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September 21, 2014

May 6, 1984 - Ron Kittle Tastes The Rainbow

Game #338 - Chicago White Sox, 11 @ Boston Red Sox, 7

There was plenty of offense in this one!  In the top of the third inning Scott Fletcher led things off with a double.  That was the first base runner to reach off of Oil Can Boyd.  It wouldn't be the last.  He walked Julio Cruz and then gave up a three run tater to backup catcher Marc Hill.

The White Sox were ahead 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth.  Floyd Bannister was in trouble with the bases loaded and no outs.  He promptly plunked Reid Nichols and was removed from the game.  But a pinch-hit single by Rich Gedman, a single by Wade Boggs, and an RBI ground out by Jim Rice gave Boston the lead, 5-4.

The Pale Hose responded in the top of the seventh.  Rudy Law reached on a single and moved to third on a Mike Easler error when Harold Baines smoked a grounder to him.  Greg Walker singled home Law, which left runners on the corners.  That's when Ron Kittle cracked one out of the park for a stunning 8-5 lead.  And he wasn't done, because in the top of the ninth he hit a two-run homer too.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Reed
Losing Pitcher - Bob Stanley
Save - Dan Spillner
Player of the Game - Ron Kittle, 3-5, 2HR's, 2B, 5RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

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