Baseball Glove

May 18, 1989

The American League East was a wasteland of mediocrity as the season reached its quarter turn. The Yankees and Indians shared space atop the pigpile, both 18-19. The Red Sox, at 17-18, wobbled .002 behind them.

Roger Clemens was one of Boston’s few bright spots, carrying a 5-1 record into his start against the Angels in Anaheim. His win a week earlier was all that interrupted what would’ve been a six-game losing streak.

He wouldn’t be the stopper against the Angels. Indeed, he wouldn’t even get past the first two batters in the third inning, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and two walks. It took him 71 pitches to reach that roadblock.

Meanwhile, Jim Abbott went the distance in a 5-0 Angels victory, allowing four hits and walking two. Three double plays ensured that the Red Sox would have little chance of mounting any sort of rally against Abbott.

One night later, John Dopson stopped Boston’s slide with a 5-2 win.