Monday, July 04, 2011

Independence Day (US) In Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays History

We've played the AL's Canadian squad twice on the 4th of July. Both at home, both wins.

In 2002, we pulled away from the Jays late, as Nomar and Trot went deep. Lowe got the win and Varitek walked in a run in the 9-5 victory. We stayed a game out of first, while Toronto fell to 19.5 back.

1977's game had a similar score but was a much crazier day. After not getting a baserunner through the first four innings, the Red Sox would explode for 9 runs on 8 homers. George Scott, Fred Lynn, Butch Hobson, and Bernie Carbo had gone deep through 7 innings, but Boston was still down 6-5 going to the bottom of the eighth. Fred Lynn tied it with a dong, then Jim Rice gave the Red Sox the lead with a dong, then Yaz made it back-to-back-to-back homers, the first time the Sox had done that since 1959. A batter later, George Scott the fourth bomb of the inning onto the roof of the parking garage across Lansdowne, and the Red Sox were suddenly up 9-6. And there's your final.

The 7 solo dongs set an MLB record. The 8 total dongs tied one. It was the seventh time in 1977 that they hit five or more homers in a game, another record.

Sox vs. Jays, 1:35.


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