Wally Bunker flirted with the first no-hitter in franchise history, but ultimately had to settle for a one-hit shutout of the California Angels as the Royals picked up a 3-0 win at Anaheim Stadium.
Bunker only struck out two batters, but only walked two as well. Both were in the first inning, but he escaped that and an error on first baseman Mike Fiore with a well-timed double play. Counting the final out of the first inning, Bunker retired nine straight and 16 of the next 17 hitters, with the only exception being Rick Reichardt, who was hit by a pitch in the fourth.
Jay Johnstone led off the seventh with a clean single to left. However, he was promptly erased as Reichardt grounded into a double play. Bunker worked around a two-out error in the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the win. Bunker’s effort dropped his ERA to 3.10 and evened his record at 10-10. It also became the second one-hitter in team history, following Bill Butler’s outing against Cleveland on August 9.
Angels starter Jim McGlothlin pitched well, too. He held the Royals to four hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in eight innings. Kansas City did not get a hit until Ed Kirkpatrick led off the fourth with a home run.
Kirkpatrick also had the Royals’ second hit, duplicating his earlier heroics with another home run leading off the sixth. The two blasts gave Kirkpatrick 10 for the season.
The Royals added an insurance run in the ninth against reliever Steve Kealey, who took over after McGlothlin was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Joe Foy led off with a bunt single, then stole second and scored on a Jerry Adair single.
The win lifted the Royals to 59-83 on the season. They were in fourth place in the AL West, 27 games behind Minnesota.
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