KC Starts Quiet, Mayberry Wakes Them Up In Time To Claim Series In Cleveland

June 27: Cleveland 5, Kansas City 0

It was the Addie Joss show as the Cleveland hurler twirled his second shutout of the year. Manny Ramirez was good in a supporting role, blasting two homers to drive in four of Cleveland’s five runs.

                  R  H BB
KC  000 000 000 - 0  6  2
CLE 001 000 13x - 5 10  2

HR: M. Ramirez-2 (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   7.0  2  2  1  2  6  
A. Joss     9.0  0  0  0  2  2 

KC 37-39, CLE 39-37

mayberryJune 28: Kansas City 4, Cleveland 2

Sam McDowell shut out the KC bats for eight innings, and 17 innings had passed in the series with the Royals still looking for their first run. Bret Saberhagen was cruising for KC too, giving up just one run in eight innings of work.

McDowell took the hill in the top of the ninth looking to complete a 1-0 win for the Naps, but the Royals finally made some noise. Mike Sweeney led off with a walk, Alex Gordon followed with a single, and Darrell Porter drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Cody Allen came on to relieve McDowell and very nearly got out of it. He got Willie Wilson to fly out shallow enough to hold Sweeney at third, then Frank White struck out for the second out. But Big John Mayberry came off the bench to pinch-hit for Alcides Escobar and drilled a grand slam to cast a pall over the Cleveland crowd.

                  R H BB
KC  000 000 004 - 4 8  5
CLE 000 000 101 - 2 6  1

HR: J. Mayberry (12), T. Hafner (9)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  8.0  1  1  0  1  3  
S. McDowell    8.0  3  3  0  5  7 

KC 38-39, CLE 39-38

June 29: Kansas City 6, Cleveland 4

The Royal bats stayed awake the next day against Corey Kluber. Willie Wilson smacked three singles, and now leads the league in singles with 82. Darrell Porter collected one single and two doubles. Frank White laced a two-RBI single in the sixth to push across the winning run and help KC reach .500.

The series wrapped up a tough stretch of nine straight inter-divisional games for KC, five of which they managed to put in the win column.

                  R  H BB
KC  002 103 000 - 6 15  1
CLE 200 020 000 - 4  6  3

HR: A. Rosen (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado  7.1  4  4  1  1  7  
C. Kluber  5.2  6  6  0  0  6 

KC 39-39, CLE 39-39
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