KC Takes Two Of Three Thrillers In Chicago

Game 1
This one was the thrilliest of all, with KC staging one-run rallies in the eighth, ninth, and tenth innings. Down 1-3 in the eighth, Alcides Escobar led off with a single, stole second, Willie Wilson moved him over to third, and John Mayberry sac-flied him home. The White Sox called on Keith Foulke to hold their 3-2 lead in the ninth, but Frank Thomas bobbled an easy grounder that allowed Danny Tartabull to reach first. Amos Otis came in as a pinch runner, Hal McRae singled him to second, Alex Gordon drew a walk to load the bases with no outs, and Sal Perez sac-flied Otis home for the tying run. A Frank White strikeout and Alcides Escobar ground-out stranded McRae and Gordon. Wade Davis pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth, Willie Wilson led off the top of the 10th off with a single and stolen base, and John Mayberry (who went 4-for-5) singled him home. Greg Holland was called on to finish things off in the 10th, but Joe Jackson wasn’t having it and smacked a one-out triple. Holland got the second out with Jackson still stuck on third, but Magglio Ordonez ripped his third double of the game and it was tied up again. Johnny Mostil then poked a seeing-eye single through the middle that allowed Ordonez to score the walk-off winner.

Chicago 5, Kansas City 4 (10 innings)

                   R  H BB
KC  000 001 0111 - 4 10  2
CHI 101 000 1002 - 5 11  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson   7  3  2  0  2  2  
E. Cicotte   8  2  2  0  1  1 

KC 8-11, CHI 6-13

Game 2

Another tight one, this one remained scoreless for the first eight innings as the batters couldn’t solve Kevin Appier nor Chris Sale. Both hurlers were one out away from a shut-out but ended up giving up a run or two. Sale retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth, then gave up a Mike Sweeney single, Danny Tartabull walk, and Willie Wilson RBI single before manager Jimmy Dykes lifted Sale in favor of Matt Thornton. Thornton’s first batter, Darrell Porter, singled home Tartabull for what proved to be an important insurance run.

Appier went back out in the bottom of the ninth to try for the shut-out, and he too dispatched the first two he faced. Then Chet Lemon took him deep, and manager Ned Yost called on Greg Holland, who blew a save the night before, to get the final out. A Paul Konerko single had the KC bench squirming, but Holland induced a soft grounder from Robin Ventura to ice the well-played game.

Kansas City 2, Chicago 1

                  R H BB
KC  000 000 002 - 2 6  4
CHI 000 000 001 - 1 5  3

HR: C. Lemon (2)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier  8.2 1  1  1  3  6  
C. Sale    8.2 2  2  0  4  6 

KC 9-11, CHI 6-14

Game 3Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

This was looking like another low-scoring game as the teams couldn’t score in the first five frames. Then suddenly the Royals looked much more comfortable facing Ed Walsh their third time through the order. In the sixth, singles by Wilson, Brett, McRae, and Porter opened up a 3-0 lead for the Missourians. In the eighth, an Escobar single and Brett double knocked Walsh out of the game down 0-5. Reliever Hoyt Wilhelm gave up a two run blast to the first batter he faced, Mike Sweeney. A Joe Jackson error in the ninth allowed KC to tack on a seventh run. Meanwhile, Bret Saberhagen composed a masterpiece on the mound in a shutout devoid of an extra base hit or walk for the Sox. Seven Chicago singles were scattered harmlessly throughout the game as Saberhagen notched his second straight complete game. “I can’t keep leaving him out there for nine innings,” said Yost, “but, damn, he’s just been too beautiful to watch lately, I couldn’t convince myself to take him out.”

Kansas City 7, Chicago 0

                  R  H BB
KC  000 003 301 - 7 10  4
CHI 000 000 000 - 0  7  0

HR: M. Sweeney (2)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  9.0  0  0  0  0  4  
E. Walsh       6.2  5  5  0  3  2 

KC 10-11, CHI 6-15
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