Fenway Park Field

May 15, 1979

A mid-May rainout in Boston isn’t exactly rare, and every so often the ensuing juggling of starting pitchers can produce a gem of a matchup.

(It remains foggy if anything can produce a potentially epic duel between two “openers.”)

When the Red Sox and Orioles were washed out at Fenway Park, Don Zimmer and Earl Weaver were able to put their aces on the mound, Dennis Eckersley vs. Jim Palmer.

And it was a gem. Palmer worked eight innings allowing two runs on six hits, before handing the ball to Don Stanhouse. Jerry Remy’s RBI-single off Stanhouse in the 10th brought the Red Sox a 3-2 win.

Eckersley pitched a complete game, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits. Rick Dempsey tagged Eckersley for a line drive into the net in the seventh.

Just what would happen these days if a manager left his opener in for 10 innings?