1988 ALCS Game 2: Twins @ Red Sox

Twins 4, Red Sox 3

With the best and fifth best pitchers in E.R.A. squaring off, a pitching duel was almost a forgone conclusion. And that’s what we got today at Fenway Park. Thankfully, a short rain delay early on didn’t stiffen any arms and we got to see two great hurlers pitch their hearts out. Clemens was a little wild in the second, issuing two one-out walks that would both score. But Mike Greenwell would again wreak havoc, doubling home two runners in the third and singling home another in the fifth. Anderson was lucky to get out of the fifth alive. After Greenwell’s RBI single, he loaded the bases with one out by beaning Burks. But Jim Rice hit a weak pop-up and Larry Parrish flew out to end the threat.

Clemens continued to roll but was pulled after just six innings with a high pitch count. Bolton and Stanley helped load the bases in the 7th, but Lamp cleaned up the mess. Puckett and Gaetti failed to come through and the score remained 3-2. Berenguer relieved Anderson in the bottom half, and got into some trouble of his own. With two outs and two on, he committed a balk, his 6th of the season. Thankfully for Juan, Harper remembered what happened in game four of last year’s ALCS. With Darrell Evans on third, Laudner caught him napping and picked him off third base. This time, it was Dwight Evans on third, but the same result. Parrish took a 1-1 fastball, Harper jumped out his crouch and made a picture perfect throw to Gaetti.

If that didn’t take the wind out of the home team’s sails, Kent Hrbek went ahead and put tore them to shreds, lining the first pitch of the 8th inning into the seats. Though it only tied the game, one could feel that the game was already over for the Sox. The 9th saw John Moses double off Lamp, and after a balk, score on Randy Bush’s sacrifice fly. Reardon needed just seven pitches to nail down the save, inducing three flyouts from the heart of the Red Sox lineup.

Down two games to none and leaving their home park, the Sox have dug themselves a deep hole. They have managed just five runs in two games, and Greenwell has driven in all five of them. They’ll need help from the other eight spots in the lineup if they want to make their second World Series in three years.

Boxscore and line-up below the fold

10/6/1988, Min88-Bos88, Fenway Park

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP

1988 Minnesota 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 10 0 10 1

1988 Boston 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 12 0 11 1

Minnesota AB R H BI AVG Boston AB R H BI AVG

Moses lf 5 1 2 0 .300 Boggs 3b 3 0 1 0 .143

Bush rf 3 0 1 1 .333 Barrett 2b 5 2 2 0 .333

Puckett cf 5 0 0 0 .100 Evans rf 4 1 3 0 .750

Gaetti 3b 5 0 1 0 .111 Greenwell lf 5 0 2 3 .556

Hrbek 1b 3 2 1 1 .500 Burks cf 4 0 0 0 .125

Larkin dh 3 1 1 0 .333 Rice dh 4 0 1 0 .333

Harper c 4 0 1 0 .250 Parrish 1b 4 0 1 0 .250

Gagne ss 2 0 1 1 .714 Cerone c 3 0 1 0 .167

Dwyer ph 0 0 0 0 .000 Gedman ph 1 0 0 0 .000

Christensen ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Reed ss 4 0 1 0 .250

Newman ss 1 0 1 0 1.000 37 3 12 3

Herr 2b 3 0 1 1 .500

35 4 10 4

Minnesota INN H R ER BB K PCH STR ERA

Anderson 6.0 10 3 3 1 2 89 61 4.50

Berenguer W 1-0 2.0 2 0 0 2 3 42 23 0.00

Reardon S 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4 0.00

9.0 12 3 3 3 5 138 88

Boston INN H R ER BB K PCH STR ERA

Clemens 6.0 4 2 2 3 7 108 68 3.00

Bolton H 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 0.00

Stanley 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 12 6 10.13

Lamp BS 1, L 0-1 2.2 5 2 2 0 0 36 24 13.50

9.0 10 4 4 4 8 160 101

Min: Dwyer batted for Gagne in the 7th

Christensen batted for Dwyer in the 7th

Newman inserted at ss in the 7th

Bos: Gedman batted for Cerone in the 8th

Gedman moved to c in the 9th

2B-Moses 2, Greenwell. HR-Hrbek(1). SB-Bush(1), Herr(1). K-Moses, Bush,

Puckett, Gaetti 2, Harper 2, Christensen, Greenwell, Rice 2, Parrish, Gedman.

BB-Hrbek 2, Larkin, Herr, Boggs 2, Evans. SF-Bush. HBP-Bush, Burks.

HB-Anderson, Stanley. BALK-Berenguer, Lamp.

GWRBI: Bush

Temperature: 56, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: out to left at 15 MPH,

Rain Delays: 24 minutes.

************** Top of the 1st inning, Minnesota batting

0-0 0 — 22 Moses flied out to center (CBBFX)

0-0 1 — 01 Bush grounded out to short (SX)

0-0 2 — 22 Puckett struck out (CBFBC)

************** Bottom of the 1st inning, Boston batting

0-0 0 — 00 Boggs lined a single to shallow left (X)

0-0 0 1– 00 Barrett grounded into a double play, Gagne to Herr to

Hrbek (X)

0-0 2 — 01 Evans lined a single between third and short (FX)

0-0 2 1– 02 Greenwell popped out to short (CFX)

************** Top of the 2nd inning, Minnesota batting

0-0 0 — 02 Gaetti popped out to the catcher (CCX)

0-0 1 — 32 Hrbek walked (CSFBBBB)

0-0 1 1– 32 Larkin walked, Hrbek to second (SBBFFBB)

0-0 1 12- 12 Harper struck out (B>FCC)

0-0 2 12- 12 Gagne singled to left center, Hrbek scored, Larkin to

third (CSBX)

1-0 2 1-3 01 Herr singled to left center, Larkin scored, Gagne to

third (FX)

2-0 2 1-3 11 Herr stole second (FB>C)

2-0 2 -23 22 Moses popped out to third (FB>C.BX)

************** Bottom of the 2nd inning, Boston batting

2-0 0 — 21 Burks flied out to center (BCBX)

2-0 1 — 12 Rice struck out (SFBS)

Started raining

2-0 2 — 01 Parrish lined a single to shallow left (FX)

2-0 2 1– 12 Cerone grounded to short, forcing Parrish at second

(FBCFX)

************** Top of the 3rd inning, Minnesota batting

2-0 0 — 11 Bush lined a single to shallow right (CBX)

2-0 0 1– 10 Puckett flied out to center (1B+11X)

2-0 1 1– 02 Gaetti struck out (1C1FFC)

Game delayed by rain for 24 minutes

2-0 2 1– 01 Bush stole second (C>B)

2-0 2 -2- 31 Hrbek was walked intentionally (C>B.III)

2-0 2 12- 32 Larkin flied out to right (BBSBS>X)

************** Bottom of the 3rd inning, Boston batting

2-0 0 — 00 Reed popped out to left (X)

2-0 1 — 10 Boggs lined out to third (BX)

2-0 2 — 32 Barrett lined a single between first and second

(FFBFFFFBBX)

2-0 2 1– 00 Evans singled to shallow center, Barrett to second (X)

2-0 2 12- 00 Greenwell grounded a double down the first base line,

Barrett scored, Evans scored (X)

2-2 2 -2- 10 Burks grounded out to third (BX)

************** Top of the 4th inning, Minnesota batting

2-2 0 — 22 Harper struck out (BBCSS)

2-2 1 — 12 Gagne lined out to left (FSBX)

2-2 2 — 12 Herr grounded out to short (CFBX)

************** Bottom of the 4th inning, Boston batting

2-2 0 — 12 Rice struck out (FSBS)

2-2 1 — 10 Parrish lined out to short (BX)

2-2 2 — 11 Cerone lined a single to shallow center (CBX)

2-2 2 1– 20 Reed flied out to center (BBX)

************** Top of the 5th inning, Minnesota batting

2-2 0 — 32 Moses struck out (FbCBFBBS)

2-2 1 — 22 Bush struck out (BCFBS)

2-2 2 — 01 Puckett grounded out to short (SX)

************** Bottom of the 5th inning, Boston batting

2-2 0 — 20 Boggs flied out to right (BBX)

2-2 1 — 00 Barrett lined a single to right (X)

2-2 1 1– 02 Evans grounded a single up the middle, Barrett to second

(>FCX)

2-2 1 12- 10 Greenwell lined a single to left, Barrett scored, Evans

to second (BX)

2-3 1 12- 22 Burks was hit by a pitch, Evans to third, Greenwell to

second (CBFFBH)

2-3 1 123 01 Rice popped out to third (CX)

2-3 2 123 00 Parrish flied out to left (X)

************** Top of the 6th inning, Minnesota batting

2-3 0 — 32 Gaetti struck out (BBCCBFFC)

2-3 1 — 11 Hrbek grounded out to short (BCX)

2-3 2 — 22 Larkin grounded a single between first and second (BSBFX)

2-3 2 1– 00 Harper popped out to the catcher (X)

************** Bottom of the 6th inning, Boston batting

2-3 0 — 12 Cerone flied out to center (BFFX)

2-3 1 — 11 Reed grounded out to third (CBX)

2-3 2 — 30 Boggs walked (BBBB)

2-3 2 1– 22 Barrett popped out to first (CFBBFFFFX)

************** Top of the 7th inning, Minnesota batting

Dwyer pinch hitting for Gagne

Bolton now pitching

Christensen pinch hitting for Dwyer

2-3 0 — 12 Christensen struck out (CBSS)

Stanley now pitching

2-3 1 — 32 Herr walked (BSSFBFBB)

2-3 1 1– 11 Moses lined a double to right center, Herr to third (BF1X)

2-3 1 -23 00 Bush was hit by a pitch (H)

Lamp now pitching

2-3 1 123 12 Puckett grounded to third, forcing Herr at home, Moses to

third, Bush to second, Puckett to first (CFFFBFX)

2-3 2 123 00 Gaetti flied out to left (X)

************** Bottom of the 7th inning, Boston batting

Newman now playing shortstop

Berenguer now pitching

2-3 0 — 32 Evans walked (BBBSCB)

2-3 0 1– 22 Greenwell struck out (>FBBFS)

2-3 1 1– 31 Burks popped out to third (BBBCX)

2-3 2 1– 32 Rice grounded a single between third and short, Evans to

second (11SBFBFB>X)

2-3 2 12- 00 Berenguer balked, Evans to third, Rice to second (B)

2-3 2 -23 21 Evans was picked off third by Harper (B.SBC+3)

************** Top of the 8th inning, Minnesota batting

2-3 0 — 00 Hrbek homered deep down the right field line (X)

3-3 0 — 00 Larkin grounded out to first (X)

3-3 1 — 01 Harper lined a single down the left field line (CX)

3-3 1 1– 21 Newman lined a single to left center, Harper to third

(FBBX)

3-3 1 1-3 00 Herr lined into a double play, Evans to Parrish, Newman

out at first (>X)

************** Bottom of the 8th inning, Boston batting

3-3 0 — 02 Parrish struck out (CFS)

Gedman pinch hitting for Cerone

3-3 1 — 02 Gedman struck out (FFS)

3-3 2 — 01 Reed grounded a single between first and second (CX)

3-3 2 1– 31 Boggs walked, Reed to second (1BBBCB)

3-3 2 12- 10 Barrett flied out to right (BX)

************** Top of the 9th inning, Minnesota batting

Gedman moved to catcher

3-3 0 — 32 Moses grounded a double down the third base line (FCBBBX)

3-3 0 -2- 11 Lamp balked, Moses to third (CBB)

3-3 0 –3 22 Bush hit a sacrifice fly to center, Moses scored (CBB.FX)

4-3 1 — 00 Puckett grounded out to third (X)

4-3 2 — 21 Gaetti lined a single to shallow center (BBCX)

4-3 2 1– 20 Hrbek flied out to right (BBX)

************** Bottom of the 9th inning, Boston batting

Reardon now pitching

4-3 0 — 21 Evans flied out to center (BBCX)

4-3 1 — 10 Greenwell flied out to right (BX)

4-3 2 — 00 Burks flied out to right (X)

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