Power Surge Helps Kansas City Take Series in Seattle

Kevin AppierJune 10: Kansas City 7, Seattle 2

The Royals are usually happy if they can hit three homers in a series, but they launched three dingers in one inning in this game. Hal McRae and Danny Tartabull hit taters, and Frank White got off the schneid with his first round-tripper. (It’s been a rough go at the plate for White so far. Out of all qualified hitters, he’s been the least productive, with a slash line of .184/.219/.238.)

Kevin Appier struck out a season-high 11. Randy Johnson whiffed the Royals 10 times and became the first pitcher to reach 100 Ks, but is having a bit of a long ball problem lately, giving up nine homers in his last four starts.

                  R H BB
KC  004 001 020 - 7 9  5
SEA 000 011 000 - 2 7  4

HR: H. McRae (5), D. Tartabull (9),
F. White (1), A. Rodriguez (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   7.0  2  2  1  1 11  
R. Johnson  6.0  5  5  3  3 10 

KC 30-31, SEA 27-34

June 11: Seattle 7, Kansas City 6

Starters Bret Saberhagen and Felix Hernandez both struggled and the lead passed back and forth between the teams several times. A George Brett error started the bottom of the eighth inning, and Joakim Soria walked two and gave up a double as the M’s scored two unearned runs to take back the lead for the final time.

                  R  H BB
KC  002 300 100 - 6 11  6
SEA 021 101 02x - 7 10  6

HR: M. Sweeney (6), D. Porter (5), K. Seager (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen 5.0  5  5  1  3  2  
F. Hernandez  6.2  6  6  2  5  4 

KC 30-32, SEA 28-34

June 12: Kansas City 3, Seattle 2

It was a different story the next day as lefty starters Jose Rosado and Jamie Moyer were on top of their games and runs were hard to come by. The Royals managed just four hits in the game, but bunched up a few walks and singles enough to take a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning.

Poor Tom Wilhelmsen had another rough outing for Seattle, yielding a solo homer to Tartabull in the top of the ninth to extend KC’s lead to 3-1. Wilhelmsen’s ERA now sits at 9.12. The insurance run looked big after Kyle Seager went yard in the bottom of the ninth to get Seattle within a run. Greg Holland wobbled in the ninth, but managed to strike out Ichiro Suzuki to end the game with Mariners stranded on second and third.

                  R H BB
KC  010 001 001 - 3 4  4
SEA 100 000 001 - 2 9  3

HR: D. Tartabull (10), K. Seager (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado   6.0  1  1  0  0  4  
J. Moyer    8.0  2  2  0  3  2 

KC 31-32, SEA 28-35
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