Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tigers Get Road Win, 8-6

It wasn't pretty as once again the Tigers offense lit up the Red Sox pitching staff. This time it was Bruce Hurst who took the beating. The Sox are off to an 0-2 start after throwing their two best pitchers. Maybe we really do need Morgan Magic!

Here is the write up of the game and the boxscore:

Tigers Get Road Win, 8-6

April 6, 1988

Detroit Tigers (2-0)0601010008141
Boston Red Sox (0-2)2101002006130

The Detroit Tigers topped the Boston Red Sox, 8-6, with first baseman Darrell Evans playing a big role. Evans was 3 for 4 with 2 home runs for the Tigers in the win.

Doyle Alexander picked up the win, improving his season record to 1-0. He struck out 3 in 6.1 innings. Detroit, at 2-0, is off to a blistering start. Matt Nokes chipped in for Detroit with a 2-run home run in the top of the second. For the game, the catcher had 2 hits in 4 at-bats with 1 home run, 1 single, 1 run scored, and 2 RBI.

 "Baseball is about momentum," said Evans, "and we feel we've got it in our favor after that win."

G. Pettis CF5001022.20003
L. Whitaker 2B5111011.22223
A. Trammell SS5030000.40001
C. Lemon RF5120013.33300
M. Nokes C4122001.50026
T. Brookens 3B4110003.16700
L. Salazar LF4000001.42901
P. Sheridan DH3221110.60001
D. Evans 1B4232011.37522
Doubles: A. Trammell (1, 5th Inning off B. Hurst, 0 on, 0 outs) C. Lemon (1, 2nd Inning off B. Hurst, 0 on, 0 outs) T. Brookens (1, 2nd Inning off B. Hurst, 0 on, 0 outs)
Triples: P. Sheridan (1, 2nd Inning off B. Hurst, 1 on, 1 out)
Home Runs: L. Whitaker (2, 2nd Inning off B. Hurst, 0 on, 2 outs) M. Nokes (2, 2nd Inning off B. Hurst, 1 on, 0 outs) D. Evans 2 (2, 2nd Inning off B. Hurst, 0 on, 1 out; 4th Inning off B. Hurst, 0 on, 1 out)
Total Bases: L. Whitaker 4 , A. Trammell 4 , P. Sheridan 4 , M. Nokes 5 , C. Lemon 3 , D. Evans 9 , T. Brookens 2
2-out RBI: L. Whitaker
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: G. Pettis , T. Brookens
GIDP: C. Lemon , T. Brookens
Team LOB: 5

Errors: T. Brookens (1)
W. Boggs 3B5120001.44400
J. Reed SS5131002.30001
M. Greenwell LF5110013.40001
E. Burks CF5121001.33301
D. Evans RF4021102.44413
J. Rice DH5012034.11102
T. Benzinger 1B4000015.25012
R. Gedman C4221010.25011
M. Barrett 2B4000001.12500
Doubles: J. Reed (1, 2nd Inning off D. Alexander, 0 on, 2 outs) M. Greenwell (1, 7th Inning off D. Alexander, 1 on, 0 outs) E. Burks (1, 9th Inning off M. Henneman, 0 on, 1 out)
Home Runs: R. Gedman (1, 2nd Inning off D. Alexander, 0 on, 0 outs)
Total Bases: J. Rice , J. Reed 4 , M. Greenwell 2 , R. Gedman 5 , D. Evans 2 , E. Burks 3 , W. Boggs 2
2-out RBI: J. Rice , J. Reed
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: J. Rice , M. Greenwell , T. Benzinger
Team LOB: 7

Double Plays: 2 (Boggs-Barrett-Benzinger, Barrett-Reed-Benzinger)
PB: R. Gedman
D. Alexander W (1-0)6.11066131122828.53
P. Gibson H (1)1.220001022150.00
M. Henneman SV (1)1.01000201490.00
Game Score: D. Alexander 31
Batters Faced: D. Alexander 31, P. Gibson 7, M. Henneman 4
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: D. Alexander 6-10, P. Gibson 2-2, M. Henneman 0-1
Pitches - Strikes: D. Alexander 122-82, P. Gibson 22-15, M. Henneman 14-9
Inherited Runners - Scored: P. Gibson 1-1 
B. Hurst L (0-1)6.011880541158212.00
M. Smithson3.030011039250.00
Game Score: B. Hurst 23
Batters Faced: B. Hurst 29, M. Smithson 11
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: B. Hurst 5-8, M. Smithson 2-4
Pitches - Strikes: B. Hurst 115-82, M. Smithson 39-25
WP: B. Hurst
Balk: B. Hurst 
Player of the Game: Darrell Evans
Ballpark: Fenway Park II
Weather: Partly Cloudy (46 degrees), wind blowing out to right at 11 mph
Start Time: 1:05 pm EST
Time: 3:06
Attendance: 29920

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Opening Day:1988

Opening Day of the 1988 season is one of the most famous or infamous opening day games in Red Sox history. It matched up the last two AL East Champions as the Detroit Tigers came to town. It also matched up a classic pitching matchup as Roger Clemens faced off against Jack Morris.

 The story of the game though was Lee Smith. Smith had been acquired in the offseason by the Red Sox and after Clemens went 9 innings. Smith came int a tie game in the 10th inning and promptly gave up a two run homer to Alan Trammell. The Red Sox would go on to lose 5-3 and the headline in the paper the next day was "Wait Til Next Year".

I remember watching the game at my grandfather's house and it was a crushing loss. Opening Day losses just seem way more important than they actually are in reality.

Here is the box score of the actual game and below is the YouTube video of the entire game. Isn't YouTube great?

As I mentioned before, we are celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the 1988 Red Sox season by replaying the season using Out of the Park Baseball. I will be managing the Sox.

In the real opening day game Brady Anderson started in centerfield and led off and collected three hits. Dwight Evans started at first base in real life while Mike Greenwell was in RF and Jim Rice in LF with Sam Horn at the DH spot.

 My lineup looked much different. I had Ellis Burks in CF, Anderson on the bench. Dwight Evans in RF, Rice at the DH and Greenwell in LF. It didn't go great as Clemens struggled and the Sox lost 10-5.

A key play in the game was an inside the park homerum by Matt Nokes. Nokes hit a drive to RF and Dwight Evans went for the catch and missed it and it kicked off the wall in RF and then rolled around the warning track. A 1986 version of Dwight Evans probably makes that catch.

 Here is the game write up and the box score:

Tigers Spoil Opening Day for Red Sox, Their Fans

The Boston Red Sox opened their 1988 season with a disappointing 10-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Left Fielder Luis Salazar was a big part of the win for Detroit. He went 3-3 with a double, 2 singles, and a walk. He scored 2 runs.

 The Tigers got a big at-bat from second baseman Lou Whitaker. For the game, Whitaker was 1-4 with a home run and a walk, while scoring 2 times and driving in 2. In the top of the fifth, with a runner on 1st, he stroked a 2-run home run. His 1st home run of the season gave Detroit a 5-3 lead.

 "I still think this team has room for improvement," Salazar told the Detroit Times.

Detroit Tigers (1-0)02003050010121
Boston Red Sox (0-1)1020200005110
G. Pettis CF5122011.40002
L. Whitaker 2B4212110.25012
A. Trammell SS5111020.20001
C. Lemon RF4110013.25000
M. Nokes C4124001.50014
D. Evans 1B4000001.00000
D. Bergman DH4110010.25000
L. Salazar LF, 3B32311001.00001
T. Brookens 3B2000012.00000
   a-P. Sheridan PH, LF2110001.50000
a - P. Sheridan pinch hit for T. Brookens in the 7th

Doubles: D. Bergman (1, 7th Inning off R. Clemens, 0 on, 0 outs) L. Salazar (1, 7th Inning off R. Clemens, 1 on, 0 outs)
Home Runs: L. Whitaker (1, 5th Inning off R. Clemens, 1 on, 2 outs) M. Nokes(1, 2nd Inning off R. Clemens, 1 on, 0 outs)
Total Bases: D. Bergman 2 , L. Whitaker 4 , A. Trammell , L. Salazar 4 , G. Pettis2 , M. Nokes 5 , C. Lemon , P. Sheridan
2-out RBI: L. Whitaker , G. Pettis , M. Nokes
GIDP: M. Nokes , C. Lemon
Hit by Pitch: C. Lemon
Team LOB: 3

Errors: L. Whitaker (1)
W. Boggs 3B4120102.50000
J. Reed SS5000014.00000
M. Greenwell LF5031001.60001
E. Burks CF4110003.25000
D. Evans RF5222003.40012
J. Rice DH4000114.00000
T. Benzinger 1B4122010.50012
R. Gedman C4000022.00000
M. Barrett 2B4010000.25000
Doubles: M. Barrett (1, 2nd Inning off J. Morris, 0 on, 2 outs)
Home Runs: D. Evans (1, 3rd Inning off J. Morris, 1 on, 2 outs) T. Benzinger (1, 5th Inning off J. Morris, 1 on, 2 outs)
Total Bases: M. Greenwell 3 , D. Evans 5 , E. Burks , W. Boggs 2 , T. Benzinger 5 , M. Barrett 2
2-out RBI: D. Evans , T. Benzinger
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: J. Rice , M. Greenwell , R. Gedman , E. Burks , W. Boggs
Hit by Pitch: E. Burks
Team LOB: 8

Double Plays: 2 (Barrett-Reed-Benzinger, Benzinger-Gedman-Benzinger)
J. Morris W (1-0)7.01055142134836.43
E. King2.010011026180.00
Game Score: J. Morris 40
Batters Faced: J. Morris 34, E. King 8
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: J. Morris 8-9, E. King 2-3
Pitches - Strikes: J. Morris 134-83, E. King 26-18
Hit Batsmen: J. Morris 
R. Clemens L (0-1)6.07771621006410.50
T. Bolton0.02221001770.00
B. Stanley3.031101037263.00
Game Score: R. Clemens 35
Batters Faced: R. Clemens 26, T. Bolton 3, B. Stanley 11
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: R. Clemens 8-3, T. Bolton 0-0, B. Stanley 5-2
Pitches - Strikes: R. Clemens 100-64, T. Bolton 17-7, B. Stanley 37-26
Inherited Runners - Scored: T. Bolton 1-1 , B. Stanley 3-2
Hit Batsmen: R. Clemens 
Player of the Game: Luis Salazar
Ballpark: Fenway Park II
Weather: Clear skies (48 degrees), wind blowing out to right at 12 mph
Start Time: 1:05 pm EST
Time: 3:13
Attendance: 29764