Red Sox Fans

April 21, 1968

Reggie Smith lined a three-run homer into the Cleveland bullpen off starter Luis Tiant, defying a strong East wind and carrying Jerry Stephenson to a 3-2 victory.

It marked the fourth straight complete game for Red Sox starters, a feat that will never happen again thanks to our analytically driven dictates.

Stephenson was not exactly sharp; he issued seven walks. He also hit a batter while throwing two wild pitches.

But he only allowed five hits, one of them Max Alvis’ solo homer to begin the ninth.

Tiant dropped to 1-2, striking out four and walking two.

Stephenson had a troubled big-league career, with elbow problems and a penchant for getting too keyed up. His career ended in 1970 with a career 8-19 record.

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