This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: September 30

This Date In Royals History

Ed Kirkpatrick single-handedly led the Royals to an 8-5 win over the Angels at Municipal Stadium, as he hit two home runs and drove in six.

This was the second game in a row where Kirkpatrick hit two home runs. The barrage gave him 14 home runs for the season, which would ultimately lead the team. By throwing a triple and single in the mix, he narrowly missed being the first Royal to hit for the cycle.

Kansas City wasted little time jumping on Angels starter Tom Murphy. Scott Northey led off the first with a double. Mike Fiore walked and Luis Alcaraz doubled to drive in both runners. Kirkpatrick tripled for another run and a 3-0 lead.

California answered with two runs in the second inning, but both were unearned after an error by third baseman Bob Oliver. However, Royals starter Dick Drago would not allow another Angel to reach second base until the eighth, as he gave up just two singles and a walk between the second and eighth innings.

Kirkpatrick hit his first home run of the game in the fifth, with Alcaraz aboard after a single. Then Kirkpatrick hit a three-run blast in the seventh. That came with Northey and Fiore on base and gave KC an 8-2 lead.

Drago cruised into the ninth with that big lead, before California made things a little interesting. Jim Spencer started the inning with a walk, followed by singles by Sandy Alomar and Marty Perez. Drago walked Jay Johnstone to force in a run, and Al Fitzmorris entered the game in relief. Fitzmorris retired the next three batters in order, although runs scored on the first two groundouts. Fitzmorris earned his second save of the year with the outing.

The win gave the Royals a record of 67-93, and pulled them into a tie for fourth with Chicago. Both teams were 29 games behind Minnesota in the AL West.

Box score and play-by-play: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA196909300.shtml

Today’s birthdays: Rusty Torres (1948), Jose Lima (1972), Jeremy Giambi (1974), Bryan Bullington (1980)

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