July 18, 1993

Year 1 of Butch Hobson’s tenure as Red Sox manager was a roller-coaster ride. July represented the top of the track – a 20-7 record, with as good a chance as any other nine to enjoy the ride to the end.

A sunny Saturday at Fenway Park featured a satisfying win over the Seattle Mariners. Bob Zupcic’s two-run single gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh, and that’s how the game ended. Danny Darwin worked into the eighth inning for the win, Jeff Russell finished it off for the save.

It was Boston’s sixth win in 10 games, bringing it four games over ,500 since the end of May. The American League East was scrambled, with the Yankees and Blue Jays sharing first place and the Red Sox just two games out.

It didn’t last. They finished 80-82, 15 games out.

You can only squeeze so much out of the world’s Bob Zupcics.

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