July 15: Oakland 7, Kansas City 4
Danny Jackson and the Royals were humming right along with a 4-0 lead after six innings, but Oakland started getting to them in the seventh. Al Simmons, Home Run Baker, Jose Canseco, and Jason Giambi all reached safely in a row to cut KC’s lead to 4-2, and Kelvin Herrera came on in relief of Jackson. Alcides Escobar made a costly error at short that prolonged the inning and Rickey Henderson doubled in the tying runs. Jimmie Foxx and Giambi both homered in the eighth to give Oakland the victory and hand KC their first loss of the second half after winning seven straight.
R H BB KC 002 002 000 - 4 11 0 OAK 000 000 43x - 7 8 4 HR: J. Foxx (17), J. Giambi (11) starters IP R ER HR BB SO D. Jackson 6.1 4 2 0 3 2 L. Grove 7.0 4 4 0 0 2 KC 46-43, OAK 46-42
July 16: Kansas City 5, Oakland 3 (15 innings)
It had been a while since I’d had a good marathon in the Rhubarb until the teams faced off for 15 innings in this one. John Mayberry led off the game with a reach on error and came around to score, and the hot-hitting Danny Tartabull slammed his 19th homer to give KC a 3-0 lead in the third.
Singles and walks led to Oakland tying the score in the fourth, and then the runs dried up. A’s pitchers held Kansas City scoreless for 11 consecutive innings. Starter Tim Hudson threw nine and allowed just two earned runs, which lowered his ERA to 2.94. That puts him in an exclusive group of five hurlers with sub-3.00 ERAs.
Royals pitchers also held Oakland scoreless for 11 straight innings. A string of KC relievers–Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Joakim Soria, Jeff Montgomery, and Dan Quisenberry–threw 8.1 shutout innings.
Rollie Fingers was on the bump in the top of the 15th when Amos Otis led off with a double. Escobar followed that up with a single, but Otis held up at third since there were still no outs and it would have been a close play at the plate. Freddie Patek flew out, but it was too shallow for Otis to try to tag up. Mayberry came up big with the go-ahead RBI on a single, and Mike Sweeney brought in an insurance run on a sac fly.
R H BB KC 102 000 000 000 002 - 5 8 4 OAK 001 200 000 000 000 - 3 10 6 HR: D. Tartabull (19) starters IP R ER HR BB SO M. Gubicza 6.2 3 3 0 4 4 T. Hudson 9.0 3 2 1 4 3 KC 47-43, OAK 46-43
July 17: Kansas City 6, Oakland 4
Escobar had perhaps his finest series of the season and was in the middle of KC’s scoring in all three games. He collected four RBI on two singles in the finale to help KC claim the series. Tartabull continued to be white hot and laced three singles. He has 17 hits in his last 10 games, including five homers, and has upped his season wOBA to .344 after it stood at just .292 at the end of May.
Each Oakland batter had exactly one hit, including a bomb from another scorching hot hitter, Jimmie Foxx. It was Foxx’s seventh homer in 15 games, and helped boost him up to fourth most runs created in the league.
R H BB KC 100 203 000 - 6 10 5 OAK 010 100 200 - 4 9 3 HR: J. Foxx (18), M. Cochrane (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rosado 7.0 4 4 2 2 6 C. Bender 5.0 6 6 0 3 2 KC 48-43, OAK 46-44