June 7: Kansas City 3, Seattle 2
Walks or singles by Willie Wilson, John Mayberry, George Brett, Mike Sweeney, and Hal McRae added up to three runs for the Royals in the first three innings, after which the KC offense was shut down. They were able to barely make those three runs stand up, despite McRae making an error and Seattle smacking three singles in the sixth inning to get within a run. Mark Gubicza doubled his previous high for strikeouts in a game with 10.
R H BB SEA 000 002 000 - 2 7 2 KC 201 000 00x - 3 8 6 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO F. Garcia 6.0 3 3 0 4 1 M. Gubicza 7.0 2 1 0 2 10 SEA 26-33, KC 29-30
June 8: Seattle 7, Kansas City 5 (14 innings)
This was supposed to be a short series, but the teams made it a little longer than expected with this marathon.
Danny Jackson got the early hook after the first five Mariners all reached base in the fourth inning. Dan Quisenberry came in and stranded both inherited runners. After Quiz gave up single runs in the fifth and sixth, the M’s seemed to have the game in hand with a 5-1 lead, but KC chipped away with single runs of their own in the sixth and seventh, and then George Brett, Mike Sweeney, and Danny Tartabull busted out in the eighth inning with a single-double-single combo and the game was tied.
Both bullpens went into lockdown mode from there. The KC ‘pen pitched seven shutout innings between the sixth and 13th, and the Seattle unit kept the Royals scoreless for the last six innings of the game. The teams used six pitchers each in the contest.
The Mariners finally broke the stalemate in the top of the 14th against Greg Holland. With two outs and a man on first, Ken Griffey put that perfect swing on an imperfect Holland fastball and sent it into the fountains.
Both ‘pens have a merciful day off tomorrow, and the teams will reconvene in Washington state on the 10th for a three game set.
R H BB SEA 000 311 000 000 02 - 7 11 7 KC 000 101 120 000 00 - 5 14 5 HR: A. Davis (8), K. Griffey (10) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Hanson 6.0 3 3 0 3 3 D. Jackson 3.0 3 3 0 3 3 SEA 27-33, KC 29-31