June 20: Chicago 4, Boston 1
Chris Sale was absolutely sensational once again. Coming off a start in which he held the league’s highest scoring offense to one run in eight innings, this time all he did was take a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the league’s third highest scoring offense. A Wade Boggs walk in the first was the only time a Boston batter reached base against Sale in the first six innings, but after Tris Speaker and Ted Williams started the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles, Chicago skipper Jimmy Dykes elected to bring in Keith Foulke to pitch to the slew of right-handed Boston batters that were due up. Foulke was good, allowing only one inherited runner to score on a sac fly. The only hits Boston got all game were three singles in that seventh inning.
R H BB CHI 000 201 001 - 4 9 5 BOS 000 000 100 - 1 3 2 HR: F. Thomas (12) starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Sale 6.0 1 1 0 1 4 L. Grove 6.0 3 2 1 5 0 CHI 32-38, BOS 44-26
June 21: Boston 5, Chicago 4 (10 innings)
Pedro Martinez needed to miss his turn in the rotation, but fill-in Jon Lester did a pretty convincing Martinez impression and threw seven scoreless. He handed a 4-0 lead to Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth, and Papelbon had a clean inning. But Papelbon went back out for the ninth and was anything but clean. The bottom of Chicago’s lineup stunned him by starting it off with three straight hits to plate their first run, and then a walk ended Papelbon’s day.
Derek Lowe came on to try to mop up the bases-loaded, no-outs mess. A Harold Baines ground-out got Lowe the first out, but it also drove in Chicago’s second run. Next up, another run-scoring out, this time on an Eddie Collins sac fly. 4-3, two outs, top of the ninth, runner on second. Minnie Minoso completed the come-back with a clutch double to tie the game, and the last-place White Sox were on the verge of clinching a major series upset over the first-place Red Sox.
But…the dramatic comeback was all for naught, because Fred Lynn washed away Boston’s disappointment with a lead-off mama-jama in the bottom of the 10th to send the crowd home happy.
R H BB CHI 000 000 004 0 - 4 9 4 BOS 000 022 000 1 - 5 13 3 HR: F. Lynn (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Walsh 6.0 4 2 0 2 4 J. Lester 7.0 0 0 0 3 3 CHI 32-39, BOS 45-26
June 22: Boston 6, Chicago 2
Skipper Dykes elected to let the struggling Red Faber sit out his usual turn in the rotation, and gave lefty Thornton Lee a chance. Lee was fair to middlin’, walking five and giving up four runs in his six innings of toil. Two Robin Ventura errors in the game figured into Boston scoring three unearned runs.
Shoeless Joe did all he could for the Chicago cause with a perfect day at the plate on a walk, two singles, and a dinger, but he seemed to be the only Chicago player who remembered to bring his bat with him against the fierce pitching of Roger Clemens.
R H BB CHI 100 000 010 - 2 8 4 BOS 012 001 20x - 6 9 5 HR: J. Jackson (6), M. Ramirez (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO T. Lee 6.0 4 3 1 5 0 R. Clemens 8.0 2 2 1 4 7 CHI 32-40, BOS 46-26