KC Bats Bust Out in First 3 v. Anaheim, Saberhagen & Ryan Duel In Finale

May 5: Kansas City 7, Anaheim 0

Two of the weakest offenses in the league met for a four-game set in Anaheim. The Angels’ woes continued, but the KC bats finally made some noise. In the first game, Mark Gubicza hurled his first shutout while KC bats were busy popping 11 hits and seven runs against Jered Weaver and Jarrod Washburn. John Mayberry and Darrell Porter each swatted a double and a homer.

                  R  H BB
KC  100 020 013 - 7 11  3
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  5  1

HR: J. Mayberry (4), D. Porter (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza   9  0  0  0  1  4  
J. Weaver    7  4  4  2  1  3 

KC 14-15, ANA 10-18

May 6: Kansas City 10, Anaheim 8

KC runs were even more plentiful the next day as the Royals reached double digits for the first time. The wildness of Angels pitchers Kelvim Escobar and Brendan Donnelly assisted with eight walks. Hal McRae cleared loaded bases with a triple in the seventh. Danny Jackson wasn’t sharp for KC, yielding eight walks, but he received what has been a rare gift for KC pitchers: big run support.

                   R H BB
KC  020 021 401 - 10 9  8
ANA 100 301 201 -  8 8 10

HR: T. Salmon (4), V. Guerrero (5), B. Grich (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  6.1  7  5  2  8  4  
K. Escobar  6.0  5  3  0  4  1 

KC 15-15, ANA 10-19

May 7: Kansas City 12, Anaheim 6

How to celebrate your first game scoring double digits? How about scoring two more runs the next day. Every Royals batter had a hit, seven of which for extra bases. Hal McRae doubled and homered. The Angels mustered seven hits, all of them singles. Kevin Appier continued his strong start and dropped his ERA to 3.23 (league average is 4.56).

                   R  H BB
KC  006 000 024 - 12 17  4
ANA 010 000 203 -  6  7  7

HR: H. McRae (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier  6.2  3  2  0  5  4  
D. Chance  2.1  6  6  0  3  1 

KC 16-15, ANA 10-20

May 8: Anaheim 1, Kansas City 0

After KC’s 29-run outburst in the first three, Nolan Ryan was the bat whisperer in a great pitcher’s duel against Bret Saberhagen. Sabes allowed just three baserunners to Anaheim. Jim Fregosi led off the third with a triple, but Saberhagen retired the next three without allowing Fregosi to score. Jim Edmonds connected for a round-tripper in the fourth, which proved to be the only run of the day. Ryan has battled extreme control issues this season, but limited the Royals to three walks this time out. The Royals threatened a few times, such as a lead off double by Porter in the fifth, getting runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth, and then runners on the corners with one out in the ninth. Troy Percival relieved Ryan when that situation arose in the ninth and whiffed pinch-hitter Amos Otis and induced a Frank White ground out to short to end the game.

                  R  H BB
KC  000 000 000 - 0  8  3
ANA 000 100 00x - 1  3  0

HR: J. Edmonds (4)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  8.0  1  1  1  0  6  
N. Ryan        8.1  0  0  0  3  6 

KC 16-16, ANA 11-20
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