes off the playing field.
In the years since Buddy LeRoux was routed, Haywood Sullivan's own title has been reduced to that of simply "general partner." Though Sullivan is consulted on most matters, Harrington had the upper hand. The fate of the Red Sox was in the hands of John Harrington, a longtime Red Sox executive and Yawkey confidant. He was president of JRY Corp., the Yawkey firm that holds two of the general partner units. He coexisted, sometimes uneasily, with Sullivan, who owned the other general partner unit.
Associates of the two men characterized their relationship as strained but civil. The Harrington-Sullivan difficulties were described as just another phase in a protracted battle that has consumed the Red Sox from the time Sullivan, LeRoux and Mrs. Yawkey took over the team after the 1977 season.
Harrington cut down payroll and shed players he thought were problems before the 1993 season. The Sox dropped nearly $10 million in salary. Ellis Burks, the one-time superstar in waiting, was not tendered a contract because Harrington determined he was an injury risk. The club washed its hands of Wade Boggs, who hit only .259 in 1992. No longer a fan favorite, when he signed with the Yankees, Red Sox fans thought Boggs and New York deserved each other.
Roger Clemens and Frank Viola won 21 games and lost 21. Viola started 4-0 but suffered ankle and elbow injuries and finished 11-8. Clemens' season was hindered by elbow and groin problems and ended after in late September, when he complained of a sore elbow. Clemens was under the microscope all season, as the media daily pondered the question, "What's Wrong with Roger?"
He started 3-0 and was 7-5 when he threw 140 pitches to shut out Baltimore in early May. He then went on the disabled list with a groin problem and returned after the All-Star break to go 4-8 with a 5.44 ERA. Nobody could explain how a three-time Cy Young Award winner, the most consistent pitcher in baseball, was suddenly unable to win.
Last to fifth was not the real hope of Boston fans, though it was the likely reality. Center fielder Billy Hatcher and second baseman Scott Fletcher both overachieved, and the team benefited from an All-Star season by Mo Vaughn. During Boston's early tailspin, when it lost 16 of 19 games from May 31st thru June 20th, Fletcher was on the disabled list.
Andre Dawson brought class and character to the team, but his knees betrayed him. He had surgery in early May and missed 21 days. He was hitting .208 in mid June, but then began a steady rise that resulted in a .306 average after the All-Star break.
Early in spring training, management ate the contracts of Jack Clark and Matt Young, which totaled $4.3 million. They eventually found (but wished they hadn't) Ivan Calderon, who was acquired in a winter trade from Montreal. The elusive right fielder came to camp out of shape and with constant shoulder problems. He was eventually released on August 17th.
The Sox never rebounded from an offseason in which they built character but fell short on talent. Jeff Russell worked out well, earning 33 saves before suffering an ankle injury on August 28th. His value was soon realized. With Russell gone, the bullpen amassed a 5.49 ERA with only five saves and eight blown opportunities. Greg Harris, an excellent middle reliever, was not an excellent closer. He blew four saves and had a 7.77 ERA in September/October.
The Sox were just 6 1/2 games back entering September, and even though the bullpen disintegrated, their biggest mistake might have been standing pat at the trading deadline.
The season started brightly. The Sox went 5-2 on their opening trip to Kansas City and Texas, and on April 26th, Bill Clinton wore a Red Sox cap, which might have been the beginning of the end. But by June 20th, the Sox ended a 1-6 road trip and were 13 games back (30-38). Ownership was on the phone with Whitey Herzog, asking if he'd like to manage the team. For the second time in less than a year, details could not be worked out and Hobson was retained.
But there would be an upswing, triggered by the call-up of young righthander Aaron Sele.
The Sox went 7-3 on their second West Coast trip prior to the All-Star break and won 15 of 19, climbing to just three games back in the process. Once again, the Sox were the King of the Town. The Sox, 63-49 at the start of their homestand in August and 35-15 at Fenway. They then went 3-9 on the ensuing homestand. Heading into the final two games, the Sox had won just 7 of their last 28 games at Fenway.
There was still some entertainment to come. There was George Bell's failed punch at Aaron Sele in Chicago on September 6th and the hit of the year, Mo Vaughn sweeping in from first base with a blinding knockdown of Bell in the subsequent brawl. There was the "Fan Stole the Game" incident September 18th at Yankee Stadium, when 15-year-old Aaron Lemcke stormed the field at the precise moment Harris was delivering the final out to Mike Stanley. It was another character-building test in a season full of them.
The LastSox of 1992, the laughingstocks of the American League East, started the 1993 season on April 5th with a near-perfect 3-1 victory over the defensive-minded Kansas City Royals in Kansas City. They got the seldom-seen timely hit, a bases-loaded triple by Mike Greenwell in the fifth inning that erased a 1-0 deficit; they got flawless defense, with the prime pickers being Greenwell, Luis Rivera and Mo Vaughn; and they got a four-pitch save from much-maligned closer Jeff Russell.
Roger Clemens' eight-inning effort (6 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts) wasn't without a scare. In the eighth, Felix Jose lined a ball off Clemens' right thigh. Butch Hobson and the medical staff quickly poured out, but Clemens was fine, finishing the eighth and then giving way to Russell, who was going to come in for the ninth anyway.
The Red Sox, took their first two games at Royals Stadium thanks to Frank Viola's 3-2 victory the next night, April 6th, over his former Mets teammate, David Cone. Viola, who allowed four hits and threw only 84 pitches in eight innings, proved he was no slouch as he followed up Clemens' 3-1 Opening Day victory.
After scoring eight runs in the first two innings, the Red Sox held on to defeat the Royals, 9-4, sweeping their first series at Kansas City in 25 years. It also marked the first time the Sox had started a season 3-0 on the road since the 1946 American League champions left Washington having accomplished that feat.
Roger Clemens shut down the potent Texas Rangers on April 10th. His teammates ripped 14 hits, 12 of them singles, to support Roger in a 10-2 win. The Worst-to-First Red Sox, 4-1 after five games, flourished on what was supposed to be a dreadful road trip to two ballparks where they have traditionally struggled.
On April 13th, after being rained out the day before, the Sox enjoyed a 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians before 29,606 assembled for Opening Day at Fenway Park. It wasn't raining, though the skies were ominous, and the Red Sox' outlook was sunny. This was quite a difference from last year's Opening Day, when half the team was booed during introductions and the Sox went on to lose Frank Viola's first start before the home fans.
But the Sox beat the Indians behind Viola's seven strong innings in which he allowed just one run on seven hits to improve his record to 2-0 and lower his ERA to 1.20. Viola, vowing to reduce his walks from the 89 he had last year, had issued one base on balls in 15 innings. He hit two batters while trying to come inside, but his control was pinpoint for the most part. The Boston offense continued to produce, banging out 10 hits, eight of them off lefty Jeff Mutis, who allowed five runs in six innings.
Andre Dawson had his right knee drained before the game. It was what he most wanted to avoid this season. Draining knees means they are hurting, there's fluid build-up. So Dawson's Fenway debut was as a designated hitter. He went 1 for 4 and for a heartbeat nearly allowed the fans to see history when he belted a foul ball that would have been the 400th home run of his career had it stayed fair.
It seems almost preposterous to think of a Red Sox team collecting 18 hits in a game without one home run. But that was the feat on April 14th as the Sox dismantled the Cleveland Indians, 12-7. Mo Vaughn appeared to have arrived. He had his first four-hit game and drove in four runs, collecting two of the club's nine doubles, including one off the Green Monster. Scott Cooper threw in a 4-for-4 effort and knocked in three runs. Billy Hatcher, Mike Greenwell and Carlos Quintana all contributed a pair of hits as the Sox chalked up their highest run and double totals since. Meanwhile, the once-beleaguered Butch Hobson continued to push all the right buttons, and the result is Boston's best start (6-2) in 38 years.
In the second inning of April 15th’s electric, 4-3, 13-inning Red Sox victory, Andre Dawson hit home run No. 400 while playing the new role of designated hitter. His 400th was his first as a DH, his first as an American Leaguer and his first in the direction of a Citgo sign. His 400th homer was a line shot into the screen monster over Fenway's left-field wall.
Joe Hesketh shook off six walks in the first four innings and tossed eight three-hit innings of shutout ball before watching Tony Fossas and Jeff Russell finish the White Sox off, Hesketh improved to 2-0 on April 17th. Meanwhile, Boston bats banged out 11 hits and three more doubles. The Red Sox had 27 doubles to lead the AL.
Following a 4-0 win over the White Sox on April 18th behind Frank Viola's nine-hitter, that improved the Sox record to 9-3, the meter was teetering toward "believe," and the first signs of pennant-fever hysteria were showing.
John Dopson pitched his first major league shutout in six years and after 13 games, the Red Sox had the best record in baseball. That's exactly what came to pass on April 19th at Fenway Park. It was enough to see a 10-hit assault that chased one of Chicago's best pitchers, Alex Fernandez, and gave the surprising Red Sox a 6-1 home stand. In the ninth inning, the Fenway Faithful found themselves cheering wildly for Dopson, who completed a three-hitter, and his first complete-game victory. Dopson had completed only three games in 91 major league start. It was the Sox’ best start since 1952. The victory was the first on Patriots Day since 1989.
In Seattle, on night when Roger Clemens was physically subpar, the Red Sox broke open a 1-1 game with homers by John Valentin and Mike Greenwell in the seventh and eighth innings for a 5-2 win over the Mariners on April 20th.
The Red Sox were no-hit by Mariners' righthander Chris Bosio, 7-0, on April 22nd. Randy Johnson four-hit the Red Sox the night before and Bosio, pitching on three days' rest, recorded 27 straight outs after allowing two walks to start the game. Ground balls accounted for 17 of the outs. It was the first no-hitter against Boston in nearly a decade, since Dave Righetti struck out Wade Boggs for the final out at Yankee Stadium July 4, 1983.
By being three-hit the next night against Mark Langston in a 4-1 loss to the California Angels, the Red Sox had been shut out, no-hit and scored one run in their last 28 innings.
Roger Clemens hinted that he was more concerned about his right elbow than he let on when he indicated he could pitch in the game on April 25th, after falling to the Angels, 3-1. Also, after the game, Andre Dawson had his right knee drained for the second time this season.
On April 28th, the Red Sox snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Bookend victories to start and end their West Coast trip, perhaps eased the sting of the unmitigated 0-6 disaster in between.
Back at Fenway, John Valentin had a two-homer outburst and five RBIs while John Dopson stifled the California Angels, 6-1, on April 20th for Sox’ second straight win. It was the first two-homer game by a Sox regular shortstop at Fenway since Rico Petrocelli did it against the Yankees June 18, 1970. The Sox finished April with a 13-9 record, 2 games out of first.
A bionic effort by Roger Clemens and the clutch hitting of Scott Fletcher made the Sox appreciate each segment of Boston's 3-1 victory over the Angels, which left remnants of their six-game losing streak a distant memory. The game on May 1st, added to the legend of Clemens, diagnosed two days prior, with a pulled flexor muscle in his right elbow by Dr. Arthur Pappas, Clemens, who had pitched with discomfort for three starts and had an extra day of rest prior to today's win, struck out 11. In his last three starts, Clemens was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA. He had struck out 25 in 22 1/3 innings and walked only five. He threw 133 pitches, which didn't concern Clemens or Pappas.
Swept in a three-game series in Anaheim, last weekend, the Sox gained a measure of revenge by scratching out a 4-3 victory on May 2nd, completing its first three-game sweep of the Angels at Fenway Park since 1978. In addition, the Red Sox ran their home record to 9-1, their best start since this hallowed park opened in 1912.
The Sox lost two straight to Seattle and then newcomer, Ivan Calderone, banged out three hits and knocked in two runs as the Red Sox edged the A's, 3-1, at Fenway on May 5th. Andre Dawson was placed on the 15-day disabled list and would undergo his eighth knee operation, the fifth on his right knee. The Sox were also without Roger Clemens, who had a sore elbow, and Frank Viola, who turned an ankle.
Danny Darwin complicated the lives of the Brewers and pitched eight shutout innings on May 7th, and got a one-inning assist from Jeff Russell to blank Milwaukee, 1-0, in a splendid pitchers' duel with Bill Wegman.
After losing 2 of 3 in Milwaukee, the Red Sox got off to a respectable start this year, but slowly and surely the offense started to go, then the defense. If not for the reality of parity in the American League, the Red Sox, who were now 17-14, 7-10 on the road, might have been in deep trouble. But Boston kept hanging around the top of the AL East with an offense that had scored 10 runs in the last five games (coinciding with the loss of Andre Dawson).
The Red Sox were 11-3 after beating Seattle back on April 20h. Since then, they were 7-12. Too often they have looked like the listless Sox of 1992.
In Baltimore the Red Sox stranded 12 runners. They had 16 in all and managed one run on May 10th. Then the standstill offense suddenly started moving against the Orioles on May 11th, and the Red Sox were scoring more than three runs and Roger Clemens struck out 13 and five-hit Baltimore, before 46,450 fans, the largest crowd in Oriole Park at Camden Yards history. Clemens (5-2), who threw 143 pitches.
Danny Darwin turned in his second consecutive shutout outing (7 2/3 innings) on May 12th to improve his record to 3-4. Coupled with the relief work of Greg Harris and Jeff Russell, the Red Sox to outdueled Fernando Valenzuela and the Orioles, 2-0, their second shutout of Baltimore in a row.
Trailing, 4-0, after four innings, they seemed to be the same old Red Sox, unaffected by manager Butch Hobson's tongue-lashing. From the fifth inning on, the Sox no longer stunk. They went on to beat the Minnesota Twins, 11-5, on May 16th, unleashing a 17-hit attack that was highlighted by a six-run seventh inning. It was Boston's first win (1-16) when trailing entering the seventh. The Red Sox went 4-5 on their road trip, before returning home.
On May 19th, it was Dave Stewart's turn, and he took a pounding in a 10-5 Red Sox victory that wouldn't soon be forgotten. Stewart was tagged for 10 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings, during which he surrendered seven hits and five walks. It was a brutal beating for a man who had long dominated the Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays could do little against righthander Danny Darwin (4-4), who left after seven innings with a 10-1 lead.
In the first game of a Yankees-Red Sox revival, a 7-2 Boston win, with a standing-room-only crowd at Fenway Park on May 21st, rekindled feelings about the rivalry that had become dormant because of a lack of competition. After Mo Vaughn's two-run homer in the seventh, followed by an Ivan Calderon triple, the fans had little to do while waiting for a pitching change. So they revived the old "Yankees suck!" chant that had been missing here for so long.
It featured the storybook return of Wade Boggs, who went 4 for 4 with a walk. Meanwhile, the Sox treated their fans to things they weren't accustomed to, a home run by Vaughn, ending an 87-inning Sox long-ball drought at Fenway; five stolen bases, including a theft of home by Calderon, who took off for the plate while Yankee lefthander Neal Heaton was throwing to first trying to keep Billy Hatcher close in the seventh; and a Tony Fossas pickoff of Mike Humphreys at second base.
The Red Sox and Roger Clemens were 7-3 losers to the New York Yankees on May 22nd. In his last nine starts at Fenway, Clemens was 1-7 with a 5.55 ERA. Mo Vaughn's two homers the next day inspired a 5-2 victory over the hated Yankees taking two of three games from New York and ended their homestand 3-3 against the Blue Jays and Yankees.
In Detroit on May 24th, the Sox took a 6-5 win over the Tigers in 10 innings. They squandered a 5-1 eighth-inning lead, but Bob Zupcic's double to left-center off Bob MacDonald scored Scott Cooper, who had tripled to center with two outs, with the winning run.
After losing two of three in Detroit, the Sox returned home and in a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers, good old Roger Clemens was back with a vengeance on May 28th. Hard and fast with a two-hit, 11-strikeout, eight-inning performance that ended his Fenway struggles dating back to August 1992. Most days, a 15-1 victory over the Texas Rangers would satisfy the appetites of the Fenway Faithful. But the next day Fenway Park offered a tasty dessert. Would you believe slugger Jose Canseco pitching against the Red Sox? It happened in the eighth inning, as Canseco allowed three runs on two hits and three walks.
On May 30th, thanks to a couple of guys deep in the batting order, catcher Bob Melvin and shortstop John Valentin and some ninth-inning wildness from Texas reliever Tom Henke, the Red Sox made it a three-game sweep of the Rangers, 6-5, on Valentin's 12th-inning double that scored Tony Pena. The Sox and Clemens then lost three straight to Kansas City.
Untimely hitting, putrid defense and second-guessed managerial decisions were the bottom line in a 5-4 loss to the Indians on June 8th, who won on a walk-off single to right off Jeff Russell. The Red Sox had a 4-0 lead and Roger Clemens squandered it. They had a chance to win in the ninth but got a runner thrown out at the plate on a shallow fly to left. They had a chance to hold the Indians in the bottom of the ninth, but an error opened the floodgates, then a grounder on a slow, soaked infield got past a diving Mo Vaughn to set up the game-winning hit. The Sox, who had lost 6 of 7, were now .500 (28-28) for the first time in 1993.
The Red Sox hammered out a 4-2 victory on June 13th at Fenway Park, ending a seven-game losing streak, as Clemens allowed six hits and struck out nine in eight innings. They salvaged the final game of a four-game series and stopped Baltimore's 10-game winning streak.
A 7-1 win over the Yankees on June 16th was only the third for the Red Sox in 15 games. Then the Sox lost four straight in Toronto and were 13 games behind.
Billy Hatcher was the right person in the right place in the fourth inning of a rain-soaked game at Fenway on June 21st. His three-run homer gave the Sox the cushion they needed in an eventual 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. It helped Boston end a four-game losing streak, and more important, gave life to an offense that lately hasn't been able to overpower anybody.
The next night Mike Greenwell gave the Red Sox all the runs necessary in the first inning with a two-run homer, just his fifth of the season and first at Fenway Park since 1991. Greenwell also had a double in the eighth inning, as the Red Sox rolled to a 4-1 victory over the slumping Minnesota Twins, their second win in a row after four straight losses.
Aaron Sele won his first game in the bigs without his best stuff on June 23rd. After the Red Sox' 3-1 victory over Minnesota was safely recorded in the books he admitted his curveball got him off the hook. He went seven full, and the only run the Twins got came on a two-out error.
Just when fans thought it was safe to use their Red Sox season tickets to fire up the barbecue, manager Butch Hobson's team was suddenly looking good. The 13-4 romp past the Tigers at Fenway Park on June 26th was their fifth straight victory, the longest such streak in Hobson's short major league managerial career. Frank Viola didn't get the decision in the Red Sox' 13-4 win over the Tigers the next day. Normally, that wouldn't be a big deal. But Viola hadn't won a game since April 28th in Oakland, a span of 10 starts that had left him with a less-than-impressive 4-7 record.
Andre Dawson's home run, a 300-foot bloop to right field, might have been a harmless foul ball in many ballparks. Mike Greenwell's home run was quite the opposite a 420-oot-plus drive into the centerfield bleachers. The Sox after sweeping the Detroit Tigers, following an 8-2 win now had a six-game winning streak, which made them the hottest team in baseball after the Baltimore Orioles, who had won six straight. They outscored the Tigers, 29-6, in the series, and moved out of last place in the American League in runs scored. They had 299 to Minnesota's 298.
The Sox became heart-stoppers, winning their seventh straight when Scott Cooper hit a roller up the middle through a double-play-depth infield that scored two runs in the ninth to win Boston's most dramatic game of the season on June 28th. It was only the second time this season the Sox ha won while trailing in the ninth inning.
The Red Sox shellacked the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-2, on June 30th, finishing up an 8-1 homestand on which they reduced the distance to first place in the American League East from thirteen games to nine.
Roger Clemens, who was on the 15-day disabled list, did not accompany the Red Sox on their charter flight to Seattle. Frank Viola was awful again in the first game at Seattle. But this time he got plenty of support in the five innings he worked but not much from the bullpen as the Red Sox barely held on for a 9-8 win at the Kingdome.
In a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome
on July 3rd, Andre Dawson ripped a solo home run in the
ninth inning to assure the Red Sox of their 10th victory
in 11 games. Scott Fletcher, Billy Hatcher and
all came through in the clutch at various times.
Fletcher scored twice and Hatcher once.
a pair of runs with a double in the seventh inning.
On the strength of four hits by Billy Hatcher, including a two-run homer in the ninth and a sacrifice fly scoring Bob Melvin with the winning run in the 11th, the Red Sox claimed their fifth straight victory and 12th in their last 13 games, 4-3, over the California Angels on July 5th. The Sox had pulled within five games of American League East leading Toronto, who lost their fifth straight. Boston had moved up eight games in the standings over the last two weeks.
Mo Vaughn went to work with a vengeance at the expense of another would-be phenom, rookie Todd Van Poppel. The first baseman's five-RBI performance propelled the Sox to an 11-9 victory over the Athletics on July 8th. He drove in four runs in the first inning with one swing by smashing a shot over the fence in left-center for his team-high 13th homer of the season.
Aaron Sele pitched just five innings in Oakland on July 10th and needed relief help from veteran Greg Harris in a 5-0 victory over the A's. The Red Sox' 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the final game, which completed a 7-3 road trip left Boston in the thick of the American League East race 3 games behind. Scott Fletcher drove in the winning run in the seventh inning off loser Bobby Witt.
At the All Star Game, Scott Cooper of the Red Sox entered the game as a defensive replacement for Wade Boggs. He went 0 for 2, flying to left and striking out.
On July 16th Roger Clemens made his first start in 28 days. Clemens, who improved to 97-33 after a Red Sox loss, was all right. He pitched six innings, allowed four hits and walked two batters. He threw 103 pitches, about 13 more than Butch Hobson and Rich Gale would have liked, but Clemens wanted to go at least six innings.
It was the bottom of the ninth in a
1-1 game when Scott Cooper, who claims he has hit "maybe
five or six" balls to the left-field corner in the last
two years, slapped one there against Angels reliever Gene
Nelson, triggering a rally than ended with a 2-1 walk-off
win on July 20th.
The Red Sox rose to second place with a 9-7 victory over the Oakland A's on July 22nd. The game featured six errors, four by the A's, who made just as many mental errors. The Sox took advantage of situations that they would have dropped the ball on three weeks ago.
On July 23rd, with one swing of the bat, Bob Zupcic converted Boston fans into Zuppies for the Sox' 8th straight win. And that same swing vaulted the Red Sox into first place for the first time since May 2nd, .0011 ahead of the Blue Jays (.5521 to .5510). Zupcic, who had come into the game to pinch-run for Andre Dawson in the eighth, belted a fastball from Goose Gossage off the left-center-field wall in the bottom of the 10th to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Oakland A's.
The Red Sox, stayed in first place following a 5-3 win over the Oakland A's the next game and had won their ninth straight game. Luis Rivera hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Sox a 5-2 lead. Ernie Riles belted his fourth homer, the back end of consecutive blasts in the second inning with Scott Cooper, whose seventh was a two-run blast into the bleachers, 433 feet away.
Hundreds stood outside Fenway Park, when the team bus was about to carry the first-place Red Sox to the airport and on to Milwaukee. They cheered every player as he stepped onto the bus. It was a scene reserved for those pennant-winning years of 1967, 1975 and 1986, when fans waited at the airport and the ballpark for their beloved team to surface, just to get a glimpse and cheer.
When the Red Sox left for Milwaukee after taking an 8-1 win over the Oakland A's on July 25th, their 10th straight, it seemed the Green Monster was weeping. It had seen 30 Red Sox doubles smacked to various parts of the field during the homestand, many in its direction. It would miss the .316 average over the past 11 games and the eight homers. The whole town didn't want its team to leave.
Andre Dawson entered the game batting
.400 with four runs scored and five runs batted in seven
of his previous eight games. The Sox notched 25 wins in
their last 30 games.
With home runs from
Mo Vaughn, Billy
Hatcher and Ernest Riles, the Sox bats simply overpowered
the pesky Brewers in a 7-3 victory at County Stadium on
July 29th. The Sox split the four-game series to stay 1
1/2 games behind front-running Toronto in the AL East.
Aaron Sele continued to display the savvy of a poised veteran in leading the Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome on August 4th. He became the 20th pitcher in Red Sox history to start a season 6-0, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on nine hits.
Roger Clemens, the three-time Cy Young Award winner dropped to 9-8, getting shelled for three homers in four innings as Detroit pounded the Red Sox, 5-1 at Tiger Stadium on August 6th.
The Sox moved within one game of American League East leader Toronto, improving their record on this trip to 7-5, behind the four-hit pitching of Danny Darwin, who improved to 11-8. But with only four hits on August 7th, the Sox were hitting a buck ninety-nine (.199) over the last 12 games.
The Red Sox-Yankee Revival '93 began making brand new memories on August 10th with a 5-0 Boston romp over the Bronx Bombers, who were held in check by lefthanders Frank Viola and Joe Hesketh. Sixth-inning homers by Mo Vaughn and John Valentin headed the attack. Viola left the game after six innings with elbow stiffness, which he has experienced periodically in his last four starts. In an 8-3 Yankee win the next night, the pinstripers pounded Sox pitching for 11 hits on a night when Roger Clemens was subpar again. The Red Sox lost the rubber game of this three-game Fenway Park series, 4-1. Matt Young held Boston to two hits over 7 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox reshuffled their lineup to produce 10 timely hits on behalf of Danny Darwin in a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on August 11th. That congested the American League East even more as Toronto dropped into a first-place tie with the Yankees and the Sox climbed within a game.
But the Sox lost the next two games to the Jays and in the last three series had gone up against legitimate thumpers from Detroit, New York and Toronto. Every day, Boston's lineup was grossly overmatched by the nine guys on the other side. Heroic Sox pitchers were asked to make up the difference. The Red Sox needed a hitter. They batted .218 on the 13-game road trip that led into the week-long Fenway Festival of contenders. In games with the Yankees and Jays, the Sox were hitting .236 (38 for 161) and have won only twice. The Townies ranked ninth in American League hitting. No AL team had fewer homers than the Red Sox.
Danny Darwin (13-8) chased immortality with 7 1/3 no-hit innings on August 18th before Dan Pasqua hit a ball deep to center out of the reach of Billy Hatcher, off the wall for a triple. That was the only blemish on his pitching log for the evening, a 5-0 one-hitter of the White Sox.
There weren't a lot of happy faces around Fenway Park after the Red Sox went down to a 3-2 series sweep at the hands of the Indians on August 22nd. It wasn't just losing for the fourth straight time, the Sox were playing their worst baseball of the year, at a time when they need every victory. The Red Sox were 3-9 on a homestand and seemed totally out of sync.
The stopper of the team, Danny Darwin, pitched a complete game on August 24th and lost, 4-3, to the Texas Rangers. A revised Red Sox lineup slammed 12 hits, but left eight men on base, five in scoring position, as they succumbed for the fifth straight time and eighth time in nine games. The next night they lost again and were 7 1/2 games behind and in 5th place.
On August 27th,
Roger Clemens, had finally risen to the
occasion following a 5-0 win over the Royals, a combined
Roger, Greg Harris and Scott Bankhead. The Sox
collected 11 hits and put the game away with four runs in
the eighth, their most productive inning since July 30th
against Baltimore. The main event was the return to form
Clemens, who held the opposition scoreless for the
first time since May 11th vs. Baltimore.
August ended with an alarming trend as Roger Clemens lost, 8-1, to the Texas Rangers at Fenway. His record fell below .500 to 10-11 and his ERA soared to 4.06. September started the same way, as the Sox fell to the Rangers, 9-7, in 12 innings and plunged 7 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the American League East.
Their September Song has become a series of sour notes for Roger Clemens and the Red Sox, who left town losers of five straight games at Fenway Park after September 5th’s sobering 5-2 defeat to Kansas City. That was a sweep by the Royals and 6 of 7 games lost by the Old Towne Team. Now 7 1/2 games out of first place, the Sox took their disappearing act on the road, with their ace struggling for consistency and victories, and their offense stuck in neutral with their recent home record abysmal.
Mike Greenwell pounced on the first pitch and singled to left, driving in Billy Hatcher for a 5-4 nightcap win and a doubleheader split on September 10th. The hit temporarily saved the Sox season. They were nearly dead after losing the mistake-filled opener, 7-4, when Roger Clemens was victimized by thorough lack of support. As it was, the Sox dropped six games behind first-place Toronto.
Tim Naehring's two-run single in the sixth inning erased a 4-3 deficit and sparked Boston to a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles back at Fenway on September 13th. Naehring had been nothing short of magnificent at the plate. He began the weekend with a .174 average, and was now at .309, and with three hits in four at-bats (including a double).
One problem the Sox were having was a sudden inability to score at Fenway Park, where they had lost five in a row. After being one of baseball's best home teams through July, the Sox had dropped to 39-29 at Fenway. They went 20-7 at home in July but only 11-16 in August and began September 4-7.
The confidence that was once Roger Clemens turned into rookie nervousness. He was pitching now like he did as a rookie, throwing 93-95 m.p.h., but with no idea where the ball is going. In his 300th major league start on September 15th, he won his first game in which he has not pitched six innings, earning a 6-5 decision over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway.
Clemens, 11-13 with a 4.46 ERA, lasted five innings, allowed six hits, five runs and three walks, hit a batter and committed a balk. After 95 pitches, he left because of elbow stiffness. Though speculation was that his slump caused by elbow problems. In his last 11 starts, he was 2-7 with a 6.38 ERA.
The Red Sox' chase for the 1993 American League East title, which after a big surge hardly seemed like a chase at all, ended on September 24th. Mike Greenwell delivered the decisive hit in the Sox' 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. But the Toronto Blue Jays ended Boston's chances, defeating the Yankees to mathematically eliminate the Sox.
|04/05/1993||1-0||1st||-||at Kansas City Royals||W||3-1||Roger Clemens||1-0|
|04/07/1993||2-0||1st||+1||at Kansas City Royals||W||3-2||Frank Viola||1-0|
|04/08/1993||3-0||1st||+1||at Kansas City Royals||W||9-4||Scott Bankhead||1-0|
|04/09/1993||3-1||1st||+1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||3-1||John Dopson||0-1|
|04/10/1993||4-1||1st||+1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||10-2||Roger Clemens||2-0|
|04/11/1993||4-2||1st||+1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||4-1||Danny Darwin||0-1|
|04/13/1993||5-2||1st||+1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||6-2||Frank Viola||2-0|
|04/14/1993||6-2||1st||+1||Cleveland Indians||W||12-7||Joe Hesketh||1-0|
|04/15/1993||7-2||1st||+1 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||4-3||Paul Quantrill||1-0|
|04/16/1993||7-3||1st||+1||Chicago White Sox||L||9-4||Danny Darwin||0-2|
|04/17/1993||8-3||1st||+1 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||8-3||Joe Hesketh||2-0|
|04/18/1993||9-3||1st||+1 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||4-0||Frank Viola||3-0|
|04/19/1993||10-3||1st||+2 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||6-0||John Dopson||1-1|
|04/20/1993||11-3||1st||+2 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||5-2||Roger Clemens||3-0|
|04/21/1993||11-4||1st||+1 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||5-0||Danny Darwin||0-3|
|04/22/1993||11-5||1st||+1||at Seattle Mariners||L||7-0||Joe Hesketh||2-1|
|04/23/1993||11-6||1st||-||at California Angels||L||4-1||Frank Viola||3-1|
|04/24/1993||11-7||2nd||-1||at California Angels||L||8-5||Scott Bankhead||1-1|
|04/25/1993||11-8||2nd||-2||at California Angels||L||2-1||Roger Clemens||3-1|
|04/27/1993||11-9||4th||-2 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||7-2||Danny Darwin||0-4|
|04/28/1993||12-9||2nd||-1 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||3-1||Frank Viola||4-1|
|04/30/1993||13-9||2nd||-2||California Angels||W||6-1||John Dopson||2-1|
|05/01/1993||14-9||2nd||-1||California Angels||W||3-1||Roger Clemens||4-1|
|05/02/1993||15-9||1st||-||California Angels||W||4-3||Danny Darwin||1-4|
|05/03/1993||15-10||2nd||-1/2||Seattle Mariners||L||2-0||Frank Viola||4-2|
|05/04/1993||15-11||3rd||-1 1/2||Seattle Mariners||L||7-6||Joe Hesketh||2-2|
|05/05/1993||16-11||2nd||-1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||3-1||Paul Quantrill||2-0|
|05/06/1993||16-12||2nd||-1||Oakland Athletics||L||6-3||Roger Clemens||4-2|
|05/07/1993||17-12||2nd||-1||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||1-0||Danny Darwin||2-4|
|05/08/1993||17-13||2nd||-1||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||6-3||Paul Quantrill||2-1|
|05/09/1993||17-14||3rd||-1||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||6-0||Joe Hesketh||2-3|
|05/10/1993||17-15||3rd||-2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||2-1||Paul Quantrill||2-2|
|05/11/1993||18-15||3rd||-2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||4-0||Roger Clemens||5-2|
|05/12/1993||19-15||2nd||-2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||2-0||Danny Darwin||3-4|
|05/14/1993||19-16||2nd||-2 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||4-3||Frank Viola||4-3|
|05/15/1993||19-17||3rd||-3 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||7-4||John Dopson||2-2|
|05/16/1993||20-17||2nd||-2 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||W||11-5||Joe Hesketh||3-3|
|05/17/1993||20-18||3rd||-3||Toronto Blue Jays||L||9-3||Roger Clemens||5-3|
|05/18/1993||20-18||3rd||-3 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||pp|
|05/19/1993||21-18||3rd||-3 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||10-5||Danny Darwin||4-4|
|05/20/1993||21-19||3rd||-4 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||4-3||Paul Quantrill||2-3|
|05/21/1993||22-19||3rd||-3 1/2||New York Yankees||W||7-2||John Dopson||3-2|
|05/22/1993||22-20||4th||-4 1/2||New York Yankees||L||7-3||Roger Clemens||5-4|
|05/23/1993||23-20||4th||-4 1/2||New York Yankees||W||5-2||Greg Harris||1-0|
|05/24/1993||24-20||3rd||-3 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||6-5||Ken Ryan||1-0|
|05/25/1993||24-21||4th||-4 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||4-1||Frank Viola||4-4|
|05/26/1993||24-22||4th||-5 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||4-2||John Dopson||3-3|
|05/28/1993||25-22||4th||-4 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||4-1||Roger Clemens||6-4|
|05/29/1993||26-22||4th||-4 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||15-1||Danny Darwin||5-4|
|05/30/1993||27-22||4th||-3 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||6-5||Jose Melendez||1-0|
|05/31/1993||27-23||4th||-4||Kansas City Royals||L||5-3||John Dopson||3-4|
|06/01/1993||27-24||4th||-4||Kansas City Royals||L||4-3||Paul Quantrill||2-4|
|06/02/1993||27-25||4th||-4||Kansas City Royals||L||7-2||Roger Clemens||6-5|
|06/04/1993||28-25||4th||-3 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||1-0||Greg Harris||2-0|
|06/05/1993||28-26||4th||-4 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||11-3||Frank Viola||4-5|
|06/06/1993||28-27||4th||-5 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||4-3||Jose Melendez||1-1|
|06/07/1993||28-27||4th||-5||at Cleveland Indians||pp|
|06/08/1993||28-28||4th||-6||at Cleveland Indians||L||5-4||Greg Harris||2-1|
|06/09/1993||28-29||4th||-7||at Cleveland Indians||L||3-2||Danny Darwin||5-5|
|06/10/1993||28-30||5th||-8||Baltimore Orioles||L||2-1||Frank Viola||4-6|
|06/11/1993||28-31||5th||-9||Baltimore Orioles||L||16-4||John Dopson||3-5|
|06/12/1993||28-32||5th||-10||Baltimore Orioles||L||5-1||Greg Harris||2-2|
|06/13/1993||29-32||5th||-9||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-2||Roger Clemens||7-5|
|06/14/1993||29-33||5th||-10||at New York Yankees||L||4-0||Danny Darwin||5-6|
|06/15/1993||29-34||5th||-11||at New York Yankees||L||9-7||Frank Viola||4-7|
|06/16/1993||30-34||5th||-10||at New York Yankees||W||7-1||John Dopson||4-5|
|06/17/1993||30-35||5th||-11||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||7-0||Paul Quantrill||2-5|
|06/18/1993||30-36||5th||-11||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||11-2||Roger Clemens||7-6|
|06/19/1993||30-37||5th||-12||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||9-4||Danny Darwin||5-7|
|06/20/1993||30-38||5th||-13||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||3-2||Jeff Russell||0-1|
|06/21/1993||31-38||5th||-12 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||6-3||John Dopson||5-5|
|06/22/1993||32-38||5th||-11 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||4-1||Paul Quantrill||3-5|
|06/23/1993||33-38||5th||-10 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||3-1||Aaron Sele||1-0|
|06/25/1993||34-38||5th||-9||Detroit Tigers||W||8-2||Danny Darwin||6-7|
|06/26/1993||35-38||5th||-9||Detroit Tigers||W||13-4||Jose Melendez||2-1|
|06/27/1993||36-38||5th||-9||Detroit Tigers||W||8-2||John Dopson||6-5|
|06/28/1993||37-38||5th||-9||Milwaukee Brewers||W||4-3||Greg Harris||3-2|
|06/29/1993||37-39||5th||-10||Milwaukee Brewers||L||7-6||Greg Harris||3-3|
|06/30/1993||38-39||5th||-9||Milwaukee Brewers||W||12-2||Danny Darwin||7-7|
|07/02/1993||39-39||5th||-8||at Seattle Mariners||W||9-8||Frank Viola||5-7|
|07/03/1993||40-39||5th||-7||at Seattle Mariners||W||6-5||Greg Harris||4-3|
|07/04/1993||41-39||5th||-6||at Seattle Mariners||W||6-0||Paul Quantrill||4-5|
|07/05/1993||42-39||5th||-5||at California Angels||W||4-3||Ken Ryan||2-0|
|07/06/1993||42-40||5th||-6||at California Angels||L||3-2||Joe Hesketh||3-4|
|07/07/1993||42-41||5th||-6||at California Angels||L||7-6||Jeff Russell||0-2|
|07/08/1993||43-41||5th||-5||at Oakland Athletics||W||11-9||John Dopson||7-5|
|07/09/1993||43-42||5th||-5||at Oakland Athletics||L||4-2||Paul Quantrill||4-6|
|07/10/1993||44-42||5th||-4||at Oakland Athletics||W||5-0||Aaron Sele||2-0|
|07/11/1993||45-42||5th||-3||at Oakland Athletics||W||3-2||Danny Darwin||8-7|
|07/12/1993||All Star Game Break|
|07/15/1993||45-43||5th||-4||Seattle Mariners||L||3-2||Frank Viola||5-8|
|07/16/1993||46-43||5th||-3||Seattle Mariners||W||5-3||Roger Clemens||8-6|
|07/17/1993||47-43||5th||-2||Seattle Mariners||W||4-3||Danny Darwin||9-7|
|07/18/1993||48-43||5th||-2||Seattle Mariners||W||7-6||Ken Ryan||3-0|
|07/19/1993||49-43||5th||-2||California Angels||W||8-6||Aaron Sele||3-0|
|07/20/1993||50-43||4th||-1 1/2||California Angels||W||2-1||Tony Fossas||1-0|
|07/21/1993||51-43||3rd||-1||California Angels||W||4-1||Roger Clemens||9-6|
|07/22/1993||52-43||2nd||-1||Oakland Athletics||W||9-7||Ken Ryan||4-0|
|07/23/1993||53-43||1st||-||Oakland Athletics||W||6-5||Greg Harris||5-3|
|07/24/1993||54-43||1st||-||Oakland Athletics||W||5-3||Aaron Sele||4-0|
|07/25/1993||55-43||1st||-||Oakland Athletics||W||8-1||Frank Viola||6-8|
|07/26/1993||55-44||2nd||-1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||3-2||Jeff Russell||0-3|
|07/27/1993||55-45||3rd||-1 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||3-2||Danny Darwin||9-8|
|07/28/1993||56-45||3rd||-1 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||8-4||Greg Harris||6-3|
|07/29/1993||57-45||3rd||-1 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||7-3||Aaron Sele||5-0|
|07/30/1993||58-45||3rd||-1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||8-7||Paul Quantrill||5-6|
|07/31/1993||58-46||3rd||-1 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||4-0||Roger Clemens||9-7|
|08/01/1993||59-46||3rd||-1 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||2-1||Danny Darwin||10-8|
|08/03/1993||59-47||2nd||-3||at Minnesota Twins||L||6-1||John Dopson||7-6|
|08/04/1993||60-47||2nd||-2||at Minnesota Twins||W||5-4||Aaron Sele||6-0|
|08/05/1993||61-47||2nd||-1||at Minnesota Twins||W||2-1||Frank Viola||7-8|
|08/06/1993||61-48||2nd||-2||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-1||Roger Clemens||9-8|
|08/07/1993||62-48||2nd||-1||at Detroit Tigers||W||4-1||Danny Darwin||11-8|
|08/08/1993||62-49||2nd||-2||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-1||John Dopson||7-7|
|08/10/1993||63-49||2nd||-1||New York Yankees||W||5-0||Frank Viola||8-8|
|08/11/1993||63-50||2nd||-2||New York Yankees||L||8-3||Roger Clemens||9-9|
|08/12/1993||63-51||3rd||-2||New York Yankees||L||4-1||Aaron Sele||6-1|
|08/13/1993||64-51||3rd||-1||Toronto Blue Jays||W||5-3||Danny Darwin||12-8|
|08/14/1993||64-52||3rd||-2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||5-2||John Dopson||7-8|
|08/15/1993||64-53||3rd||-3||Toronto Blue Jays||L||9-1||Roger Clemens||9-10|
|08/17/1993||64-54||3rd||-4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||3-2||Aaron Sele||6-2|
|08/18/1993||65-54||3rd||-4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||5-0||Danny Darwin||13-8|
|08/19/1993||65-55||3rd||-5||Cleveland Indians||L||5-1||Paul Quantrill||5-7|
|08/20/1993||65-56||3rd||-5||Cleveland Indians||L||7-6||Jeff Russell||0-4|
|08/21/1993||65-57||4th||-5||Cleveland Indians||L||10-5||Greg Harris||6-4|
|08/22/1993||65-58||4th||-6||Cleveland Indians||L||3-2||Ken Ryan||4-1|
|08/24/1993||65-59||4th||-6 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||4-3||Danny Darwin||13-9|
|08/25/1993||65-60||5th||-7 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||10-2||Paul Quantrill||5-8|
|08/26/1993||66-60||5th||-6 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||3-1||Frank Viola||9-8|
|08/27/1993||67-60||4th||-5 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||W||5-0||Roger Clemens||10-10|
|08/28/1993||68-60||4th||-4 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||W||2-1||Jeff Russell||1-4|
|08/29/1993||68-61||4th||-5 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||5-4||John Dopson||7-9|
|08/30/1993||69-61||4th||-5 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||7-3||Frank Viola||10-8|
|08/31/1993||69-62||5th||-6 1/2||Texas Rangers||L||8-1||Roger Clemens||10-11|
|09/01/1993||69-63||5th||-7 1/2||Texas Rangers||L||9-7||Paul Quantrill||5-9|
|09/03/1993||69-64||5th||-7 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||5-1||Danny Darwin||13-10|
|09/04/1993||69-65||5th||-7 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||4-2||Ken Ryan||4-2|
|09/05/1993||69-66||5th||-7 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||5-2||Roger Clemens||10-12|
|09/06/1993||70-66||4th||-7||at Chicago White Sox||W||3-1||Scott Bankhead||2-1|
|09/07/1993||71-66||4th||-6||at Chicago White Sox||W||4-3||Danny Darwin||14-10|
|09/08/1993||71-67||5th||-6||at Chicago White Sox||L||8-1||John Dopson||7-10|
|09/10/1993||71-68||5th||-6 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||7-4||Roger Clemens||10-13|
|09/11/1993||72-69||5th||-7||at Cleveland Indians||L||9-3||Paul Quantrill||5-10|
|09/12/1993||73-69||5th||-7||at Cleveland Indians||W||11-1||Nate Minchey||1-0|
|09/13/1993||74-69||5th||-6 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-4||Paul Quantrill||6-10|
|09/14/1993||74-70||5th||-7 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||11-3||Danny Darwin||14-11|
|09/15/1993||75-70||4th||-7 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-5||Roger Clemens||11-13|
|09/16/1993||76-70||4th||-7||at New York Yankees||W||6-4||Frank Viola||11-8|
|09/17/1993||76-71||4th||-8||at New York Yankees||L||5-4||John Dopson||7-11|
|09/18/1993||76-72||4th||-9||at New York Yankees||L||4-3||Greg Harris||6-5|
|09/19/1993||77-72||4th||-9||at New York Yankees||W||8-3||Danny Darwin||15-11|
|09/21/1993||77-73||4th||-10||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||5-0||Roger Clemens||11-14|
|09/22/1993||78-73||4th||-9||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||7-5||Ken Ryan||6-2|
|09/23/1993||78-74||4th||-10||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||5-1||Nate Minchey||1-1|
|09/24/1993||79-74||4th||-10||Minnesota Twins||W||7-4||Ken Ryan||7-2|
|09/25/1993||79-75||5th||-11||Minnesota Twins||L||9-7||Greg Harris||6-6|
|09/26/1993||79-76||5th||-11||Minnesota Twins||L||5-2||Paul Quantrill||6-11|
|09/28/1993||80-76||5th||-11 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||11-6||Aaron Sele||7-2|
|09/29/1993||80-78||5th||-13||Detroit Tigers||L||8-7||Cory Bailey||0-1|
|09/30/1993||80-79||5th||-14||Detroit Tigers||L||7-4||Scott Taylor||0-1|
|10/01/1993||80-80||5th||-14||Milwaukee Brewers||L||8-4||Greg Harris||6-7|
|10/02/1993||80-81||5th||-14||Milwaukee Brewers||L||8-5||Nate Minchey||1-2|
|10/03/1993||80-82||5th||-15||Milwaukee Brewers||L||6-3||Paul Quantrill||6-12|
|1993 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|