Monday, October 16, 2017

The Sacrifice of Tim Wakefield

14 years ago tonight Tim Wakefield stood on the mound at Yankee Stadium and gave up that infamous homerun to Aaron Boone that would end the 2003 ALCS and the Red Sox season. A year later to the day Tim Wakefield's sacrifice would forever change Red Sox history. 

The Red Sox were in the middle of getting clobbered at home by their most hated rival. They were on the brink of elimination and Tim Wakefield went and got his cleats and told Tito Francona that he could go as long as needed. This was remarkable given that Wakefield was scheduled to start in Game 4. Wake sacrificed a postseason start in order to save the bullpen and take a beating in the process. Wakefield threw 64 pitches over three innings of work giving up five hits and five runs. The Yankees would of course go on and win 19-8 but none of the key guys in the Red Sox bullpen had to pitch. Timmy fell on the sword and the comeback doesn't happen without him.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1986 Season Replay: Royals Trip Red Sox in Extras

April 14, 1986

The Kansas City Royals took Boston pitcher Bruce Hurst's best shot and still were able to claim a win at Fenway Park. The final score had Kansas City getting past the Red Sox, 4-2. Hurst went 9 innings and allowed 2 earned runs, striking out 9.

Kansas City improves to 4-3 as they look to defend their championship. The Royals got a big at-bat from center fielder Willie Wilson. For the game, Wilson went 1 for 5. In the top of the 11th, with runners on 1st and 3rd, he stroked a run-scoring single. His 9th hit of the season gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead.

 "It takes a lot of things to win a ballgame," said Kansas City manager Dick Howser. "It's usually not just one thing."

Kansas City Royals (4-3)000020000024101
Boston Red Sox (3-4)000002000002111

L. Smith LF3111011.29614
   a-K. Seitzer LF2010001.33300
J. Orta DH5031002.23304
F. White 2B4010122.40704
G. Brett 3B4000113.25913
S. Balboni 1B4110135.25914
R. Law RF5010006.21704
   b-M. Kingery RF0100000.50001
W. Wilson CF5011010.32102
A. Salazar SS5001011.12501
J. Quirk C5110012.25000
a - K. Seitzer substituted for L. Smith in the 7th
b - M. Kingery substituted for R. Law in the 11th

Doubles: S. Balboni (2, 11th Inning off C. Schiraldi, 0 on, 0 outs) L. Smith (2, 5th Inning off B. Hurst, 1 on, 2 outs) J. Orta 2 (3, 5th Inning off B. Hurst, 1 on, 2 outs; 8th Inning off B. Hurst, 0 on, 0 outs)
Total Bases: S. Balboni 2 , W. Wilson , F. White , L. Smith 2 , J. Quirk , J. Orta 5 ,R. Law , K. Seitzer
2-out RBI: L. Smith , J. Orta
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: F. White , L. Smith , R. Law 2
GIDP: J. Orta , R. Law
Hit by Pitch: L. Smith
Team LOB: 8

Errors: A. Salazar (2)
Double Plays: 1 (Salazar-White-Balboni)
W. Boggs 3B5010101.35727
M. Barrett 2B5010001.27314
D. Evans RF5130012.24115
J. Rice LF5120004.41402
B. Buckner 1B5032003.19425
D. Baylor DH3000213.28033
T. Armas CF5000025.20700
R. Quinones SS5010003.19202
M. Sullivan C4000022.00000
   a-R. Gedman PH1000001.19001
a - R. Gedman pinch hit for M. Sullivan in the 11th

Doubles: J. Rice (2, 6th Inning off C. Leibrandt, 1 on, 0 outs) B. Buckner 2 (2, 4th Inning off C. Leibrandt, 0 on, 0 outs; 6th Inning off C. Leibrandt, 2 on, 0 outs)
Total Bases: D. Evans 3 , J. Rice 3 , W. Boggs , B. Buckner 5 , M. Barrett , R. Quinones
Runners left in scoring position, 2 outs: J. Rice , W. Boggs , B. Buckner , M. Sullivan , D. Baylor , R. Quinones
GIDP: T. Armas
Team LOB: 9

Errors: M. Sullivan (1)
Double Plays: 2 (Hurst-Barrett-Buckner, Quinones-Barrett-Buckner)
C. Leibrandt9.0822350124823.71
D. Quisenberry W (1-0)2.030001030220.00
Game Score: C. Leibrandt 65
Batters Faced: C. Leibrandt 37, D. Quisenberry 9
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: C. Leibrandt 7-14, D. Quisenberry 4-0
Pitches - Strikes: C. Leibrandt 124-82, D. Quisenberry 30-22 
B. Hurst9.0622390135892.04
C. Schiraldi L (0-1)2.042201028207.71
Game Score: B. Hurst 73
Batters Faced: B. Hurst 36, C. Schiraldi 10
Ground Outs - Fly Outs: B. Hurst 11-5, C. Schiraldi 1-4
Pitches - Strikes: B. Hurst 135-89, C. Schiraldi 28-20
Hit Batsmen: B. Hurst 
Player of the Game: Bruce Hurst
Ballpark: Fenway Park II
Weather: Clear skies (58 degrees), wind blowing out to right at 21 mph
Start Time: 1:05 pm EST
Time: 3:17
Attendance: 24031
Special Notes: LF Lonnie Smith was injured on a defensive play. RF Rudy Law was injured while running the bases.