With the 30-3 pounding the Baltimore Orioles took last night at the hands of the Texas Rangers I decided to take a look back at some of the worst losses that the Red Sox have suffered since 1960.
Here you go I hope you Oriole’s fans feel at least a bit better after reading this. Remember every team goes through them, some teams just more than others.
These are in chronological order.
May 30, 1961: The Yankees hit 7 homers in route to a 12-3 win over Boston. Yogi Berra (1), Mickey Mantle (2), Roger Maris (2) and Moose Skowron (2) did the long ball damage. Mick must have been sober that day.
August 13, 1966: Tigers pitcher Earl Wilson holds the Sox to 4-hits in a 13-1 win over Boston. It was Wilson’s bat though that the damage he had a grand slam in getting 3 hits, scoring 3 runs and driving in 5 to help his own cause.
June 14, 1969: Oakland whips the Red Sox, 20-1. Reggie Jackson drives in 10 runs with 4 hits, including a pair of 2-run HRs.
June 25, 1970: Down 7-0 at Fenway through five innings, the Orioles tied the game in the 9th and won 13-8 in by scoring 6 times in the 14th inning.
April 30, 1974: Angels 2B Denny Doyle gets five hits in a 16-6 Angels win. It was the only five hit game of his career. Nolan Ryan struck out 15 Red Sox it would be the first of 4 times he did that to Boston in a little over a year.
September 7-10, 1978: The infamous Boston Massacre. The Yankees arrive at Fenway four games behind the Red Sox and leave tied for first place in the AL East. New York won 15-3, 13-2, 7-0 and 7-4. It was the first four game sweep by New York at Fenway Park since 1943.
April 12, 1980: Milwaukee tied a major league record when Don Mooney and former Sox 1B Cecil Cooper hit grand slams in the same inning of Milwaukee’s 18-1 win.
June 20, 1980: The California Angels beat the Red Sox, 20-2. Every Angel batter had at least two hits but diminutive shortstop Freddie Patek hit 3 HRs and added a double. Patek hit only 5 HRs the entire season.
September 1, 1983: Twins OF Tom Brunansky had three hits, including two HRs and drove in 6 in Minnesota’s 11-0 win.
October 25, 1986: Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Met’s at Shea Stadium. I’m going to spare Bob Stanley and Bill Buckner the painful details.
April 16, 1990: Milwaukee crushes the Red Sox, 18-0 and makes Ted Higuera look like Sandy Koufax allowing only two Boston hits. Sox pitcher Mike Boddicker got hammered allowing 6 runs in 2.1 innings.
July 21, 1992: Kansas City Royals pitcher Hipolito Pichardo pitches a one-hitter, missing a perfect game when Luis Rivera doubled in the sixth inning. KC won 8-0.
July 24, 1992: Four days after Pichardo one-hits them, the Red Sox get one-hit at home by Minnesota’s Scott Erickson in a 5-0 shut out.
May 20, 1994: Minnesota whipped Boston, 21-2 as Kirby Puckett was 3 for 3 with 7 RBI. The Twins had 22 hits in the largest win in team history.
June 19, 2000: Yankees beat the Red Sox 22-1 handing them their largest loss in Fenway Park history. New York scored 16 runs in the last two innings.
October 16, 2004: Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS the Yankees whip Boston 19-8 to put them on the verge of elimination and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. New York hit 4 HRs and had 22 hits. The next day the Yankees got a first hand look at David Ortiz late inning heroics. The Sox didn’t lose again in the 2004 post season.
August 18-21, 2006: Son of the Boston Massacre. The Yankees sweep a five game series at Fenway Park basically eliminating the Red Sox from playoff contention. New York outscored Boston in the series, 49-26.