June 26, 1999
Red Sox 17, White Sox 1
If you were a Red Sox fan, last Saturday was a perfect day at Fenway: Boston not only tied a franchise record for runs in the first inning, when 11 Sox crossed the plate, but also wrapped up the victory in a tidy 2:35. That was the second-shortest game in the American League that day, behind the Tigers' two-hour, 27-minute, 1-0 win over the Twins in Detroit.
Shorter still was Pedro Martinez's afternoon. Staked to a 16-1 lead, Martinez was pulled after just five innings and 59 pitches—an agreeably light workload on a 93� day for a starter who at week's end had averaged 112.9 pitches per outing, the most in the league this season. "We've been looking for the chance to give his arm a vacation," said pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, who must factor Martinez's likely All-Star Game start into his rotation planning for the next few weeks.