Game 1: Boston 7, Kansas City 1
The scary good offense of the Red Sox arrived in KC salivating at the prospect of facing the Royals’ 3rd, 4th, and 5th starters, while the ice-cold KC bats hoped to somehow thaw out against Roger Clemens, Cy Young, and Smoky Joe Wood. Game one went about like everyone expected. A Hal McRae dinger did tie things up in the bottom of the second, but Boston unleashed the offense in the third and fourth. The Royals helped them out with two hit batters and two errors in those two crucial innings.
Ted Williams reached safely every time up with two singles, two doubles, and two reach-on-errors, but Manny Ramirez and Jimmie Foxx behind him had off days and Williams never did come around to score. The bottom three Boston batters, Dwight Evans, Carlton Fisk, and Bobby Doerr, scored all seven Boston runs.
R H BB BOS 010 330 000 - 7 17 6 KC 010 000 000 - 1 7 3 HR: H. McRae (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Clemens 8.0 1 1 1 2 4 J. Rosado 4.2 7 5 0 4 2 BOS 15-7, KC 10-13
Game 2: Kansas City 2, Boston 1
Game two was a thriller for the home team as Mark Gubicza kinda-sorta out-dueled Cy Young. Goobie was effective nibbling at the strike zone, not allowing the Red Sox bats to square anything up. Boston was happy to draw six free passes in Gubicza’s 6.1 innings, but the hurler managed to strand all but one of those runners by giving up only two singles and no extra base knocks. “I won’t lie, it was quite a thrill, ” admitted Gubicza after the game. “Just seeing names like Boggs, Speaker, Yaz, and Williams on the line-up card got me fired up. It almost felt like a playoff game with all the adrenaline.”
Cy Young was also awfully good, though in a totally different style than Gubicza. Young attacked the strike zone and dared the Royals hitters to make good contact. The Royals managed just four hits and zero walks in the game, but they were fortunate to bunch three of those hits together in the sixth inning. A Darrell Porter single, Alcides Escobar triple, and Willie Wilson single were enough to score two runs, and Greg Holland and Joakim Soria backed Gubicza up with 2.2 perfect innings to secure the upset.
R H BB BOS 000 100 000 - 1 2 6 KC 000 002 00x - 2 4 0 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Young 8.0 2 2 0 0 1 M. Gubicza 6.1 1 1 0 6 3 BOS 15-8, KC 11-13
Game 3: Boston 9, Kansas City 7
Game three was back on-script. Some sloppy fielding on both sides ran the score up, but it was Boston spanking seven doubles into the big Kauffman Stadium alleys that really made the difference.
Willie Wilson stole his league-leading 12th base. He has been thrown out just once.
Boston ended the series with the best team wOBA in the league (.379) and KC the worst (.295).
R H BB BOS 200 340 000 - 9 15 4 KC 001 000 501 - 7 10 4 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO S. Wood 6.1 6 3 0 3 4 D. Jackson 6.1 9 4 0 3 4 BOS 16-8, KC 11-14