The Royals managed just two runs, both in the first inning. But that was enough, as Wally Bunker and Dick Drago held Pittsburgh to six hits and one run as the Royals picked up a 2-1 win in Fort Myers.
Pat Kelly started the game with a walk against Pirates starter Bob Veale. Jerry Adair followed with a single and both runners moved up when Pittsburgh shortstop (and future Royal) Freddie Patek mishandled the throw from the outfield. A Joe Foy single and Chuck Harrison groundout gave the Royals their two runs. Foy was the only Royal to pick up more than one hit.
Bunker somehow limited Pittsburgh to one run in six innings, despite allowing five hits and issuing four walks. Drago was much better, holding the Pirates to one hit and one walk in his three innings.
Today’s birthdays: Craig Paquette (1969)