Thursday, August 1, 2019

Red Sox History Notebook: Red Sox and Yankees Brawl

We start off our Red Sox History Notebook with a brawl that took place on this date between the Red Sox and Yankees.

It was 1973 when Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway Park. With a 2 - 2 score in the top of the 9th, Munson, attempting to score from third on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Boston wins, 3 - 2, in the bottom of the inning.

Here is what else happened on this day in Red Sox history:

1907 - The Red Sox collect 23 hits in defeating Cleveland, 14 - 1.

1921 - At Boston, Red Sox pitcher Joe Bush fires a one-hitter, beating the Browns, 2 - 0. George Sisler's single is the lone Brownie hit

1953-  Ben Flowers of the Boston Red Sox sets a major-league record with eight consecutive games pitched in relief, a mark that will later be surpassed.

1969 - Dick Williams pulls Carl Yastrzemski from the Boston lineup after one at-bat and fines him $500 for "dogging it." Jim Lonborg allows just three hits over eight innings, but the A's rally in the 9th for three runs and beat the Sox, 4 - 3.

2010- The Red Sox pull out a thrilling victory over the Tigers after blowing a three-run lead in the 9th inning. Jed Lowrie leads off the bottom of the 9th with an infield single and Eric Patterson walks before Marco Scutaro drops a bunt towards rookie pitcher Robbie Weinhardt; his throw to first base is off target, allowing pinch runner Darnell McDonald to score the winning run in the 4 - 3 win. Jonathan Papelbon is the winner, in spite of spoiling a great performance by starter Clay Buchholz, who held the Tigers scoreless for 8 innings.

2013 - Trailing 7 - 2, the Red Sox score 6 runs in the 9th inning to defeat Seattle, 8 - 7, for their 11th walk-off win of the season. The Sox had also won their previous game in walk-off fashion only a few hours earlier, on a 15th-inning hit that ends a game started on July 31st but whose outcome is not decided until the small hours of today.

2017: It's a wild and crazy game between two teams fighting for the lead in their respective divisions at Fenway Park. Cleveland jumps to an early 5 - 0 lead against Chris Sale, but Boston comes right back, chasing Carlos Carrasco in the 2nd. In the 5th, Indians CF Austin Jackson robs Hanley Ramirez of a homer by jumping over the center field fence, catching the ball, and tumbling into the bullpen while holding on to the ball all the way; the catch is so spectacular that the Fenway faithful can't help but give him a huge ovation. In the 6th, Eduardo Nunez clears the bases with a double off Andrew Miller against the Green Monster, putting Boston ahead, 9 - 7, but Cleveland claws back. Carlos Santana greets newly-acquired reliever Addison Reed with a lead-off homer in the 8th, and in the 9th, Francisco Lindor homers off closer Craig Kimbrel to tie the game. A rattled Kimbrel then loads the bases with two outs before throwing a wild pitch that puts the Indians ahead, 10 - 9. But Cody Allen blows a lead in turn, as rookie Rafael Devers beats out a bouncer to third, Mitch Moreland reaches on a dropped third strike with two outs, and Christian Vazquez ends the game by blasting a pitch into the stands for a 12 - 10 win.