Boyd, Sox take a fall, 5-3Home runs put Angels up in series
By Larry Whiteside, Globe Staff, October 11, 1986
THE 1986 MAJOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
The painful lesson came in a 5-3 loss to the California Angels that puts Boston in a hole in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Boyd was spectacular in his own strange manner, and perhaps deserved a better fate. But two home runs in the seventh inning did him in, breaking open a 1-1 game that had a sellout crowd of 64,206 howling.
|Date:||Oct. 10 (night)|
|Oil Can Boyd|
|HR:||Schofield (1), Pettis (1)|
"Dennis pitched a very good ballgame," said Sox manager John McNamara. "In our judgment, he wasn't tiring. He just hung a slider to Schofield and a screwball to Pettis. Otherwise, it was an outstanding ballgame -- highly competitive and well pitched.
"We battled back in the eighth inning and had a chance with two out when Tony Armas hit a line drive. But it was right at Pettis, and that happens. This was a well-played game on both sides."
It also was exciting, as the crowd became intensely involved with the duel between Boyd and John Candelaria, who worked the first seven innings for the Angels.
Boyd's prancing, which has alienated so many opponents this year, was in sharp contrast to the impassive work of the long and lean Candelaria, who allowed Boston to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. After three innings, Boyd had a no-hitter. He lost that in the fourth but kept his shutout alive thanks to a controversial call at home plate that deprived California of a run, and earned Angels manager Gene Mauch an ejection.
Not even replays would have helped in the bizarre inning, in which Boyd could have been thrown out of the game because of his actions. The pitcher blew his cool when umpire Terry Cooney ruled that a run had scored before reversing the call.
With two out and runners on first and second, Doug DeCinces hit a slow roller to first that started foul and suddenly kicked fair. It hit the bag and bounced far enough away for Wally Joyner, who had broken up Boyd's no-hit bid, to attempt to score.
Boyd scooped up the ball as it caromed off first and got it to Bill Buckner. Buckner threw home, where catcher Rich Gedman put a tag on Joyner. But was it before or after Joyner touched the plate? Cooney was up the line and out of position. He didn't see the tag and called Joyner safe.
Boyd and the Red Sox saw the tag, and it was all that Gedman and umpire Nick Bremigan could do to keep Boyd in the game, even after Cooney checked with third base umpire Rich Garcia and reversed the call.
"Gedman did tag me," said Joyner. "But I had landed on his foot and the plate before he did. I didn't even know what the argument was. I figured the Red Sox were trying to get the umpires to change things to their way, which they did."
"I just tried to get in the best position I could," said Gedman. "I caught the ball, I turned around and I hit him. I don't know why he didn't slide. I knew he was out. I don't argue for the sake of arguing."
Boyd did not speak of the incident. He was more concerned with overall performance.
"I wouldn't say I pitched a real good game," said Boyd, "because I lost. I won't sleep good tonight. I just wanted to win here, and I didn't do that.
"I was nervous early in the game. But usually, when I feel the palms of my hands and they are sweaty, I feel I'm in for a good night. On both home runs, I threw it too hard. It was a good game, but everything just happened too fast."
Boyd, who gave up 32 homers during the regular season, still seemed to be on his game until the seventh, when California erupted for three runs. Schofield connected with two out. Bob Boone singled and then Pettis unloaded.
Boyd left the game after giving up the second homer and was booed unmerciflly by the big crowd. Joe Sambito took over and retired the side.
But Boyd's exit didn't mean the Red Sox were going down without a fight. With Donnie Moore on the mound, Marty Barrett opened the eighth inning with a single and moved to third on one-out on a double to right by Jim Rice. When Moore balked before throwing his first pitch to Don Baylor, Barrett was waved home and the Angels' lead was cut to 4-2.
Baylor flied out, with Rice holding at third. But then Dwight Evans walked and Gedman singled to left, his third hit of the night, making it 4-3. Armas flied to center, ending the inning and Boston's last legitimate shot to win.
The Angels added an insurance run on Ruppert Jones' sacrifice fly, which scored Reggie Jackson, who had walked and advanced to third on an error by Wade Boggs.
"Things will get magnified because Dennis gave up two home runs," said Gedman. "But he gave us a chance to win. We had some opportunities and didn't cash in on any. We have no one to blame but ourselves."