Kansas City Socks Chicago

escoJuly 28: Kansas City 6, Chicago 4

Joe Jackson, Frank Thomas, and Chet Lemon strung together singles in the fifth inning and Magglio Ordonez followed them up with a three-run mama-jabba to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

In the seventh, John Mayberry launched a two-run jobbie to cut the Chi lead to 4-3.

Terry Forster was twirling for Chicago in the eighth, and KC had two on and two out when Alcides Escobar laced a triple to put the finishing touches on an excellent late comeback.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 040 000 - 4 8  5
KC  001 000 23x - 6 8  3

HR: M. Ordonez (6), J. Mayberry (17)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.2  3  3  1  2  6  
J. Rosado  6.0  4  4  1  4  1 

CHI 54-46, KC 52-49

July 29: Chicago 7, Kansas City 1

Kevin Appier’s rollercoaster season dipped to another valley as the White Sox hit him hard and often and his ERA (4.58) rose to the wrong side of league-average. Every Chicago batsman had a hit, led by Minnie Minoso’s three.

Chris Sale had hit a rough patch over his previous four starts, but got back to nasty with an efficient seven innings allowing just one run. He poked back into the league top 10 ERAs at 3.43.

                  R  H BB
CHI 001 320 010 - 7 13  2
KC  010 000 000 - 1  4  1

HR: W. Wilson (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale    7.0  1  1  1  1  5  
K. Appier  5.0  6  6  0  2  4 

CHI 55-46, KC 52-50

July 30: Kansas City 9, Chicago 5

Chicago ended the series feeling like they’d handed it on a silver platter to the Royals. Minoso, Luke Appling, and Eddie Collins all made boners in the game that contributed to six unearned runs piling up against starter Eddie Cicotte. Cicotte didn’t exactly help the cause with his eight walks.

The White Sox dropped in plenty of singles plus one homer against Bret Saberhagen, but the Sabes walked just one and his defense made the makable plays behind him. Willie Wilson and Escobar smacked three hits each, including Escobar’s second triple of the series and team-leading sixth of the season.

KC took four of six from Chicago on the year.

                  R  H BB
CHI 010 101 200 - 5 13  1
KC  020 140 20x - 9 11  8

HR: F. Thomas (16)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte     6.2  9  3  0  8  1  
B. Saberhagen  7.0  5  5  1  1  4 

CHI 55-47, KC 53-50

Seattle Wins Battle For First In Kansas City

July 25: Seattle 5, Kansas City 3

The two teams tied for first in the Expansion met for a three-game series that would end with the tie broken one way or another. Seattle took the first game by bunching up their hits against Bret Saberhagen, who had been scorching hot in his prior six starts. Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis each had a single and a double.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 012 020 - 5 10  1
KC  000 102 00x - 3  6  4
HR: M. Sweeney (9), H. McRae (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez   7.0  3  3  2  2  3  
B. Saberhagen  7.0  5  5  0  1  4 

SEA 51-47, KC 50-48

US PRESSWIRE Sports ArchiveJuly 26: Seattle 7, Kansas City 1

Seattle sucked the drama out of the series pretty quick as they claimed the set in a not-so-close second game. Davis reached base safely four times to lead a parade of Seattle runners against Danny Jackson.

Hal McRae swatted a single and two doubles hitting second for the Royals, but the next five batters in the order combined for zilch hits against a wicked Randy Johnson. The Big Unit pitched his fourth nine inning start and lowered his ERA to 3.60, 13th best in the league.

                  R  H BB
SEA 210 040 000 - 7 12  5
KC  100 000 000 - 1  7  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  9.0  1  1  0  2  5  
D. Jackson  4.0  6  5  0  3  3 

SEA 52-47, KC 50-49

July 27: Kansas City 1, Seattle 0

The pitching was fierce for both sides in the finale. Mark Gubicza, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Greg Holland combined to blank the Mariners. Holland put the first two batters on in the top of the ninth but then struck out the next three. Jamie Moyer lowered his ERA to 3.37, eighth in the league.

Ken Griffey had three of Seattle’s six hits, all singles. The Royals as a team collected only three hits, but Kevin Seitzer’s lead-off double in the fourth preceded a Mike Sweeney single later in the inning to plate the only run of the game.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
KC  000 100 00x - 1 3  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    6.0  1  1  0  2  1  
M. Gubicza  5.2  0  0  0  1  1 

SEA 52-48, KC 51-49

Alou Crushes Four Homers In Houston Series Win In Kansas City

alouJuly 22: Houston 6, Kansas City 4

Moises Alou was very rude to Mark Gubicza, blasting a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run job in the second inning.

Willie Wilson tried to carry the Royals on his back with his finest day of a fine season. He singled thrice, stole second thrice, and collected his first four-bagger of the year on an inside-the-park sprint around the bases as the ball rattled around the expansive Kauffman Stadium outfield walls. He was involved in all four KC runs, scoring three and driving in two. Wilson leads the lead in singles and stolen bases, and leads the Expansion Division with a .315 batting average.

Roy Oswalt contained the rest of KC’s lineup enough to make Alou’s five RBI stand up.

                  R H BB
HOU 231 000 000 - 6 8  4
KC  101 200 000 - 4 9  2

HR: M. Alou-2 (18), W. Wilson (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   8.0  4  4  1  2  9  
M. Gubicza  7.0  6  5  2  4  5 

HOU 43-51, KC 49-46

July 23: Houston 13, Kansas City 3

Bud Black made a spot start to rest Jose Rosado’s arm, and it did not go well. Cesar Cedeno and Jeff Bagwell both took him deep as the Astros abused him for seven runs in 3.2 innings. Things got worse in the sixth inning when John Mayberry and Wilson both made errors and Alou crushed another dinger.

Alex Gordon smacked two doubles and a homer in KC’s losing effort.

                   R  H BB
HOU 020 515 000 - 13 14  6
KC  001 100 001 -  3  9  2

HR: J. Bagwell (20), M. Alou (19), C. Cedeno (11),
A. Gordon (5), D. Porter (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott   7.0  2  2  2  1  3  
B. Black   3.2  7  7  2  3  2

HOU 44-51, KC 49-47

July 24: Kansas City 11, Houston 5

Seven different hurlers pitched in this game, and every one of them gave up at least one earned run. Both starters were actually pretty good–J.R. Richard was decent for Houston, and Kevin Appier was on top of his game, and it was a low scoring and close affair through six innings.

Once the bullpens entered the game, things got a bit out of hand. Alou homered again, his fourth of the series, and a string of three Houston relievers had a devilish time trying to get out of the eighth inning as 11 Royals came to the plate and scored seven. George Brett crushed a grand slam and Darrell Porter a three-run homer in the inning.

                   R  H BB
HOU 010 000 013 -  5 13  1
KC  001 000 37x - 11 13  9

HR: M. Alou (20), G. Brett (5), D. Porter (9)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J.R. Richard  6.1  3  3  0  5  3  
K. Appier     7.0  1  1  0  0  3 

HOU 44-52, KC 50-47

Anaheim Slows Kansas City’s Roll

July 19: Anaheim 3, Kansas City 1

With hindsight, it looks a little bit odd that Andy Messersmith was pulled after getting one out in the sixth even though he only allowed one run. But after getting the first batter of the sixth out, the Royals loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Clinging to a 2-1 lead at the time, manager Mike Scioscia felt the importance of the situation and brought in Francisco Rodriguez, one of his top relief arms. F-Rod rewarded Scioscia by promptly inducing a double play ball off the bat of Darrell Porter.

Rodriguez also pitched a shutout seventh inning, and Troy Percival nailed down the eighth and ninth without getting into trouble.

                  R H BB
KC  010 000 000 - 1 6  4
ANA 101 000 01x - 3 6  4

HR: B. Downing (6)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier       7.0  3  3  1  4  4  
A. Messersmith  5.1  1  1  0  4  2 

KC 48-44, ANA 34-58

July 20: Kansas City 2, Anaheim 1

The Royals offense was limp all series, but they managed to steal this game thanks mostly to Bret Saberhagen’s dominance. Sabes has been in the zone over his last six starts, in which he has a 1.90 ERA. His season ERA is down to 3.73, fourth best in the Expansion Division.

The KC offense still needed even more help than a hot Saberhagen. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth, the Royals had runners on first and third with two outs when first baseman Rod Carew mishandled a Willie Wilson groundball that allowed KC’s winning run to score and spoil an excellent start by Dean Chance.

                  R H BB
KC  100 000 001 - 2 6  3
ANA 000 010 000 - 1 7  1
HR: none

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  8.0  1  1  0  1  5  
D. Chance      8.2  2  1  0  3  3 

KC 49-44, ANA 34-59

Jered-WeaverJuly 21: Anaheim 3, Kansas City 2

The suddenly cold KC offense tried to break out of it against Jered Weaver, who has thus far been the best pitcher in the Expansion Division. Perhaps not surprisingly, their cold snap continued, and they managed just two runs in the game. Weaver gave up just one earned in eight innings of work, and Troy Percival struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to pull off a series win for Anaheim.

Back-to-back-to-back singles by Carew, Jim Fregosi, and Bob Boone scored the winning runs in the bottom of the fifth. Bobby Grich staked out Anaheim’s first run with a solo dong in the third.

Even for the two lowest scoring teams in the league, it was an especially low scoring series – neither team scored more than three runs in any of the games.

                  R  H BB
KC  011 000 000 - 2  4  4
ANA 001 020 00x - 3 10  1

HR: B. Grich (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  6.0  3  3  1  0  2  
J. Weaver   8.0  2  1  0  4  2 

KC 49-45, ANA 35-59

KC’s Second Half Roll Continues With Series Win In Oakland

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

bullJuly 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

Kansas City Stays Perfect In 2nd Half With Sweep of Texas

Danny Tartabull looks on

July 12: Kansas City 8, Texas 5

The Royals came out of the break with a four-game sweep over Toronto, then traveled to Arlington for this series still firing on all cylinders.

The Rangers are the homer-happiest team in the league, and the Royals have knocked the fewest dingers in the Expansion Division, so naturally KC crushed seven dongs in the series compared to two for Texas. In the opening game, Darrell Porter hit a solo round-tripper for an insurance run, but it was a Danny Tartabull three-run shot in the third inning that opened up a lead that the Royals never relinquished. It was Tartabull’s third straight game with a dinger.

Jose Rosado was en fuego on the mound for KC, getting into very little trouble in his seven innings. A Frank White error led to the lone, unearned run Texas scored against Rosado. Jeff Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry coughed up some runs late in the game, but the Royals pitchers did not walk a single Ranger in the game.

                  R  H BB
KC  103 002 011 - 8 13  4
TEX 001 000 013 - 5 11  0

HR: D. Tartabull (17), D. Porter (7), F. Howard (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado  7.0  1  0  0  0  5  
C. Hough   5.2  6  6  1  3  4 

KC 44-42, TEX 38-48

July 13: Kansas City 7, Texas 2

All seven KC runs were scored on home runs, one each by John Mayberry, George Brett, and Tartabull’s fourth homer in as many games to climb into a tie with Frank Robinson for fifth most homers in the league at 18.

KC got another excellent start, this time from Kevin Appier. Ape was nails for eight innings before fading in the ninth. He was one out away from authoring his first shutout of the season when an Ivan Rodriguez double drove in two runs.

                  R H BB
KC  000 022 003 - 7 9  5
TEX 000 000 002 - 2 8  2

HR: J. Mayberry (14), G. Brett (4), D. Tartabull (18)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   8.2  2  2  0  2  7  
Y. Darvish  6.0  4  4  2  3  7 

KC 45-42, TEX 38-49

July 14: Kansas City 5, Texas 3

The Rangers took their first and last lead of the series on a Juan Gonzalez bomb in the sixth inning. Mayberry erased the lead almost immediately when he led off the seventh inning by launching his second homer and third hit of the game. Hits by Mike Sweeney and Hal McRae later in the same inning gave the Royals the lead back for good, and KC is flying high with a perfect 7-0 record since the All-Star break.

Mayberry’s massive series pushed his wOBA to .393, eighth best in the league and second best in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
KC  101 000 201 - 5 15  1
TEX 000 003 000 - 3  8  4

HR: J. Mayberry-2 (16), J. Gonzalez (15)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  6.0  3  3  1  2  5  
G. Perry       7.0  4  4  2  1  4 

KC 46-42, TEX 38-50

Tied For First Going In, KC Comes Up Huge With 4-Game Sweep of Toronto

July 8: Kansas City 7, Toronto 6

The Royals and Blue Jays split their 12 matches in the first half and also finished with identical 39-42 records atop the Expansion Division. Their second halves began with a four-game set in Kansas City.

Toronto jumped on Kevin Appier for four runs in the first two innings. Appier has a tough time with lefties to begin with, and the Toronto lineup stacks a ton of intimidating lefty bats whenever they face a right-handed starter. It all added up to a short, rough outing for Appier, but the KC bats started getting to Roy Halladay in the third inning. Willie Wilson, John Mayberry, Mike Sweeney, and Hal McRae all rapped hits in the inning to get within a run of Toronto.

Lefty Bud Black, KC’s longman, was stellar for five shutout innings, allowing the Royals to scratch their way to a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning. In the eighth, Frank White put them up by a run with his third homer of the year, and Greg Holland came in to slam the door in the top of the ninth. But pinch-hitting Shannon Stewart led off with a single, Tony Fernandez singled him to third, and Stewart came home to tie the game on a double play grounder.

The Royals wasted no time responding. Mayberry led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, Sweeney singled him over, and McRae singled Mayberry in for the walk-off win.

                  R  H BB
TOR 130 100 001 - 6 12  1
KC  003 100 111 - 7 14  2

HR: F. White (3)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  7.0  5  5  0  2  5  
K. Appier    3.0  5  5  0  1  2 

TOR 39-43, KC 40-42

July 9: Kansas City 11, Toronto 4

Danny Tartabull crushed a three-run job in the first inning, and then all hell broke loose for Toronto in the bottom of the third. The Blue Jays fielders made THREE errors in the inning as six Royals batters paraded around the bases.

                   R  H BB
TOR 000 200 020 -  4  6  4
KC  316 000 10x - 11 14  3

HR: C. Delgado (17), S. Green (15), D. Tartabull (15)

starters        IP   R ER HR BB SO
J. Key         2.0  10  4  1  0  0  
B. Saberhagen  6.0   2  2  1  3  5 

TOR 39-44, KC 41-42

July 10: Kansas City 6, Toronto 5 (11 innings)

Like game one, the teams played a close, back-and-forth affair in game three. Tartabull hit a three-run bomb in the first inning for the second straight game, but Toronto came back to take the lead in the fourth inning by singling Danny Jackson in to submission.

A Willie Wilson double and George Brett triple tied it back up in the fifth, and then KC took a one-run lead in the seventh on a Brett double and Tartabull single.

Wade Davis came on to close the door in the ninth this time, but just like Holland in game one, couldn’t quite do it. Roberto Alomar singled, Stewart singled him to third, and Alomar came home to tie it on a Jose Bautista sac fly.

It stayed dead-locked until the bottom of the 11th. Wilson singled and stole second, and Brett knocked his third extra-base hit of the day with a game-ending RBI double. Wilson, Brett, and Tartabull each collected three hits in the game.

                     R  H BB
TOR 000 400 001 00 - 6 12  2
KC  300 010 100 01 - 7 13  2

HR: D. Tartabull (16)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  6.2  5  2  1  2  6  
D. Jackson    6.0  4  4  0  2  4 

TOR 39-45, KC 42-42

July 11: Kansas City 11, Toronto 6


Toronto rang up a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, but the tenacious Royals stormed right back to tie it in the bottom of the inning. Kevin Seitzer slapped an RBI single and Alex Gordon crushed a three-run bomb. The Royals took a two-run lead in the fifth, but an Edward Encarnacion homer tied it right back up in the top of the sixth.

The Royals ran away with it in the seventh and eighth though as Dave Stieb and Duane Ward struggled for Toronto. Gordon had a perfect day at the plate with a walk, two singles, a double, and a homer, and he collected seven RBI to lead the Royals to an impressive sweep that created a little separation for them at the top spot in the division.

Willie Wilson extended his streak of multi-hit games to eight.

                   R  H BB
TOR 103 002 000 -  6  9  3
KC  004 020 23x - 11 14  6

HR: E. Encarnacion (8), A. Gordon (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb    6.1  8  8  1  3  1  
M. Gubicza  5.0  6  4  1  2  1 

TOR 39-46, KC 43-42