This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: September 21

This Date In Royals History

Chicago’s eight-run third inning led the White Sox to a 10-2 blowout win over the Royals at Municipal Stadium.

Royals starter Wally Bunker allowed a run in the first inning, as Luis Aparicio walked and Tommy McCraw doubled. Kansas City answered with a Joe Foy solo home run in the second, but Foy’s error on a Joe Horlen grounder opened the door for the big White Sox inning.

It took three Kansas City pitchers to get through the third inning. Bunker was lifted after the Foy error and four straight hits. Tom Burgmeier entered the game and immediately gave up a three-run home run to Ed Herrmann. After two more singles sandwiched around a groundout, Burgmeier was lifted in favor of Don O’Riley. Joe Horlen greeted him with a two-run single before O’Riley got the last two outs of the inning.

But by then Chicago held a commanding 9-1 lead. Kansas City scored one run in the third as Luis Alcaraz tripled and Ed Kirkpatrick singled, but Horlen only allowed four hits and a walk the rest of the way as he pitched a complete game.

The loss dropped the Royals to 64-88 on the season, and into a tie for fourth place in the AL West with Chicago. Both teams were 27 games behind Minnesota, who was on the verge of clinching the division title.

Box score and play-by-play: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA196909210.shtml

Today’s birthdays: Ewing Kauffman (1916), Gary Lance (1948), Aurelio Lopez (1948), Carlos Rosa (1984), Jeremy Jeffress (1987)

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