This Date in Red Wings History: Pair of future World Series starters duel in 15-inning affair

Mike Boddicker. (Photo by BERNIE LIBERATORE)

By PAUL GOTHAM

Mike Boddicker started and threw nine innings, but the Rochester Red Wings needed 15 frames to top Pawtucket on this date in 1980.

Boddicker struck out a season-high nine batters and limited opposing bats to six hits to keep the Wings close.

Pinch hitter Ed Putman drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk to start the winning rally. Wayne Krenchiki followed with a run-scoring single, and Bobby Bonner beat out a bunt that allowed Willie Royster to score. Vern Thomas capped the frame with a two-run base hit.

Rochester went on to win 7-3 and improved to 36-35 on the season.

“You like to get it over in nine (innings),” Wings manager Doc Edwards said after the four hour and 12-minute contest. “But if it takes you all night, then you do it.”

Mark Wiley threw 3.1 shutout innings in relief. Jeff Rineer picked up the win allowing one run on two hits over two innings.

Boddicker completed 13 of his 25 starts for the Wings in 1980. He was promoted to Baltimore later in the season and made his major-league debut on October 4 (pitched 7.1 innings in a loss) and split time between the International League and American League for the next three seasons.

The right-hander who was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa went 3-1 for the Wings in 1983 and also posted a 16-8 mark for the World Series champion Orioles. He hurled 10 complete games that season and led the majors with five shutouts.

In the postseason, the right-hander hurled two more complete games. He was named ALCS MVP when he struck out 14, walked three and scattered five hits in the Birds 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Boddicker picked up the win in Game 2 of the World Series when Baltimore downed Philadelphia, 4-1. He finished 20-11 the following year with a league-best 2.79 ERA.

Paw Sox starter, Bob Ojeda, matched Boddicker going nine innings. Ojeda later had a 15-year MLB career. He went 18-5 for the 1986 World Series champion New York Mets. The left-hander made four starts in the postseason and finished 2-0. He was the Game 3 winner in the World Series when New York downed Boston, 7-1. The Mets went on to win that Series in seven games.

Red Wings 7 Red Sox 3        
Rochester AB R H RBI Pawtucket AB R H RBI
Thomas lf 6 1 2 2 Walker 2b 7 0 1 0
Eden 2b 1 2 0 0 Nichols lf 6 0 2 0
Vlle 1b-rf 5 0 2 1 Boggs 1b 7 1 1 0
Rystr rf-c 5 1 0 0 Gedman c 7 1 1 0
Rayford 3b 7 1 2 0 Boyer cf 6 0 1 0
O’Neill dh 4 0 0 0 Wolfe 3b 7 0 3 1
Gonzals dh 1 1 0 0 Ongrato dh 6 0 0 0
Putman ph 0 0 0 1 Valdez ss 1 0 0 0
Kennedy c 4 0 1 0 Koza ph 1 0 0 0
Krnchki 1b 2 1 1 1 Jurak ss 1 0 0 0
Bonner ss 7 0 2 1          
Total 52 7 11 6 Total 55 3 10 3
Rochester      101 000 000 000 005 — 7
Pawtucket      000 200 000 000 001 — 3
                   
E – Bonner, Wolfe 3, Walker, DP — Pawtucket 3. LOB — Rochester 14,  
Pawtucket 13. 2B — Thomas, Boyer, Wolfe, 2, Williams. HR — Bowen (2).
SB — Eden. S — Williams, Kennedy, Valle 2, Jurak.
  IP H R ER BB SO      
Rochester                  
Boddicker 9 6 2 2 1 9      
Schneider 2/3 1 0 0 1 1      
Wiley 3 1/3 1 0 0 1 1      
Rineer W 4-3 2/3 2 1 1 2 0      
Pawtucket IP H R ER BB SO      
Ojeda 9 5 2 1 5 6      
Smithson L 2-6 5 1/3 3 3 0 3 3      
Larose  2/3 3 2 2 1 0      
HBP — by Boddicker (Valdez) T — 4:12 A — 3,256.         

Also on this day: In 1999, Tommy Davis drove in a pair of runs with two hits including a round-tripper in a 7-5 Wings win over Durham. Calvin Maduro struck out eight in six innings to notch his fifth victory of the season.

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