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Friday, May 08, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 41-50

Back at it for another set of ten games from our perfect schedule.  This one features one of the truly great regular season games in semi-recent history as two true elites engaged in a tremendous pitching battle.  The Sox will now be 50-0 (slightly ahead of their 2018 pace) when this set of games is completed.

Game 41 - 2011 - Orioles 7 at Sox 8 - Ah those halcyon days of 2011 when everything was wonderful and Adrian Gonzalez was unstoppable. His walk off two bagger completed a comeback from 6-0 down.
Game 42 - 1980 - Blue Jays 4 at Sox 5 - Down 4-3 entering the ninth Carlton Fisk walked then Carl Yastrzemski stepped up and for the fourth and final time in his Hall of Fame career Captain Carl slugged a walk off home run.
Game 43 - 2011 - Tigers 3 at Sox 4 - After Jonathan Papelbon struckout a pair with the bases loaded to preserve the tie the Sox rallied and Carl Crawford lined a single to center for a rare celebratory moment in a Red Sox uniform.
Game 44 - 1982 - Sox 3 at Mariners 2 - Dennis Eckersley and Mark Clear combined on 7 strikeouts and Reid Nichols slugged the first homer of his career.
Game 45 - 2003 (thanks for the catch Nate) - Yankees 7 at Sox 10 - I remember this one.  I was supposed to go but had to work very late (I left after the game ended).  With my mother gleefully taking my tickets Bruce Chen put the Sox in a 6-3 hole but the Sox pounded reliever Jose Contreras for 5 runs in an inning and a third to win it (no chairs were broken in the making of this post).
Game 46 - 2000 - Sox 2 at Yankees 0 - I suspect you remember where you watched this Sunday night tilt, I was at the Ground Round in Chelmsford as Pedro and Roger engaged in a classic worthy of Smoky Joe and The Big Train.  It was a man named Trot who stole the headlines with a long homer to win it in the ninth.  The Ground Round bar erupted in cheers and at the next home game (which I WAS at) Nixon got a huge standing ovation prior to his first at bat as rumors of a trade for Sammy Sosa faded.
Game 47 - 2008 - Royals 0 at Sox 7 - Jon Lester made history whiffing nine, walking two but more importantly, not allowing a hit.  He ended the drama by blowing away Alberto Callaspo.
Game 48 - 1994 - Royals 5 at Sox 6 - Andy Tomberlin’s only Red Sox homer tied the game in the 8th and Damon Berryhill’s double plated two time All Star Scott Cooper in the 10th to make a winner of Ken Ryan.
Game 49 - 1987 - Sox 10 at Other Sox 9 - Al Nipper put the Sox in a 9-2 hole after two frames due largely to future Good Sox Ivan Calderon 6 RBI but the reigning AL Champs battled back and Mike Greenwell’s two out pinch hit double scored Dave Henderson and Spike Owen (the previous year’s trade paying dividends!) for the win.  Tom Bolton worked 4.1 innings of scoreless relief but it was Calvin Schiraldi getting the win.
Game 50 - 1999 - Tigers 7 at Sox 8 - The Sox rallied from 6-1 down to earn the victory for John Wasdin.  Tom Gordon notched his 11th save of the season extending his then record to 54 consecutive saves without blowing one.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 08, 2020 at 11:17 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 09, 2020 at 07:44 PM (#5949100)
two time All Star Scott Cooper
Heh.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: May 09, 2020 at 08:20 PM (#5949104)
Game 45 - 2002 - Yankees 7 at Sox 10 - I remember this one. I was supposed to go but had to work very late (I left after the game ended). With my mother gleefully taking my tickets Bruce Chen put the Sox in a 6-3 hole
It was 2003. I think i went because it was supposed to be Pedro pitching but he was a game-day scratch.
   3. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 09, 2020 at 08:57 PM (#5949108)
Dammit you’re right, I mistyped that one. The funny thing is the job I was at I wasn’t at in 2002.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: May 09, 2020 at 09:12 PM (#5949112)
There was a sweet gamea 41-50 home win against the Yankees in 2002; Rickey scored the winning run.
   5. pikepredator Posted: May 10, 2020 at 06:49 PM (#5949241)
Man does that list of names from 1987 take me back to my prime baseball-loving, little-league playing youth.
   6. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 11, 2020 at 01:51 PM (#5949432)
These are great trips down memory lane...

Reid Nichols! Was supposed to be the next Fred Lynn...
Ken Ryan! Our very own local Closer...

   7. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2020 at 05:02 PM (#5951798)
Tom Gordon notched his 11th save of the season extending his then record to 54 consecutive saves without blowing one.
Man, looking back, that whole Tom Gordon thing was some kind of amazing, wasn't it?

I mean, he was a MLB pitcher for like a decade before that, so it's not like they picked him up off the street. Still, his renaissance came from out of nowhere. In terms of out-of-nowhere stuff, what do we have?

1. Tim Wakefield, 1995+. Dude was struggling in the minors, and then released. Then he tied the record for career wins with the Red Sox.

2. Tom Gordon, 1998-99. Fifty-four consecutive saves.

3. Daniel Nava. He was once cut by the Chico Outlaws. The Outlaws eventually brought him back when they were desperate. He played like 8 seasons in the majors.

Are those the top three for Boston?
   8. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 18, 2020 at 06:25 PM (#5951829)
Off the top of my head I can’t think of too many others like that. Pitchers are weird beasts so there are a few odds ones in recent years (Hansack, Atchison, Velazquez) but to come up with that level of success I can’t think of too many more.
   9. villageidiom Posted: May 19, 2020 at 01:01 PM (#5952001)
It still feels like I'm missing someone obvious.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: May 19, 2020 at 01:26 PM (#5952007)
Does Ortiz count?
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: May 19, 2020 at 05:36 PM (#5952112)
A special game #50 for me was this one from 2001. It was part of a rare scheduled Monday and Wednesday 2-game series against New York. They lost the opener, and after the off day prevailed 3-0 to get back within a half game of first place. Pedro pitched 8 shutout, in what would be the middle of 3 consecutive starts for him facing the Yankees. He was still in his godly peak during the first 2 months of 2001 - he carried a 1.60 ERA into the day and lowered it. His outing ended with him striking out Jeter with a man on base to end the top of the 8th and he gave a twirling fist pump as he skipped off the mound afterwards.

There is a 3-minute highlight video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak3T6BCmk-k

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