July 8: Boston 7, Cleveland 1
The Red Sox got back in the beat-down business after losing their last four games before the break (and scoring no runs in three of those games). The impossibly hot Carlton Fisk drilled his 11th circuit clout and Nomar Garciaparra collected a single, double, and triple.
Cy Young had his finest line of the season. Cleveland starter Vean Gregg got no help from his fielders, who committed four errors in the game.
R H BB CLE 010 000 000 - 1 6 1 BOS 402 001 00x - 7 10 4 HR: C. Fisk (11) starters IP R ER HR BB SO V. Gregg 5.0 7 3 1 2 2 C. Young 9.0 1 1 0 1 4 CLE 41-41, BOS 51-31
July 9: Boston 13, Cleveland 3
Yikes. Addie Joss has not been dominant for Cleveland this year, but he’s been one of the most reliably steady starters in the league. Over his previous 10 starts, Joss averaged 8.2 innings pitched and 2.4 runs allowed.
That streak got blowed up real good in the bottom of the first inning as he faced each Boston batter one time, gave up seven earned runs, and only got one out before being lifted. Nomar Garciaparra doubled, and seven other batters reached on either a single or HBP. Cleveland’s long reliever Sam McDowell was almost as bad in the second inning while the Red Sox piled on five more runs, three of which on a Manny Ramirez dinger. Boston’s Manny was 3-for-4 with a walk in the game.
Lefty Grove cruised through seven scoreless innings and probably would have been left in to go for his first shutout had the score been at all close.
R H BB CLE 000 000 003 - 3 6 4 BOS 750 001 00x - 13 14 6 HR: J. Thome (19), M. Ramirez-BOS (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO A. Joss 0.1 7 7 0 1 0 L. Grove 7.0 0 0 0 1 3 CLE 41-42, BOS 52-31
July 10: Boston 6, Cleveland 2
The Naps took a lead for the first time in the series in the fourth inning, but Boston came right back to tie it up in the sixth. Cleveland’s Bob Feller walked the first three batters in the sixth, and was fortunate to escape the jam having given up only one run and with the score tied.
Feller was still going in the seventh when Jim Thome made an error to let Tris Speaker reach and Carl Yastrzemski followed with a double to push Speaker to third. In came Cleveland pitcher Cody Allen, who walked the bases loaded and then served up a grand slam to Jimmie Foxx.
The three Boston starters in the series hurled 23 innings and gave up one earned run– and their best two starters (Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens) didn’t throw a single pitch.
R H BB CLE 000 200 000 - 2 10 3 BOS 000 011 40x - 6 9 7 HR: J. Foxx (11) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Feller 6.1 4 3 0 6 4 S.J. Wood 7.0 2 0 0 2 3 CLE 41-43, BOS 53-31