Boston Stomps Seattle in Meeting of First-Place Teams

August 25: Boston 2, Seattle 1

Erik Hanson valiantly dueled Cy Young, but a couple of Boston second-stringers at the bottom of the order were his undoing. Second baseman John Valentin homered for the Sox’s first run, then doubled in the seventh and was driven in by catcher Rick Ferrell.

Meanwhile Young continued his recent stretch of excellence after having had a merely decent season up until recently. He’s allowed just two earned runs combined over his last three starts, each of which nine innings in length.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 010 000 - 1 5  2
BOS 000 010 10x - 2 8  4

HR: J. Valentin (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson   7.0  2  2  1  4  8  
C. Young    9.0  1  1  0  2  4 

SEA 68-58, BOS 73-54

August 26: Boston 11, Seattle 5

The next two games were old-fashioned beat-downs by Boston. Freddy Garcia pitched a scoreless first and got his first two men in the second inning before Boston went ballistic on him. Eight straight Sox reached and seven runs had scored before Garcia finally found the third out. Bobby Doerr donged, and Nomar Garciaparra, Carl Yasztremski, Ted Williams, and Jimmie Foxx all doubled in the inning. The Sox drilled nine doubles in the game. Incredible on-base machine Wade Boggs reached five times, including two doubles

                   R  H BB
SEA 010 000 112 -  5 11  4
BOS 072 011 00x - 11 16  7
HR: A. Davis (12), B. Doerr (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   2.1  9  9  1  4  1  
L. Grove    6.0  1  1  0  2  3 

SEA 68-59, BOS 74-54

 

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Speaker

August 27: Boston 11, Seattle 3

 

Felix Hernandez suffered a similar fate in the finale, getting slammed early and often in a short outing. Yaz reached safely four times, and Tris Speaker, Jimmie Foxx, and Fred Lynn all collected three hits. Speaker leads the league in hits with 169.

It was a miserable set for Seattle, who were unfortunate to miss their top two starters, Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer, in the series. Boston took five of six from Seattle this year. Despite still being in first place, Seattle has the worst inter-division record in the league at 10-29.

                   R  H BB
SEA 000 120 000 -  3  7  8
BOS 115 310 00x - 11 17  5

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  2.2  7  7  0  0  3  
S.J. Wood     5.0  3  3  0  5  2 

SEA 68-60, BOS 75-54
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