1998 BOSTON RED SOX ...
REVERSING THE CURSE, PART 2 ... PEDRO
& TEK COME TO TOWN ...
 

Mike Fornieles   Denny Galehouse   John Wyatt   Sid Luckman
Died: Feb 11th   Died: Oct 14th   Died: Apr 6th   Died: July 5th
George Schmees   Ed Connolly Jr   Johnny Lipon   Ray Nitschke
Died: Oct 30th   Died: July 1st   Died: Aug 17th   Died: March 8th
Harry Caray   Frank Barrett   Archie Moore   Fred Hatfield
Died: Feb 18th   Died: March 6th   Died: Dec 9th   Died: May 22nd
Jack Brickhouse   Strick Shofner   Doak Walker   Ed Smith
Died: Aug 6th   Died: Oct 10th   Died: Sept 27th   Died: Oct 2nd
Billy Sullivan   Marv Olson   Don Dunphy   Bob Starr
Died: Feb 23rd   Died: Feb 5th   Died: July 22nd   Died: Aug 3rd
Bo Bichette   Jonathan Arauz   Jayson Tatum   Ronald Acuna Jr
Born: Mar 5th   Born: Aug 3rd   Born: Mar 3rd   Born: Mar 3rd
Jeter Downs   Mac Jones   Juan Soto   Josh Winckowski
Born: July 27th   Born: Sept 5th   Born: Oct 25th   Born: June 28th
    Rmndre Stevenson   Enmanuel Valdez    
    Born: Feb 23rd   Born: Dec 28th    
             
             

In 1998, with the Mo Vaughn contract situation and the debacle caused by the situation with Wil Cordero's domestic abuse, the Red Sox were desperate to make a positive move. Roger Clemens had not been replaced and the team's pitching had been awful. Pedro Martinez had emerged as one of the game's best winning the "Cy Young" Award in the National League. Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette knew that the Montral Expos could not afford to keep him, so on November 18th he traded pitching prospects Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. to Montral for Pedro.

 

Pedro was signed only through 1998 and the Red Sox needed to sign him to a longer contract, otherwise, they'd have given up a top prospect for the privilege of having him for only a single season. Pedro had all the leverage and the Sox immediately began negotiating a new deal. The Red Sox signed him to a six-year $75 million deal with a club option for a seventh year. At $12 1/2 million annually, it was more than $1 million more per season than that of any other pitcher in baseball. Signing him to such a long-term deal was risky, although he had been 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA in 1997 for Montral.

Pedro, coming from a poor country, grew up in poverty compared to most other American ballplayers. He took his money and built a church, a school, a health clinic and a sports academy in his hometown.

The Red Sox needed him, and like Clemens, if he stayed healthy and continued to produce, he was the kind of pitcher who could ensure the Red Sox would remain in championship contention. Because of the deal, the club, who had been claiming the Red Sox were a small-market club with a ballpark that didn't bring in enough revenue to stay competitive, were shown that they could have signed both Roger Clemens and Mo Vaughn to long-term deals if they wanted to.

   

DEREK LOWE & JASON VARITEK

Mo Vaughn wondered where the deal for Pedro would leave him. Duquette made it clear that the team was not interested in signing him to a long-term deal, and when the team signed John Valentin to another contract and extended the contracts of both manager Jimy Williams and Duquette, Vaughn felt even more alienated.

One of the best moves Duquette ever made for the Red Sox happened at the end of the 1997 season when he traded pitcher Heathcliff Slocum to the Seattle Mariners for pitchers Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek. They had tried pitcher Tom Gordon as a closer and he appeared to be the solution. But just in case, they signed their former pitcher Dennis Eckersley as well. Duquette then signed Damon Buford and Darren Lewis to provide some speed and defense in the outfield.

In March, Brian Rose Garciaparra signed what became a seven-year contract for $44.93 million. Duquette said, Garciaparra has all the attributes our fans adore. Hes got a great work ethic and good leadership ability. Hes everything you want a ballplayer to be.

Meanwhile, consultants, business associates, and others urged the team to  reveal plans for a new Fenway Park that would combine elements of the old stadium in a more spacious modern facility. The proposal was to build the new park next door to the old one.

On opening day, April 1st, in Oakland, Pedro lived up to his promise, winning the game 2 to 0, on three hits, striking out 11 batters, while retiring the first 11 he faced. 

Five Red Sox pitchers and closer Tom Gordon, combined to beat the A's again the next night, on April 2nd, 6 to 3.

In Seattle they dropped the first two contests before coming back to win the series finale on April 5th, 10-5. Bret Saberhagen beat Randy Johnson, who gave up a two-run homer to Nomar in the third inning. Run-producing hits by John Valentin and Mo Vaughn came in the fifth inning.

On April 6th Pedro faced Chuck Finley (who had won 11 straight decisions) in Anaheim. The two went head-to-head in a classic duel. Pedro gave up a run on a bloop single.  Finley gave up a run on an error, struck out 10 and Pedro struck out nine, including one with the bases loaded to end the 9th inning. The Sox lost however 2 to 1 in the 11th inning.

The Red Sox ended up losing five of eight on the West Coast trip, before playing their home opener. On April 10th the Sox hosted the Seattle Mariners in the Fenway opener. Randy Johnson faced the Sox again and dominated the lineup striking out 15 batters in eight innings. Down 7 to 2 in the ninth inning, the Sox rallied back to win it 9 to 7, thanks to a grand slam homer by Mo Vaughn. As Mo rounded the bases the chants went up in the grandstand as the fans shouted "Sign Mo Now"

On April 11th, Pedro took the mound at Fenway Park for the first time to chants of "Pe-dro, Pe-dro" and spun a two-hit shutout of the Mariners, striking out 12 batters. He had at least one strikeout in every inning but the first, and fanned everyone in the Seattle order except for Alex Cora and Edgar Martinez, retiring the last 10 Mariners in order.

Then on April 12th, Jim Leyritz knocked out his second homer of the game in helping the Sox score a bottom of the 9th, comeback walk-off win, sweeping Seattle by an 8-7 score.

When Oakland came to town on April 14th, it was Nomar's turn to supply the heroics. He launched a homer over the wall, to erase an 8th inning, 6-5 deficit and lead the Sox to another come-from-behind win, 8 to 6. 

For the fourth time on the first homestand, the Red Sox won in their last at-bat on April 15th. Troy O'Leary singled home John Valentin in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 triumph over the A's, their sixth in a row as they stayed perfect at Fenway Park.

The Sox continued their last-inning dramatics on April 17th. With two runs in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run on Darren Bragg's bases-loaded single in the 10th, the Red Sox won their seventh in a row, all at home, and fifth in their last at-bat, beating the Cleveland Indians, 3-2. As a result, they climbed into a first-place tie with the Orioles in the American League East.

Bret Saberhagen (3-0) took the mound on Patriot's Day, April 19th. Along with Jim Corsi and Tom Gordon, he shut out the Indians, 2 to 0, on four hits.

The Sox concluded their season-beginning homestand with yet another walk-off win in their last at-bat on April 20th. Mo Vaughn slapped an 0-and-2 pitch from reliever Eric Plunk into right field to score Jim Leyritz with the deciding run in a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Leyritz had slammed a game-tying home run leading off the ninth. Leyritz did as much as anybody to make this homestand memorable with a .455 average (10 hits in 22 at-bats) and four home runs.

 

The Sox next went on the road to Detroit and pounded them, 11-4 on April 21st. Rookie Brian Rose won his first game in the majors. He was backed by 12 hits. including a pair of homers by Nomar.

The Sox did it again on April 22nd, scoring three runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to post a come-from-behind 8-5 victory over the Tigers, completing a two-game sweep.

Then in Cleveland on April 24th, they proved they could hold a lead, too, beating the Indians, 7-5. For last-out suspense, the Red Sox this time relied not on their bats but on their gloves. Nomar went ranging far to his right to throw out pinch hitter Sandy Alomar with one run in and the tying runs on against closer Tom Gordon in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Bret Saberhagen stayed undefeated and won again on April 25th, beating the Indians, 3 to 2. His catcher, Scott Hatteberg helped him at the plate by launching a double and a homer.

On April 27th, down four runs, the Red Sox came from behind again on back-to-back home runs by those noted long-ballers, Midre Cummings and Darren Lewis, to beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-5 at Fenway, for their seventh straight win and 14th in 15 games.

Nomar had three hits on April 29th and everyone in the Sox lineup had at least one, but John Valentin poked out two homers in beating the Angels, 8 to 4.

These victories keyed the best stretch the Red Sox (18-8) played all year, as they won 15 of 18 between April 10th and April 30th, coming from behind nine different times, including seven times in the last inning.

 

They had been in first place for the last week of April, but May would be a different story. They started the month in second place, but only 1/2 game out. Injuries started to happen. Butch Henry was out and Nomar ended up on the DL after he separated his shoulder. John Valentin hurt his foot and pitcher Brian Rose followed with a bone spur in his elbow.

Home runs by Darren Bragg and Troy O'Leary lifted the Sox past Texas, 5-3 on May 1st. Two days later, on May 3rd, Pedro mowed down the Rangers, 2 to 1 giving up just one unearned run through seven innings.

Tim Wakefield followed with a 4 to 2 win over the Twins on May 5th. Nomar's two-run, two-out double in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie.

On May 8th, Bret Saberhagen returned to Kansas City, where he had won a World Series. The Sox overwhelmed the Royals 14-3. Saberhagen went six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. Naturally, he was ecstatic to raise his record to 5-0 less than two years after he underwent reconstructive shoulder surgery and his career was considered dead.

Pedro pitched another gem on May 9th, limiting the Royals to four hits and one run over seven innings. As usual, Jim Corsi and Tom Gordon held down the fort for a 3-1 victory. Tim Wakefield won the next game by another 3-1 score on May 10th. He had a no-hitter going until one out in the seventh inning when a clean hit to center ended his quest. He would give up only one additional hit with two outs in the ninth.

After four straight and before anyone could catch a breath, they were 4 1/2 games back.

But they continued the home winning streak when they beat the Royals three straight, back at home starting on May 15th. Lou Merloni connected with his first Fenway homer in his very first at-bat. It was a three-run job and was added to with a walk and a double in the Sox 5-2 win over KC.

Steve Avery won his first Sox game by shutting out the Royals 5-0 on May 16th with help from Rich Garces and Tom Gordon who picked up his 15th save. The Sox came back on May 17th to sweep the series, 5 to 3.

The Sox were only 10-10 on the road, but 16-5 at Fenway, their best mark since an 18-5 start in 1994.

Chicago next came to Fenway and split a two-game series. The Red Sox won on May 20th, 6 to 2 behind Pedro who allowed just four singles and a run in seven innings. Pedro (5-0, 1.74 ERA) came into the game with just 2.89 runs scored for him when he pitched, but the Sox scored as many runs for him in the first five innings as they had in his last three starts. Mo Vaughn led the way with his 12th home run.

Next was a showdown with the first-place Yankees. On May 22nd, behind Tim Wakefield (6-1), the Sox scored four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and beat New York 5-4.  But the Yankees clobbered the Sox in the next two games and when the dust settled, the Sox were six games behind. 

 

The Sox then lost the next two to the Blue Jays and it was clear that the difference was the lineup without Nomar. Since he went down, Mo was hitting .222 with six RBIs. John Valentin was hitting .178, Jim Leyritz .188, and Troy O'Leary had just four RBIs.

The Yankees then took the first two games in New York, but in the third game, Bret Saberhagen was masterful in a 3-2 win on May 30th. Coming off three abysmal performances (19 earned runs in 10 innings), he threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 26 batters, allowed only two walks and one run, and struck out six in his longest outing of the season. Mo Vaughn, the blood and soul of the Red Sox, won the game with a two-run homer. The Sox finished May 13-14, with an offensive explosion on the last game in the Bronx, winning 13-7 on May 31st. They were 7 1/2 games out of first.

 

Nomar's two-run homer in the ninth inning broke a tie, finishing off a see-saw battle that saw the Sox come back from being four runs down, when the inning started in Toronto on June 1st, for an eventual 9-5 win.

The next night, on June 2nd, the Sox pounded the Jays 11 to 3, by scoring four runs in the third and five runs in the eighth. Nomar had another home run and drove in three runners. Darren Bragg also drove in three and homered.

Despite his unflattering record, five losses in only six starts, Derek Lowe, hadn't been a huge disappointment. Following his 49 innings thru June 3rd and a 3-0 loss to Baltimore at Fenway, Derek (0-5) had struck out 33. He had given up only two home runs, and batters were hitting .267 against him.

Bret Saberhagen gave up seven hits, only one of which produced a run, winning 9 to 1 over the Orioles on June 4th. Darren Lewis had three hits including a home run and drove home three of the runs.

On June 5th, the Mets came to Fenway. There was a feeling of disrespect between Pedro and his former teammate Mike Piazza. Piazza was quoted in the newspapers saying something to the effect that if Pedro was worth all the money he was getting in Boston, that he (Piazza) should be worth much more. Pedro felt disrespected and plunked Piazza's wrist with a fastball. Pedro gave up four home runs and lost the game. He got booed for the first time and like Ted Williams, never forgot it. He also got the reputation of being a headhunter.

A balk called on Tim Wakefield doomed him and the Sox on June 6th. It was called on Wake in the sixth inning and brought in a runner from third for the Mets, who won the pitcher's duel, 1-0 on that run.

The Sox beat the Mets the following night on June 7th. Steve Avery shut them out, 5-0 over seven innings, and giving up just three hits. Mo launched his 18th homer.

The Braves next hosted the Sox for three games and lost two of them. Darren Bragg doubled, tripled and singled home the final run in the five-run fourth inning. It helped Bret Saberhagen win 9 to 3 on June 9th. On June 10th, the Sox took down the Braves, 10 to 6. Pedro got drilled, but his teammates responded with four home runs, two by John Valentin.

Tampa Bay was the Sox next opponent back home at Fenway on June 12th. Tim Wakefield worked in and out of jams and got credited for a 5-1v victory. The next game on June 14th was a 3-2 walk-off win in the 10th inning for the Sox. After Nomar and Mike Benjamin each singled to lead off the first extra, Troy O'Leary singled past first base to score Nomar, 3 to 2.

On the road in Chicago, the Red Sox took 2-of-3 from the White Sox. Pedro was brilliant on June 16th, allowing only four hits and a run in seven innings while striking out eleven, winning 6 to 1. Reggie Jefferson had three hits including a two-run homer. Nomar and Lou Merloni also had hot bats, banging out another three hits apiece.

In the next game on June 17th, the Red Sox scored twelve runs on 13 hits in a 12-5 bombing of the White Sox. Mo Vaughn (.322 BA) had three hits including his 20th homer of the year.

It took ten innings to beat the Rays in Tampa on June 18th. The Sox had a 5-2 lead but the Rays tied up the contest in the eighth inning. In the tenth, the Sox drew a pair of costly walks before Troy O'Leary brought them home with a triple to give the Sox a 7 to 5 win.

Steve Avery lowered his ERA to 2.31 over his last four starts when he beat the Rays, 4 to 1, on June 19th. The Sox lost the third game of the series, but Pedro won the final game, 3 to 1 on June 21st. He allowed just one hit in eight innings and struck out six.

Tim Wakefield (8-3) brought home two wins and Pedro (9-2) had won three games, but the Sox had won ten of their last thirteen games, but were still in second place, eight games behind the Yankees. 

They did win the final matchup in Philadelphia, 7 to 5, on June 25th. Bret Saberhagen allowed them just  five singles and an unearned run. He was supported by home runs from John Valentin and Damon Buford.

In Pedro's next start, he shut down the Florida Marlins 6-1, on June 26th for his 10th win, limiting the Marlins to five hits and a run over eight innings, the run scoring on his fourth-inning wild pitch. It was the third straight start in which Pedro held the opposition to a single run.

The next day Tim Wakefield beat the Marlins, 9 to 4. Valentin had three hits and Mike Benjamin brought home three of the runs.

On the other side of the coin, on June 28th, Derek Lowe (0-7) had not won a game in over a year, losing to the Marlins, 5 to 1 on June 28th. But Nomar doubled and scored in the second inning, with the hit that extended his hitting streak to 20 games, matching Larry Walker for the longest streak in the majors so far this season.

The Sox finished June going 16-10 but fell 2 1/2 more games behind the Yankees, ten games out of first. 

Bret Saberhagen (10-5) pitched a 6-1 victory over the Montreal Expos on July 1st, and allowed just three hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking none. He hadn't won 10 or more games since 1994 when he went 14-4 with the Mets. The victory tied him with Pedro for the club high.

On July 2nd, Pedro (11-2) retired the first 13 Expos batters in a 15-0 Sox win, before allowing a hit with one out in the fifth, and sat down an inning later with a yield of two hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. His earned run average dropped to 2.87 after his fourth straight start in which he has held the opposition to one run or fewer. In his last 29 innings, Pedro allowed just three earned runs, an ERA of 0.93, and after striking out five Expos, he had 142 strikeouts, second in the league to Seattle's Randy Johnson.

TIM WAKEFIELD

On July 3rd, another 15 runs, another shame-faced opponent, and three hits by Nomar Garciaparra, whose hitting streak was  24 games. The Red Sox scored in each of the first seven innings and pinned a 15-2 loss on the Chicago White Sox, 24 hours after beating the Expos by a 15-0 score. The win was the fourth in a row and seventh in the last eight games for the Red Sox, who had gone 16-6 in their last 22 games. Tim Wakefield (10-3) joined Pedro Martinez (11-2) and Bret Saberhagen (10-5) as the third Red Sox pitcher to have at least 10 wins. Unbeaten in his last five decisions, Wake held the White Sox to five hits and two runs.

On July 5th, the Sox had a 9-2 lead after three innings against the White Sox at Fenway and were up 11-3 after five. But they gave it all back when Chicago tied the game in the sixth. Then they went ahead 15-11 in the seventh and withstood a three-run homer in the eighth off Tom Gordon, to finally win the marathon, 15 to 14. Troy O'Leary led the way by getting four hits in six times up for the Red Sox.

In spite of winning 5 of 6 on the homestand before the All-Star break, the Sox lost another game to the Yankees in the standings, and were 11 games behind.

Mo Vaughn, Pedro Martinez and Tom Gordon were named to the American League All-Star team. Pedro didn't pitch in the All-Star Game. He felt he had been snubbed when David Wells got the nod as the starting pitcher. He told AL Stars manager, Mike Hargrove that his arm was sore. The AL Stars beat the National Leaguers at Coors Field, 13 to 8. Gordon pitched an inning and gave two runs on three hits.

Although the Red Sox organization held off on an announcement, the stage was set to build the new stadium next door, on a triangular 15-acre parcel bordered by Yawkey Way, Brookline Avenue, and Boylston Street. The 45,000-seat modern stadium, similar to Camden Yards in Baltimore and designed to look and feel like the old Fenway, would be built over several years while the Red Sox continue to play in the existing ballpark. After the new park would open, portions of Fenway would be torn down to make way for revenue-producing development, and part of it would be retained as a museum and park. Fans could walk from Kenmore Square down the third base line, next to a preserved Green Monster.

On July 15th, Pedro continued his mastery and was 12-3 after his second complete-game shutout, had an ERA of 1.17 in his last six starts, giving up just six earned runs in 46 innings to the Cleveland Indians. He allowed singles by Manny Ramirez and Alomar (infield hit) in the second, then did not allow another hit until Brian Giles singled with two out in the seventh. In between the hits by Alomar and Giles, he set down 15 Indians in a row.

The next night, July 16th, the Red Sox exploded for 17 hits in a 15-5 rout of the Indians. Troy O'Leary and Nomar each drove in five runs to lead the way. O'Leary hit a grand slam in the fourth to wipe out a 4-1 deficit. Nomar hit a three-run dinger in the fifth to make it an 8-4 game.

The Sox went on the road and split their series in Cleveland and Detroit. On July 18th, they beat the Tigers 9 to 4 on the back of Mo Vaughn, who belted a pair of homers. In Cleveland, they split a doubleheader on July 21st. They won the opener 10-7, even though they made four errors.

The Sox returned to Fenway on July 23rd. That night, down, 6-1 in the eighth and 7-5 in the ninth, the Red Sox scored seven runs in their last three at-bats to overcome the Blue Jays, 8-7. Still, the Yankees had a 15-game lead over the Sox, who now kept close tabs on the wild card race, where they led the Angels by three games.

Off the field, Mo Vaughn, leaving himself open to potential backlash from both Red Sox management and fans, said in the Toronto Sun that playing for the Blue Jays next season would be his first choice. In January, Mo was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being involved in an accident while on his way home from a Providence strip club. Though he was cleared of the charges in a jury trial, his reputation within the community was tarnished. During spring training, he angrily rejected another Sox offer, reportedly $20 million over two years, and blasted management for what he called a smear campaign against him. Mo's comments came just before the start of a four-game series with the Blue Jays.

On July 25th, as the Mo Vaughn drama raged, Nomar led a comeback win over the Blue Jays, giving Derek Lowe his first Red Sox win.

Another memorable Pedro game happened on July 26th. It was Pedro's eighth win in his last nine decisions, improving his record to 14-3 while lowering his league-leading ERA to 2.59. He struck out Blue Jays cleanup hitter Carlos Delgado and ex-Sox Mike Stanley three times apiece, including back-to-back whiffs in the sixth, after the Jays opened the inning with consecutive singles. The game also featured a Nomar Garciaparra inside-the-park home run.

On to Oakland and on July 28th, after going seven years between inside-the-park home runs, the Red Sox made it two in two games when A's rookie Ben Grieve lost the ball in the lights of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Darren Lewis circled the bases for a three-run inside job in a 8-4 win here. The next night on July 29th, Mo (.332 BA, 26 HRs) and Nomar (.324 BA) homered for the Red Sox and broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the sixth. Nomar, who had nine hits in his last four games, including three home runs, hit his seventh homer since the All-Star break and 20th of the season.

On to Anaheim, and on July 31st Nomar put the crowning blow on another Red Sox comeback. His three-run eighth-inning home run propelled the Red Sox to a 7-2 win before a sellout crowd. His homer, which came after Mo singled home Mike Benjamin with the go-ahead run, was his fifth in six games and ninth in 15 games. It helped make a winner of Bret Saberhagen (11-5), who checked the Angels on five hits and an unearned run in seven innings.

The Sox went 15-12 during July and fell from 10 to 15 games behind the Yankees, but 5 1/2 games ahead of the Rangers in the wild-card race.

On August 1st, Pedro joined David Cone as the major leagues' only 15-game winners, with an 11-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. With 33 RBIs in 27 games in July, Nomar became the first Sox player to drive in 30 or more runs in a month in nearly three years. The Red Sox record for RBIs in a month was held by Ted Williams with 41 in May 1942.

The Sox blew an 8-0 lead on August 2nd and let the Angels back in but held on to win in the end, 8 to 7.

Then in Seattle on August 4th, Steve Avery and Billy Swift engaged in a pitching duel, each leaving the game tied at 1-1. Then in the sixth, John Valentin and Nomar doubled to put the Sox on top, 2 to 1.

On August 8th, Tim Wakefield assured the Red Sox would return home with a winning record on the 14-day, 12-game trip, shutting out the Rangers through five innings while his teammates built an 8-0 lead.

The next night on August 9th, Mo Vaughn hit home runs in consecutive innings, driving in four runs, and just missed a third home run in a 14-8 Red Sox. The win gave the Sox an 8-4 record on the trip and a 7 1/2 game wild card lead. Mo was on a tear during the trip, going 17 for 51 with 6 homers, 12 RBIs, and 11 runs.

The Sox returned to Fenway and on August 11th, Nomar hit a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game, 2-2 with the Royals. But it was his 10th-inning homer (his 24th of the season) that made the Sox 7-4 winners.

Two days later on August 13th, against the Twins, Nomar and Mo went a combined 6 for 9 on the night with three doubles, a homer, and four RBIs, in an 8-7 win. The next night, August 14th, was a see-saw battle with the Sox on top, 13-12. Donie Sadler was 3-for-4 and drove in three of the Sox runs.

On August 18th, Pedro won his 16th game, beating the Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-1, and Mo Vaughn won the nightcap, 5-4, with a tie-breaking home run. With 13 pitches, Tom Gordon saved both ends of the sweep. Pedro struck out 10, the seventh time this season he punched out 10 or more and the 34th time in his career.

On to Kansas City and staked to an 8-0 lead after two innings, Tim Wakefield went the distance for his second complete game, throwing a five-hitter for his 15th win of the season, 11-1. The Sox scored ten runs in the first three innings. Mike Stanley homered twice bringing home six runners.

In Minnesota on August 21st, Nomar became just the fifth shortstop in Red Sox history to drive in 100 or more runs in a season. He joined Vern Stephens, John Valentin, Joe Cronin, and Rico Petrocelli as 100-RBI Sox shortstops, and he did it in just his 108th game. He had three hits including a home run, good for four RBIs.

Pedro also picked up his 17th win against four losses while lowering his league-leading ERA to 2.73, winning 5 to 1 on August 23rd.

Back home, Darren Lewis hit a tie-breaking home run into the left-field screen in the seventh inning on August 25th, which lifted the Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. The game was saved by Tom Gordon, who notched his league-leading 37th save (34th in a row).

The next night on August 26th, Darren Lewis supplied a bases-loaded single that broke a 4-4 tie and led the Sox to a 7 to 4 victory over the A's.

On August 29th, Pedro joined David Cone of the Yankees and Tom Glavine of the Braves as the major leagues' only 18-game winners. In a 6-1 Sox win, he allowed the Angels seven hits, all singles, six of which came in the first three innings, struck out eight, and went to just four three-ball counts. He walked just one. Pedro, who has allowed one run or less in 16 of his 28 starts, reduced his league-leading earned run average to 2.67 and raised his strikeout total to 208, one behind Roger Clemens and five behind Randy Johnson.  

Against the Mariners, Bret Saberhagen's four-hit pitching and Nomar's three RBIs (two-run home run and sacrifice fly) highlighted a 5-1 win, as August ended on the 31st The Sox maintained an eight-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the wild-card race, but were 18 games behind the AL East leading Yankees.

As the Sox ended their homestand  on September 2nd, it was Nomar who starred once again, hitting a 9th inning walk-off grand slam homer giving the Sox a 7 to 3 win against Seattle on September 2nd. It was his 30th home run of the season, making him just the fifth player to hit 30 or more in each of his first two seasons.

Tom Gordon retired one batter, preserved the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Tigers on September 11th and pocketed his 40th save this season, tying the club record set by Jeff Reardon in 1991 for saves in a season.

The Red Sox then lost six of their next seven games, beating the Yankees, 4 to 3, on September 7th for their only win. John Valentin's eighth inning homer broke a 3-3 tie and was the game-winner. Another win came against the Tigers on September 11th. John Valentin's three-run homer was all they needed to win, 6 to 2. In the first two weeks of September, the Sox had won only three of their 13 games.

At a time when the Red Sox hadn't been scoring many runs regardless of who's on the mound, Jason Varitek more than lived up to the catcher's credo on September 15th, hitting two home runs and driving in five runs in the Sox 9-4 win over the Yankees in New York. He hit a three-run homer in the second, producing as many runs as the Sox had scored in their previous 30 innings, and hit a two-run homer off the facing of the third deck of Yankee Stadium in the fourth. Rookie Trot Nixon started in left, where he made a diving catch of Chili Davis's sinking line drive in the sixth.

Tom Gordon gave up a run in the ninth inning on three straight hits and had the tying and winning run on base with one out. But he recovered and got his 41st save for a Red Sox record, winning 4 to 3 over the Orioles on September 16th.

On September 17th, the next night, after Darren Lewis doubled, he was brought home by Mo Vaughn in the tenth inning for a 3-2 victory.

The Sox and Rays split a doubleheader on September 21st. Bret Saberhagen pitched six strong innings, taking the opener, 4 to 3, thanks to John Valentin's home run. The next night they beat the Rays, 11 to 2, and then beat them 5-4 on September 23rd on Nomar's triple and 33rd homer.

The Sox clinched the wild card on September 24th with a win  over the Orioles at Fenway. Finally, on September 26th, Dennis Eckersley broke Hoyt Wilhelm's major league record with his 1,071th career pitching appearance.

But the New York Yankees had taken over first place on the last day of April, and by June effectively clinched the divisional title. The Sox finished at 92-70, which was the second-best record in the American League, and Bernie Williams (.339 BA) of the Yankees just nosed out Mo Vaughn (.337 BA) for the American League batting title.

 

The Red Sox opened up the ALDS against Cleveland and were eager to erase the memory of 1995 when they were swept. They buried the Indians in the opener, Game #1, behind Pedro and Mo Vaughn, 11-3. Mo went three for five with a double, two home runs and seven RBI.

But in Game #2 the Indians hit back, winning 9-5. David Justice hit a three-run home run off reliever John Wasdin in a five-run second inning for the Indians. The Indians then had an answer each time the Red Sox tried to climb back into the game, knocking out seven extra-base hits, including six doubles, and putting runners on base in every inning.

The series moved back to Boston for Game #3 and the Indians, behind two home runs by Manny Ramirez, and one apiece by Kenny Lofton and Jim Thome, withstood a ninth-inning two-run homer by Nomar to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, and take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Red Sox now had their backs to the wall and needed to win both games to stay alive. Pedro wanted to pitch on three days rest, but the Red Sox management wanted to protect their investment and saved him for a game they never got to play. So, in Game #4 the Red Sox started Pete Schourek, who pitched shutout ball, but the Red Sox bats went silent and Tom Gordon came into the ninth inning with a 1 to 0 lead to protect. Gordon, who had not blown a save since April, imploded and the Indians won the game and the ALDS by a score of 2 to 1.

With the Red Sox down to their final at-bat, Nomar exhorted Boston fans to cheer the Red Sox on. Afterward, he hugged his teammates and thanked the fans for their loyalty. In the series, he hit .333 with three homers and a double and drove in 11 runs.

The thrill was done. Since Bill Buckner's fateful error, the team had lost 16 of 17 postseason games.

Pedro Martinez was 5-0 with a 1.74 ERA after his first five starts, but then stomach cramps made him double over in pain, he started to lose weight and his pitching suffered. The trainers fed him nutrients and by the All-Star Game he felt like himself. He had gone 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA. In the second half of the season, he was 8-5 with a 2.91 ERA. Pedro finished second to Roger Clemens in the "Cy Young" award voting. He finished with a 2.89 ERA and was 19-7 with 251 strikeouts.

Tim Wakefield was a very good 17-8 and Bret Saberhagen was 15-8.

Tom Gordon did a great job as the closer, making the All Star team and ringing up a league-leading 46 saves.

Nomar (.323 BA) made a mockery of the "sophomore jinx". He hit 35 home runs, scored 111 runs, and drove in 122. He had a 24-game hitting streak and finished second in MVP voting to Juan Gonzalez. With Nomar continuing to excel and Mo Vaughn (.337 BA, 40 HR) producing all year in trying to prove his worth, the Red Sox emerged as a championship-caliber team.

John Valentin banged out 23 homers, but only batted .247, playing third base.

Damon Buford (.282 BA) Troy O'Leary (.270 BA, 23 HRs) and Darren Lewis (.268 BA, 29 SB) had good years at the plate and Jason Varitek (.253 BA), platooning with Scott Hatteberg (.276 BA), gave the Red Sox solid catching.

 

 

 

 
GAME LOG
DATE RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/01/1998 1-0 1st -  at Oakland Athletics W 2-0 Pedro Martinez 1-0
04/02/1998 2-0 1st -  at Oakland Athletics W 6-3 John Wasdin 1-0
04/03/1998 2-1 2nd -1/2  at Seattle Mariners L 11-6 Derek Lowe 0-1
04/04/1998 2-2 3rd -1 1/2  at Seattle Mariners L 12-6 Brian Rose 0-1
04/05/1998 3-2 3rd -1 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 10-5 Bret Saberhagen 1-0
04/06/1998 3-3 3rd -2  at Anaheim Angels L 2-1 Tom Gordon 0-1
04/07/1998 3-4 3rd -3  at Anaheim Angels L 6-1 Tim Wakefield 0-1
04/08/1998 3-5 5th -3 1/2  at Anaheim Angels L 2-1 Derek Lowe 0-2
04/09/1998 3-5 4th -4  
04/10/1998 4-5 4th -3  Seattle Mariners W 9-7 Rich Garces 1-0
04/11/1998 5-5 4th -3  Seattle Mariners W 5-0 Pedro Martinez 2-0
04/12/1998 6-5 4th -3  Seattle Mariners W 8-7 John Wasdin 2-0
04/13/1998 7-5 3rd -2 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 6-3 Bret Saberhagen 2-0
04/14/1998 8-5 2nd -2 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 8-6 Tom Gordon 1-1
04/15/1998 9-5 2nd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Dennis Eckersley 1-0
04/16/1998 9-5 2nd -1  
04/17/1998 10-5 1st -  Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Tom Gordon 2-1
04/18/1998 10-6 3rd -1  Cleveland Indians L 7-4 Dennis Eckersley 1-1
04/19/1998 11-6 1st -  Cleveland Indians W 2-0 Bret Saberhagen 3-0
04/20/1998 12-6 1st +1/2  Cleveland Indians W 6-5 Tom Gordon 3-1
04/21/1998 13-6 1st +1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 11-4 Brian Rose 1-1
04/22/1998 14-6 1st +1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 8-5 Jim Corsi 1-0
04/23/1998 14-6 1st +1/2  
04/24/1998 15-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 7-5 Tim Wakefield 1-1
04/25/1998 16-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Bret Saberhagen 4-0
04/26/1998 16-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians pp  
04/27/1998 17-6 1st +1/2  Detroit Tigers W 6-5 Dennis Eckersley 2-1
04/28/1998 17-7 1st +1/2  Detroit Tigers L 7-5 Brian Shouse 0-1
04/29/1998 18-7 1st +1/2  Anaheim Angels W 8-4 Tim Wakefield 2-1
04/30/1998 18-8 2nd -1/2  Anaheim Angels L 7-2 Robinson Checo 0-1
05/01/1998 19-8 2nd -1/2  Texas Rangers W 5-3 John Wasdin 3-0
05/02/1998 19-9 2nd -1 1/2  Texas Rangers L 7-6 Brian Rose 1-2
05/03/1998 20-9 2nd -1 1/2  Texas Rangers W 2-1 Pedro Martinez 3-0
05/04/1998 20-9 2nd -1 1/2  
05/05/1998 21-9 2nd -1 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 4-2 Tim Wakefield 3-1
05/06/1998 21-10 2nd -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 8-7 Robinson Checo 0-2
05/07/1998 21-11 2nd -3  at Kansas City Royals L 5-3 Brian Rose 1-3
05/08/1998 22-11 2nd -3  at Kansas City Royals W 14-3 Bret Saberhagen 5-0
05/09/1998 23-11 2nd -2  at Kansas City Royals W 3-1 Pedro Martinez 4-0
05/10/1998 24-11 2nd -2  at Kansas City Royals W 3-1 Tim Wakefield 4-1
05/11/1998 24-12 2nd -2 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 8-2 John Wasdin 3-1
05/12/1998 24-13 2nd -3 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 6-3 Brian Rose 1-4
05/13/1998 24-14 2nd -4 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 7-4 Bret Saberhagen 5-1
05/14/1998 24-15 2nd -4 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 2-1 John Wasdin 3-2
05/15/1998 25-15 2nd -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-2 Tim Wakefield 5-1
05/16/1998 26-15 2nd -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-0 Steve Avery 1-0
05/17/1998 27-15 2nd -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-3 Ron Mahay 1-0
05/18/1998 27-15 2nd -3 1/2  Chicago White Sox pp  
05/19/1998 27-17 2nd -4 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 9-5 Bret Saberhagen 5-2
05/20/1998 28-16 2nd -4 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 6-2 Pedro Martinez 5-0
05/21/1998 28-16 2nd -5  
05/22/1998 29-16 2nd -4  New York Yankees W 5-4 Tim Wakefield 6-1
05/23/1998 29-17 2nd -5  New York Yankees L 12-3 Derek Lowe 0-3
05/24/1998 29-18 2nd -6  New York Yankees L 14-4 Bret Saberhagen 5-3
05/25/1998 29-19 2nd -7  Toronto Blue Jays L 7-5 Pedro Martinez 5-1
05/26/1998 29-20 2nd -8  Toronto Blue Jays L 5-2 Steve Avery 1-1
05/27/1998 29-20 2nd -7 1/2  
05/28/1998 29-21 2nd -8 1/2  at New York Yankees L 8-3 Tim Wakefield 6-2
05/29/1998 29-22 2nd -9 1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-2 Derek Lowe 0-4
05/30/1998 30-22 2nd -8 1/2  at New York Yankees W 3-2 Bret Saberhagen 6-3
05/31/1998 31-22 2nd -7 1/2  at New York Yankees W 13-7 Pedro Martinez 6-1
06/01/1998 32-22 2nd -7 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 9-5 Jim Corsi 2-0
06/02/1998 33-22 2nd -7 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 11-3 Steve Avery 2-1
06/03/1998 33-23 2nd -8 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 3-0 Derek Lowe 0-5
06/04/1998 34-23 2nd -8 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 9-1 Bret Saberhagen 7-3
06/05/1998 34-24 2nd -9 1/2  New York Mets L 9-2 Pedro Martinez 6-2
06/06/1998 34-25 2nd -10 1/2  New York Mets L 1-0 Tim Wakefield 6-3
06/07/1998 35-25 2nd -10 1/2  New York Mets W 5-0 Steve Avery 3-1
06/08/1998 35-26 2nd -11  at Atlanta Braves L 7-6 John Wasdin 3-3
06/09/1998 36-26 2nd -11  at Atlanta Braves W 9-3 Bret Saberhagen 8-3
06/10/1998 37-26 2nd -11  at Atlanta Braves W 10-6 Pedro Martinez 7-2
06/11/1998 37-26 2nd -11  
06/12/1998 38-26 2nd -10  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 5-1 Tim Wakefield 7-3
06/13/1998 38-26 2nd -10  Tampa Bay Devil Rays pp  
06/14/1998 39-26 2nd -10  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 3-2 Tom Gordon 4-1
06/15/1998 39-27 2nd -10  at Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Bret Saberhagen 8-4
06/16/1998 40-27 2nd -9  at Chicago White Sox W 6-2 Pedro Martinez 8-2
06/17/1998 41-27 2nd -9  at Chicago White Sox W 12-5 Tim Wakefield 8-3
06/18/1998 42-27 2nd -9  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 7-5 John Wasdin 4-3
06/19/1998 43-27 2nd -8  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 4-1 Steve Avery 4-1
06/20/1998 43-28 2nd -9  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 8-5 Bret Saberhagen 8-5
06/21/1998 44-28 2nd -8  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 3-1 Pedro Martinez 9-2
06/22/1998 44-29 2nd -9  Philadelphia Phillies L 9-8 Tom Gordon 4-2
06/23/1998 44-30 2nd -9  Philadelphia Phillies L 3-2 Derek Lowe 0-6
06/24/1998 44-31 2nd -10  at Philadelphia Phillies L 11-8 Steve Avery 4-2
06/25/1998 45-31 2nd -10  at Philadelphia Phillies W 7-5 Bret Saberhagen 9-5
06/26/1998 46-31 2nd -10  at Florida Marlins W 6-1 Pedro Martinez 10-2
06/27/1998 47-31 2nd -10  at Florida Marlins W 9-4 Tim Wakefield 9-3
06/28/1998 47-32 2nd -10  at Florida Marlins L 5-1 Derek Lowe 0-7
06/29/1998 47-32 2nd -10  
06/30/1998 48-32 2nd -10  Montreal Expos W 7-4 Steve Avery 5-2
07/01/1998 49-32 2nd -10  Montreal Expos W 6-1 Bret Saberhagen 10-5
07/02/1998 50-32 2nd -10  Montreal Expos W 15-0 Pedro Martinez 11-2
07/03/1998 51-32 2nd -10  Chicago White Sox W 15-2 Tim Wakefield 10-3
07/04/1998 51-33 2nd -11  Chicago White Sox L 3-0 Jin Ho Cho 0-1
07/05/1998 52-33 2nd -11  Chicago White Sox W 15-14 Carlos Reyes 3-2
07/06/1998  All Star Game Break
07/07/1998
07/08/1998
07/09/1998 52-34 2nd -12  at Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 Jim Corsi 2-1
07/10/1998 52-35 2nd -13  at Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 Pedro Martinez 11-3
07/11/1998 52-36 2nd -14  at Baltimore Orioles L 2-1 Tim Wakefield 10-4
07/12/1998 52-37 2nd -15  at Baltimore Orioles L 11-7 Jin Ho Cho 0-2
07/13/1998 53-37 2nd -14  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 2-0 Steve Avery 6-2
07/14/1998 53-38 2nd -15  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 5-4 Ron Mahay 1-1
07/15/1998 54-38 2nd -15  Cleveland Indians W 1-0 Pedro Martinez 12-3
07/16/1998 55-38 2nd -14  Cleveland Indians W 15-5 Tim Wakefield 11-4
07/17/1998 55-39 2nd -14  at Detroit Tigers L 6-4 Jin Ho Cho 0-3
07/18/1998 56-39 2nd -14  at Detroit Tigers W 9-4 Steve Avery 7-2
07/19/1998 56-40 2nd -14  at Detroit Tigers L 3-1 Tom Gordon 4-3
07/20/1998 56-40 2nd -14  
07/21/1998 57-40 2nd -14  at Cleveland Indians W 10-7 Pedro Martinez 13-3
57-41 2nd -14 1/2 L 4-2 Tim Wakefield 11-5
07/22/1998 57-42 2nd -15 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Rich Garces 1-1
07/23/1998 58-42 2nd -15  Toronto Blue Jays W 8-7 Tom Gordon 5-3
07/24/1998 58-43 2nd -16  Toronto Blue Jays L 10-6 Steve Avery 7-3
07/25/1998 59-43 2nd -15  Toronto Blue Jays W 5-3 Derek Lowe 1-7
07/26/1998 60-43 2nd -15  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-3 Pedro Martinez 14-3
07/27/1998 60-43 2nd -15  
07/28/1998 61-43 2nd -15  at Oakland Athletics W 8-4 Tim Wakefield 12-5
07/29/1998 62-43 2nd -14  at Oakland Athletics W 10-2 John Wasdin 5-3
07/30/1998 62-44 2nd -15  at Oakland Athletics L 6-5 Steve Avery 7-4
07/31/1998 63-44 2nd -15  at Anaheim Angels W 7-2 Bret Saberhagen 11-5
08/01/1998 64-44 2nd -15  at Anaheim Angels W 11-3 Pedro Martinez 15-3
08/02/1998 65-44 2nd -14  at Anaheim Angels W 8-7 Tim Wakefield 13-5
08/03/1998 65-45 2nd -15  at Seattle Mariners L 3-1 John Wasdin 5-4
08/04/1998 66-45 2nd -15 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 2-1 Steve Avery 8-4
08/05/1998 66-45 2nd -15  
08/06/1998 66-46 2nd -15 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 7-4 Bret Saberhagen 11-6
08/07/1998 66-47 2nd -17  at Texas Rangers L 4-3 Pedro Martinez 15-4
08/08/1998 67-47 2nd -17  at Texas Rangers W 11-1 Tim Wakefield 14-5
08/09/1998 68-47 2nd -17  at Texas Rangers W 14-8 Jim Corsi 2-1
08/10/1998 68-47 2nd -17 1/2  
08/11/1998 69-47 2nd -17 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 7-4 Tom Gordon 6-3
08/12/1998 69-48 2nd -18 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 8-4 Greg Swindell 3-4
08/13/1998 70-48 2nd -18 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 8-7 Dennis Eckersley 3-1
08/14/1998 71-48 2nd -18 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 13-12 Derek Lowe 2-7
08/15/1998 71-49 2nd -18 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 3-2 Pete Schourek 7-7
08/16/1998 71-50 2nd -19 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 6-3 Steve Avery 8-5
08/17/1998 71-50 2nd -19  Texas Rangers pp  
08/18/1998 72-50 2nd -19  Texas Rangers W 4-1 Pedro Martinez 16-4
73-50 2nd -19 1/2 W 13-12 Derek Lowe 2-7
08/19/1998 74-50 2nd -18 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 11-1 Tim Wakefield 15-5
08/20/1998 74-51 2nd -18 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 8-2 Pete Schourek 7-8
08/21/1998 75-51 2nd -18 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 9-2 Steve Avery 9-5
08/22/1998 75-52 2nd -19 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 4-3 Greg Swindell 3-5
08/23/1998 76-52 2nd -18 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 5-1 Pedro Martinez 17-4
08/24/1998 76-52 2nd -18  
08/25/1998 77-52 2nd -17  Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Greg Swindell 4-5
08/26/1998 78-52 2nd -16 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 7-4 John Wasdin 6-4
08/27/1998 78-53 2nd -17 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 6-3 Pete Schourek 7-9
08/28/1998 78-54 2nd -18 1/2  Anaheim Angels L 7-6 Steve Avery 9-6
08/29/1998 79-54 2nd -18 1/2  Anaheim Angels W 6-1 Pedro Martinez 18-4
08/30/1998 79-55 2nd -18 1/2  Anaheim Angels L 8-6 Tim Wakefield 15-6
08/31/1998 80-55 2nd -18  Seattle Mariners W 5-1 Bret Saberhagen 12-6
09/01/1998 80-56 2nd -19  Seattle Mariners L 7-3 Derek Lowe 3-8
09/02/1998 81-56 2nd -18  Seattle Mariners W 7-3 Tom Gordon 7-3
09/03/1998 81-57 2nd -18 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Dario Veras 0-1
09/04/1998 81-58 2nd -19 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 12-1 Tim Wakefield 15-7
09/05/1998 81-59 2nd -19 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Bret Saberhagen 12-7
09/06/1998 81-60 2nd -19 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 8-7 Derek Lowe 3-9
09/07/1998 82-60 2nd -18 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-3 Greg Swindell 5-5
09/08/1998 82-61 2nd -19 1/2  New York Yankees L 3-2 Pedro Martinez 18-5
09/09/1998 82-62 2nd -20 1/2  New York Yankees L 7-5 Tim Wakefield 15-8
09/10/1998 82-62 2nd -21  
09/11/1998 83-62 2nd -20  Detroit Tigers W 6-2 Bret Saberhagen 13-7
09/12/1998 83-63 2nd -20  Detroit Tigers L 3-2 Tom Gordon 7-4
09/13/1998 83-64 2nd -20  Detroit Tigers L 4-1 Greg Swindell 5-6
09/14/1998 83-65 2nd -21  at New York Yankees L 3-0 Pedro Martinez 18-6
09/15/1998 84-65 2nd -20  at New York Yankees W 9-4 Tim Wakefield 16-8
09/16/1998 85-65 2nd -19  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Bret Saberhagen 14-7
09/17/1998 86-65 2nd -19  at Baltimore Orioles W 3-2 Dennis Eckersley 4-1
09/18/1998 86-66 2nd -20  at Chicago White Sox L 11-9 Steve Avery 9-7
09/19/1998 86-67 2nd -20  at Chicago White Sox L 5-2 Pedro Martinez 18-7
09/20/1998 86-68 2nd -21  at Chicago White Sox L 6-4 Jim Corsi 3-2
09/21/1998 87-68 2nd -20  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 4-3 Bret Saberhagen 15-7
87-69 2nd -20 1/2 L 8-4 Carlos Reyes 3-3
09/22/1998 88-69 2nd -21  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 11-2 Pete Schourek 8-9
09/23/1998 89-69 2nd -21  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 5-4 Steve Avery 10-7
09/24/1998 90-69 2nd -21  Baltimore Orioles W 9-6 Pedro Martinez 19-7
09/25/1998 91-69 2nd -21  Baltimore Orioles W 8-3 Tim Wakefield 17-8
09/26/1998 91-70 2nd -22  Baltimore Orioles L 5-2 Bret Saberhagen 5-2
09/27/1998 92-70 2nd -22  Baltimore Orioles W 6-4 Carlos Valdez 1-0
  
THE A.L. DIVISIONAL SERIES
  RECORD GAME OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER
09/29/1998 1-0 Game #1  at Cleveland Indians W 11-3 Pedro Martinez
09/30/1998 1-1 Game #2  at Cleveland Indians L 9-5 Tim Wakefield
10/01/1998  Few Red Sox players show up for the league dictated "mandatory" workout
10/02/1998 2-1 Game #3  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Bret Saberhagen
10/03/1998 3-1 Game #4  Cleveland Indians L 2-1 Tom Gordon
 
1998 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1998 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 113 48 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 91 70 22

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 87 74 26

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 79 82 34

 

 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 98 50

 

 

 
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