This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: March 12

Kansas City’s ninth-inning rally fell just short as the Royals lost to Cincinnati for the second time in two days, 4-3 at the Reds’ spring training home in Tampa. The Royals scored two runs in the ninth but could not tie the game. Cincinnati’s Lee May hit a tiebreaking home run in the third off the Royals’ Wally Bunker. That put the Reds ahead 2-1 and they would add single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Bunker allowed four hits and two walks in his three innings. More promising for the Royals was the performance of reliever Moe Drabowsky, who struck out three and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

George Spriggs led the Kansas City offense with two hits and two runs driven in.

Today’s birthdays: Don O’Riley (1945), Bill Butler (1947), Ruppert Jones (1955)

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