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Monday, April 20, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 21-30

So anyway, it appears that someone*, and we won’t point fingers, goofed and didn’t post this on April 17th which would have been the day of game 21.  Anyway, here are games 21-30 on The Perfect Schedule.

* OK, it was me.

Game 21 - 2002 - Devil Rays 0 - Sox 10 - 37 years after Dave Morehead turned the trick Derek Lowe hurled a no-hitter backed by Rickey Henderson’s first Red Sox’ homer.
Game 22 - 2017 - Cubs 4 - Sox 5 -  In a highly anticipated matchup against the World Champions the Sox struck for five in the first then held on tight for the 5-4 win.  Anecdotally this so far has been the worst collection of games I’ve seen.  Remind me not to go to game 22.
Game 23 - 1985 - Sox 10 - A’s 0 - Mike Easler’s 4 RBI game lifted the Sox as Oil Can Boyd posted a career high 12 strikeouts.
Game 24 - 1983 - Mariners 0 - Sox 8 - Mike Brown’s only career shutout got help from a Tony Armas grand slam.
Game 25 - 1988 - Other Sox 3 - Sox 16 - Marty Barrett, Dwight Evans and Todd Benzinger all had four hits and the Sox led 9-0 after three in a laugher.
Game 26 - 1981 - Sox 7 - Blue Jays 6 - Gary Allenson doubled home Rick MIller in the top of the ninth to make a winner of Mark Clear who worked 4.1 innings of relief.
Game 27 - 1995 - Sox 12 - Angels 1 - With Roger Clemens fighting injury the Sox desperately turned to a guy they plucked off waivers from the last place Pirates for a fill-in start.  He made 429 more.
Game 28 - 2008 - Blue Jays 0 - Sox 1 - Roy Halladay (CG) and Jon Lester (8IP) matched goose egg for goose egg and Kevin Youkilis made a winner of Jonathan Papelbon with a two out RBI single to plate Manny.
Game 29 - 1981 - Sox 9 - Twins 7 (11) - Frank Tanana and Bob Stanley combined to blow a 6-0 lead but Dave Schmidt led off the 11th with a solo homer and Tony Perez plated some insurance.
Game 30 - 1995 - Sox 1 - A’s 0 - Three days after start number one Kevin Kennedy decided to see if Wake could do it again.  7 1/3 innings of 2 hit shutout ball later a folk hero was born.  The two starters between these two games were Tim Van Egmond and Zane Smith.

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   1. villageidiom Posted: April 20, 2020 at 05:06 PM (#5942374)
To be fair, none of us posted it on April 17.

Game 21: I hadn't been at my new company for a year yet, and I had to work on the weekend because a big project needing to be finished before the end of April was far from completion. My entire department was in the office that weekend. I mentioned to someone in another department that I had to give up my tickets for the Red Sox game, and she offered to buy them from me. And that's the story of the first - but not last - time I had tickets for a no-hitter but sold them to someone else.

Game 24: My friend and I considered ourselves the Mike Brown Fan Club, because we appeared to be the only two people who ever rooted for him.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: April 20, 2020 at 05:25 PM (#5942381)
I don't necessarily think they should make the list, but I noticed the coincidence that in both 2003 and 2004 during each season's respective games 21-30 stretch, they Sox won in walk-off come-from-behind fashion versus the Royals with Varitek at the plate and Mike MacDougal taking the loss (although he was removed before the last batter in both games). I was at one of them, I think the 2004 one.
   3. Darren Posted: April 22, 2020 at 02:13 PM (#5943078)
So many great names in this series. Gary Allenson, Todd Benzinger, Bob Stanley! Thanks for this, Jose. I hope you and all of the rest of our Therapudians are staying safe and healthy.
   4. Darren Posted: April 22, 2020 at 02:14 PM (#5943079)
Oh and I'm still not sure if Kevin Kennedy was a good or bad manager, but he kept things interesting.
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 22, 2020 at 02:39 PM (#5943095)
Thanks. Yeah it's been fun to look back at some of these games. In a perfect world I'd hunt these games down on YouTube but I suspect a lot of them aren't available). The names are definitely a hoot.

And yes indeed best to all.

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