ON THIS DATE (April 17, 1979)
Fred Lynn blasted a ninth inning home run into the
right field stands, giving the Red Sox a 6 to 5 win over the Brewers.
It was his sixth homer of the young season.
The Sox trailed 5 to 4 when Jerry Remy led off the ninth with a
single off Reggie Cleveland. Rick Burleson sacrificed him over to
second base and Lynn pounced on the fifth pitch he saw.
Sixto Lezcano hit a two-run homer and knocked in four runs for the
Brewers, including what appeared to be the game winner in the eighth
inning off Sox starter, Mike Torrez, breaking a 4-4 tie.
The Sox took a 2-0 lead off Brewers starter, Moose Haas, but Lezcano
tied the game up with his homer in the fourth inning. The Brewers
took a 4-2 lead in the sixth, but Carl Yastrzemski slugged his 385th
career homer to cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth
Jim Rice's sacrifice fly tied the game in the seventh inning, but
Jack Brohamer booted Sal Bando's grounder leading off the eighth
inning and Lezcano doubled him home for a 5-3 Milwaukee lead and
setting the stage for Lynn's heroics.
Tom Burgmeier got credit for the win, pitching one-third of an inning
be retiring Cecil Cooper on a foul pop with the bases loaded in the
top of the ninth inning.