June 17: Kansas City 3, Seattle 2
Frank White played 57 games before having a three-hit game, finally pulled it off three games ago, and then did it again in this one with a single and two doubles. His wOBA is still a dreadful .228, but it’s been moving in the right direction lately.
Bret Saberhagen has had an uneven season, and this start didn’t look good initially as two quick Seattle runs came across in the top of the first. But Saberhagen didn’t allow another run from there, despite walking a season-high five, and Greg Holland threw two scoreless in relief.
A Darrell Porter homer tied the game in the fifth, and hits by George Brett, Mike Sweeney, and Hal McRae in the sixth plated the winner.
R H BB SEA 200 000 000 - 2 8 5 KC 010 011 00x - 3 10 0 HR: D. Porter (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO F. Hernandez 7.0 3 3 1 0 4 B. Saberhagen 7.0 2 1 0 5 2 SEA 31-36, KC 33-34
June 18: Kansas City 6, Seattle 1
Lefties Jamie Moyer and Jose Rosado have similar cards, but Rosado had the better stuff today. They were both good for six innings, after which the game stood tied at one. But KC got to Moyer in the bottom of the seventh, George Brett leading off with a single, Mike Sweeney following that with a homer, and Willie Wilson following with a double to knock out Moyer. KC’s record stood at .500 after the win, good enough for first place in the young Expansion division.
In the top of the ninth, Seattle loaded the bases against Jeff Montgomery with nobody out, but Monty got out of it unscathed with a pop up and two strikeouts.
R H BB SEA 001 000 000 - 1 9 6 KC 100 000 32x - 6 11 1 HR: D. Tartabull (11), M. Sweeney (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Moyer 6.0 4 4 2 0 4 J. Rosado 7.0 1 1 0 4 3 SEA 31-37, KC 34-34
June 19: Seattle 6, Kansas City 1
Freddy Garcia had by far his best start of the year, and was one out away from a shutout when Alex Gordon spoiled it with an RBI single. It was still a gem by Garcia, and the Seattle batsmen had their way with Mark Gubicza and then Dan Quisenberry to claim one game in the series. Edgar Martinez was especially big, with a walk, two doubles, and a dong.
KC ended the series tied for first with Toronto, and Seattle two games back and tied with Texas.
R H BB SEA 101 110 020 - 6 10 2 KC 000 000 001 - 1 4 4 HR: E. Martinez (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO F. Garcia 9.0 1 1 0 4 8 M. Gubicza 5.0 4 3 1 0 1 SEA 32-37, KC 34-35