New York Wins First Two, Kansas City Pulls Out Incredible Finale

hoyt
August 10: New York 9, Kansas City 2

Waite Hoyt matched his best line of the season in a strong complete game. Things really blew up in the top of the eighth when Bernie Williams crushed a grand slam against Kelvin Herrera.

                 R  H BB
NY 210 000 060 - 9 10  2
KC 000 001 001 - 2  7  1

HR: J. DiMaggio (9), B. Williams (8), A. Rodriguez (16)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt     9.0  2  2  0  1  1  
D. Jackson  7.0  3  3  1  0  4 

NY 58-54, KC 58-56

August 11: New York 6, Kansas City 1

Lefty Gomez then matched his best line of the year with a strong complete game and the Yanks bats found the going fairly easy against Mark Gubicza.

                 R H BB
NY 130 002 000 - 6 8  3
KC 000 000 010 - 1 5  1

HR: D. Jeter (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    9.0  1  1  0  1  4  
M. Gubicza  5.0  6  5  1  3  2 

NY 59-54, KC 58-57

August 12: Kansas City 4, New York 3 (15 innings)

After those two yawners, the teams played an instant classic in the finale. A Tony Lazzeri error in the third helped KC to a 1-0 lead, and Jose Rosado had a no-hitter going after five innings. Lou Gehrig led off the top of the sixth by reaching on a Frank White error, and Babe Ruth followed it up with a dinger to give New York a 2-1 lead on their first hit of the day.

Pitching for both sides was great, and the score was still tied 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth with starter Ray Caldwell still going when Hal McRae led it off with a walk. Kevin Seitzer followed that with a single that pushed McRae to third, and Caldwell got yanked for Mariano Rivera, who got the first out with a strikeout of Alex Gordon. Then Darrell Porter came up huge with a slow fielder’s choice that allowed McRae to race home to tie the game.

The bullpens were both filthy as the game went on and on. The KC bullpen never did allow an earned run in their 7.2 innings. The stalemate finally broke in the top of the 15th in a supremely disappointing way–Willie Wilson and McRae both made errors to help Lou Gehrig come around to put the Yanks up 3-2.

Sparky Lyle had pitched scoreless frames in the 13th and 14th, and came back out to try to end things in the bottom of the 15th. Alcides Escobar led off with a single, and then came up huge with a gutsy steal of second against Yogi Berra on a 1-15 chance. Freddie Patek then rolled into what would have been a double-play ball had Escobar not stolen but instead was just the first out of the inning. Wilson followed with a walk, and John Mayberry followed with a flyout to make it two on and two out, Yanks still up 3-2. Luckily for KC, George Brett stood in the batter’s box, and he brought the house down by slashing an RBI single to tie it up. McRae then atoned for his error in the top of the inning with a walk-off single.

Lou Gehrig was awfully quiet in the series, including an 0-for-7 in the finale, and shaved eight points off his wOBA. Chicago’s Joe Jackson is now just .008 behind Gehrig’s league-leading .420 wOBA. (Thanks to the Iron Horse’s durability, his lead in total runs created is still massive.)

                         R  H BB
NY 000 002 000 000 001 - 3  7  6
KC 001 000 001 000 002 - 4 11  5
HR: B. Ruth (26)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  8.0  2  1  0  4  3  
J. Rosado    7.1  2  1  1  3  2 

NY 59-55, KC 59-57

Anaheim Takes Series In Kansas City

August 7: Anaheim 6, Kansas City 1

Neither team managed a hit in the first four innings nor scored in the first five as Kelvim Escobar and Jose Rosado started off with an unexpected pitchers duel. Rosado suddenly lost it in the sixth though when he hit Mike Napoli with a pitch and then gave up three consecutive singles and was pulled. The Angels added three unearned runs in the eighth.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 003 030 - 6 7  4
KC  000 001 000 - 1 4  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  6.0  1  1  0  2  5  
J. Rosado   5.1  3  3  0  3  6 

ANA 41-69, KC 57-54

August 8: Kansas City 3, Anaheim 2 (11 innings)

Mike Trout homered in the first and the Angels scratched a second run across in the second before Kevin Appier dug in and gave up no more runs in his nine innings, which was his longest outing of the year.

Frank Tanana took a turn in what has been Nolan Ryan’s spot in the rotation and was sharp, giving up nada for seven innings before Amost Otis tagged him for a solo shot leading off the eighth. Later in that inning, Danny Tartabull doubled and Mike Sweeney drove him in to tie it up.

Joakim Soria kept the Angels off the board in the 10th and 11th, and Darrell Porter sent the fans home happy with a walk-off dinger in the bottom of the 11th.

                     R  H BB
ANA 110 000 000 00 - 2 10  1
KC  000 000 020 01 - 3 11  1

HR: M. Trout (11), A. Otis (3), D. Porter (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana  7.0  1  1  1  1  3  
K. Appier  9.0  2  2  1  1  8 

ANA 41-70, KC 58-54

messAugust 9: Anaheim 6, Kansas City 1

The Royals lost more ground to first-place Seattle as they scuffled against an impressive Andy Messersmith. The Angels hurler was helped by three double plays to face just 29 batters in a complete game.

Bret Saberhagen got blasted in a short disaster start. Bud Black followed him up with seven shutout innings.

                  R  H BB
ANA 042 000 000 - 6 12  3
KC  000 100 000 - 1  4  1

HR: J. Edmonds (9), T. Glaus (18)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  9.0  1  1  0  1  5  
B. Saberhagen   2.0  6  6  2  1  2 

ANA 42-70, KC 58-55

Kansas City Catchers Provide Late Dramatics In Series Win Over Toronto

August 3: Kansas City 6, Toronto 5

Toronto strung together a bunch of hits to put up five runs against Kevin Appier and carried a 5-2 lead into the eighth inning. Juan Guzman was good for seven innings, but relievers Scott Downs and Tom Henke saw the lead quickly slip away in the eighth on hits by John Mayberry, George Brett, Hal McRae, and then the go-ahead runs on a two run bomb from Darrell Porter. Dan Quisenberry and Greg Holland combined for four shutout innings out of the KC ‘pen.

                  R  H BB
KC  100 000 140 - 6 10  1
TOR 300 020 000 - 5 12  2

HR: W. Wilson (3), D. Tartabull (20), D. Porter (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   5.0  5  5  0  2  5  
J. Guzman   7.0  2  2  2  1  5 

KC 55-52, TOR 48-58

perezAugust 4: Kansas City 4, Toronto 3

Homers from Fred McGriff and Ernie Whitt buoyed a nasty Roy Halladay and had the Jays in good position with a 3-0 lead handed to Henke in the ninth inning. Henke got his first two batters and the game looked over with nobody on and two out.

But George Brett doubled, Alex Gordon walked, and Amos Otis singled the bases loaded. Then, for the second game in a row, a Royals catcher took Henke deep to cap off a dramatic late comeback. This time it was off the bat of Salvador Perez and it was a very grand slam.

                  R H BB
KC  000 000 004 - 4 7  2
TOR 100 020 000 - 3 7  2

HR: S. Perez (2), F. McGriff (17), E. Whitt (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  7.0  3  3  2  1  6  
R. Halladay    7.0  0  0  0  1  4 

KC 56-52, TOR 48-59

August 5: Toronto 5, Kansas City 3

Ironically, the slugging Blue Jays took the contest in which they connected for zero extra base hits. Two errors by Alcides Escobar helped their cause quite a bit.

Hal McRae homered twice to drive in all three KC runs before coming up in the ninth down by two with two outs and the bases loaded. There was no dramatic for KC in this one though, and McRae popped out to give Toronto a win after losing seven straight to the Royals.

                  R H BB
KC  000 001 020 - 3 8  3
TOR 040 000 10x - 5 6  6

HR: H. McRae-2 (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  7.0  5  3  0  5  5  
J. Key      7.0  3  3  2  1  4 

KC 56-53, TOR 49-59

August 6: Kansas City 7, Toronto 4

Doyle Alexander’s great first half slipped farther into the rear view mirror as he had his third rough game in his last four starts. The Royals strung together a walk and six hits in the third inning alone.

The Kansas City bullpen did not allow a run in the series in 9.1 innings pitched.

                  R  H BB
KC  015 001 000 - 7 13  2
TOR 000 001 300 - 4  9  3

HR: J. Mayberry (18), C. Delgado (22), S. Green (18)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza    6.2  4  4  2  3  6  
D. Alexander  5.2  7  7  1  2  3 

KC 57-53, TOR 49-60

Boston Losing Streak Hits 9 Before They Recover To Take Series vs. Kansas City

July 31: Kansas City 6, Boston 1

Danny Jackson had a career day as he held the ice-cold Red Sox to one run in a complete game dandy. The Royals batters made contact all day long, and everything they touched seemed to drop in for a safety. Danny Tartabull, Willie Wilson, Frank White, and Alcides Escobar all had three-hit days amidst a 16-hit barrage from KC.

Boston’s flabbergasting losing streak hit nine games and they fell to a pitiful 11-11 record against Expansion teams.

                  R  H BB
KC  300 001 020 - 6 16  3
BOS 000 010 000 - 1  8  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  9.0  1  1  0  1  6  
L. Grove    7.0  6  4  0  2  3 

KC 54-50, BOS 59-44

August 1: Boston 5, Kansas City 2

The Red Sox finally put together another W. Their first three batters in the bottom of the first all got hits and came around to score against Mark Gubicza. Smoky Joe Wood shut the Royals out for the first seven innings before KC got a rally going in the eighth. Hits from White, Wilson, George Brett, and Mike Sweeney got the tying run to the on-deck circle, but Jonathan Papelbon came in and quickly doused any threat.

                  R H BB
KC  000 000 020 - 2 8  1
BOS 300 020 00x - 5 8  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza  6.0  5  5  0  4  3  
S.J. Wood   7.2  2  2  0  1  3 

KC 54-51, BOS 60-44

clemens by scoreboard
August 2: Boston 5, Kansas City 2

It was an identical score the next day as Roger Clemens got back to being the Rocket after two rough starts. His ERA dropped back under 3.00 and is third best in the league. Boston’s first four batters, Wade Boggs, Tris Speaker, Ted Williams, and Jimmie Foxx, combined for three walks, four singles, a double, a triple, and a dong.

Boston took four of six from KC this year and is still clinging to a one-game lead in the Original Division.

                  R H BB
KC  200 000 000 - 2 3  2
BOS 002 012 00x - 5 9  7

HR: H. McRae (8), J. Foxx (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado   5.1  5  5  1  4  1  
R. Clemens  9.0  2  2  1  1  7 

KC 54-42, BOS 61-44

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