Sunday, March 2, 2014

Royals sweep Tigers, continue to surprise

Game 1:  Kansas City 9  Detroit 7  (11 innings)

W: Wickersham (2-0)   L: Lasher (0-1)    HRs: Adair (2), Foy (1), Northrup (4), Wert (4)

The Royals outlasted the Tigers in a wild extra inning affair at Tiger Stadium.  After the Tigers put together a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 8th to take a 5-4 lead it looked like Denny McLain would get another victory.  That was not to be the case though as the Royals scored three more of their own in the top of the 9th to go back on top 7-5.  Don Wert ignited the Tiger faithful in the bottom of the 9th with a game tying shot.  In the bottom of the 10th the Tigers put the winning run on third with one out.  However Wickersham pitched out of it, getting Al Kaline to pop out before striking out Bill Freehan.  That seemed to take the wind out of the Tigers' sails as the Royals pushed two more runs across the plate in the top of the 11th.  Those proved to be enough as they held off the Tigers from that point on to win the game 9-7.  Jerry Adair had 3 hits for the Royals and Al Kaline had the same for the Tigers.

Game 2:  Kansas City 8  Detroit 1 

W: Rooker (1-0)   L: Lolich (4-1)    HRs: Price (1)

Kansas City jumped on previously unbeaten Mickey Lolich with 4 first-inning runs, and cruised from there to an 8-1 triumph at Detroit and a two-game series sweep.  The Tigers still appeared to be hung over from the previous night's long extra-inning game, as they never got it going against lefty Jim Rooker.  Bob Oliver banged out 3 hits for the Royals who had 15 hits in all.  With the loss, the Tigers drop to .500 for the season and are beginning to lose sight of the Orioles in the AL East standings.

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