ON THIS DATE (April 22, 1994)
... Billy Hatcher stole home at Fenway Park for the
second time in three years. With the Red Sox trailing, 5-4, in the
bottom of the seventh, Hatcher dashed home with the tying run. The
Sox went on to another dramatic victory, 6-5, their second win in as
many games and fourth straight, when Mo Vaughn singled with the bases
loaded in the ninth off Angels reliever Craig Lefferts.
Manager Butch Hobson said he's given his team the green light, but he looked
dumbfounded when Hatcher broke. Third base coach Gary Allenson didn't have any
idea Hatcher would attempt it.
The Angels thought something might be up when Hatcher reached third on
Greenwell's ground out. Finley attempted a pickoff with Tim Naehring up, but
Hatcher just got back to third safely. Finley's pitch actually was outside for
ball four, but Hatcher already had come across.
The winning rally started when reliever Bill Sampen walked Nixon to start the
ninth in a 5-5 game. After Nixon was advanced on Hatcher's sacrifice bunt,
Greenwell singled to right off Lefferts, putting runners at first and third. The
Angels walked Naehring intentionally to load the bases, and Lefferts went 2-2
before Vaughn lined the winning hit to right.