June 23: Kansas City 11, Minnesota 1
Joe Cronin took a walk all three times he faced Jose Rosado, and Kirby Puckett got two singles off him, but the rest of the Twins lineup only added four singles and zero walks during Rosado’s strong seven innings. The Twins had no extra base hits, while the Royals second through sixth hitters all had at least one extra-base knock. Danny Tartabull homered in his third straight game and is tied for 9th most dingers in the league at 14.
R H BB MN 001 000 000 - 1 7 4 KC 024 130 01x - 11 12 5 HR: J. Mayberry (11), D. Tartabull (14) starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Pascual 2.0 6 4 0 2 0 J. Rosado 7.0 1 1 0 3 3 MN 38-35, KC 36-37
June 24: Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1
Bert Blyleven is hitting a good stretch after a not-so-hot start to the season. He’s given up just four runs in his last three starts (23 innings). Mark Gubicza wasn’t too shabby for KC, but he gave up a two-run homer to Stan Spence that provided Minnesota all the offense they needed.
R H BB MN 000 021 000 - 3 8 3 KC 000 000 100 - 1 8 3 HR: S. Spence (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Blyleven 8.0 1 1 0 3 5 M. Gubicza 7.0 3 3 1 3 4 MN 39-35, KC 36-38
June 25: Kansas City 4, Minnesota 3
In the top of the first, Kirby Puckett finally nailed his first homer of the year to give Minnesota a quick 2-0 lead. (Puckett has struggled at the plate to the point he was demoted earlier in the year into a center field platoon with Sam Rice, so Puckett is usually only seeing action when the Twins face a left-handed starter.)
In the bottom of the first, Rice (filling in in right field) and Rod Carew both made errors, and Joe Mauer allowed a passed ball. The Royals made them pay. In addition to the errors in the inning, George Brett and Alex Gordon both walked, and Darrell Porter drove a two-run single, and KC took a 3-2 lead.
The score remained there for the next five innings, starters Jim Shaw and Danny Jackson trading zeroes. But in the top of the seventh, Minnesota broke the string of goose eggs when Carew led off with a walk, Puckett singled him over, and Goose Goslin singled Carew home to tie the game.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when Alcides Escobar and Willie Wilson led off with back-to-back singles and Shaw was lifted for Eddie Guardado. Guardado’s first hitter was John Mayberry, who hit an infield grounder. Escobar took off from third on contact and beat the throw home to plate the series-winning run.
R H BB MN 200 000 100 - 3 10 3 KC 300 000 001 - 4 6 4 HR: K. Puckett (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Shaw 8.1 4 1 0 4 4 D. Jackson 6.1 3 3 1 3 1 MN 39-36, KC 37-38