Baseball

July 27, 1978

The official Collapse of 1978 remained weeks away. The ones involving the Yankees are always the ones that history best remembers, never more so than the 1978 model.

But the Red Sox provided a sneak preview of what happens when good-hitting ballclubs mysteriously stop hitting, as do they all from time to time.

Texas Rangers right-hander Doc Medich shut down the Red Sox on two hits in a 2-0 decision. Boston was in the midst of a 2-7 road and lost for the seventh time in eight tries at Texas. Dennis Eckersley served up a two-run homer to Bobby Bonds for the game’s only scoring.

Manager Don Zimmer vowed that the lineup would be juggled. The problem was the impossibility of simultaneously shaking loose all the slumping batters.

George Scott was in a 1-for-16 slide and had ground into seven double plays in July. Dwight Evans was 1-for-15. Frank Duffy had three hits in 25 at bats on the road trip. Carl Yastrzemski was 5-for 29 with one RBI.

Zimmer said he may put Fred Kendall at first base and use Bob Bailey as the DH.

The Red Sox’ lead in the AL East was down to 5-1/2 games over second-place Milwaukee.

The Orioles and Yankees shared third place, 8-1/2 back.

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