Red Sox take Game 1 and send Roger Clemens (18-12 2.93 Grade 15XYZG) to the mound against Storm Davis (16-7 3.70 Grade 10Y).
Davis and Clemens are in complete control as we go scoreless through 4 innings. In the 5th the Red Sox would scratch across a run as Jody Reed would single to lead off, Rich Gedman would lay down the sacrifice and Wade Boggs would single to left center to drive him in. In the 7th they would one again use A-B-C baseball to get a run. Todd Benzinger would double to lead off, Reed would bunt him over and Gedman would hit a sac fly to right to give Clemens a 2-0 lead.
Clemens would be in complete control as he would only allow 3 hits while striking out 9 through 8 innings. In the 9th he would come back out to complete the game. Mark McGwire would draw a lead off walk. Clemens would get Tony Phillips to ground out and move McGwire to second. The A’s would go to their bench and pinch hit Terry Steinbach for Walt Weiss. Steinbach would line a Clemens splitter over the Monster to tie the game at 2. Clemens would regain composure and get the last 2 outs to send us to the bottom of the 9th.
In the 9th the A’s would bring in Dennis Eckersley and he would get them 3 up and 3 down. In the top of the 10th, Jose Canseco would line a double off the Monster against Lee Smith. Wily veteran Dave Parker would drag bunt and get Canseco to 3rd with 1 out. Carney Lansford would hit a high fly to right field that Dewey Evans would settle under and throw home. Canseco would just beat the throw and the A’s would have a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the 10th the Red Sox would get a runner to second with 2 outs but Eckersley would get Jim Rice to fly out to left to end the game. What a comeback by the A’s to even the series as we head to Oakland for Game 3.
Final Score: A’s 3, Red Sox 2 (10)
WP: Dennis Eckersley (1-0)
LP: Lee Smith (0-1)
HR’s: A’s – Terry Steinbach (1)