This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: June 18

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In what was probably the Royals’ worst day of the whole 1969 season, Kansas City suffered two beatings at the hands of the Oakland A’s, who swept a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium by scores of 16-4 and 9-2.

The Royals actually had the lead a couple of times in the first game. Kansas City got a run in the first inning when Jackie Hernandez singled, stole second, and took third on a Pat Kelly single. Joe Foy’s sacrifice fly brought the run home.

Oakland took a 2-1 lead in the second, but the Royals responded with three runs in their half of the second. Bob Oliver led off with a single and took third when Ellie Rodriguez doubled. With one out, Jackie Hernandez reached on a bunt single, with Oliver scoring. Juan Rios singled to center, scoring Rodriguez, and Hernandez raced home when Rick Monday booted the ball.

However, after that, it was all Oakland. The Athletics roughed up Dick Drago for three runs in the fifth, highlighted by Reggie Jackson’s two-run home run. They added three runs in the sixth against relievers Steve Jones and Mike Hedlund, increasing their lead to 8-4. Then Oakland scored two more in the eighth against Hedlund and finished off the assault with six runs in the ninth off Tom Burgmeier, although the A’s were helped by two Royals errors in the inning.

Rather incredibly, Oakland’s Chuck Dobson pitched a complete game despite allowing 11 hits and five walks.

Oakland’s hot hitting continued in the second game, as they scored five runs in the first against Royals starter Jim Rooker, who issued three walks, hit a batter, and recorded just one out before being pulled from the game. Oakland pitcher Blue Moon Odom drove in the last run of the inning, then picked up another RBI in the third, increasing the Oakland lead to 6-0.

The A’s added single runs in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings. Those offset the single runs the Royals scored in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, singles by Jerry Adair, Kelly, and Ed Kirkpatrick produced one run. In the sixth, a Kelly double and passed ball preceded Foy’s sacrifice fly. Odom joined Dobson in the complete-game club, although he allowed nine hits and four walks.

The two losses dropped Kansas City’s record to 25-37. They remained in fifth place in the AL West, 9.5 games behind Oakland, who took over first place in the division with the sweep.

Box score and play-by-play (game one): https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA196906181.shtml
Box score and play-by-play (game two): https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA196906182.shtml

Today’s birthday: Russ McGinnis (1963)

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