This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: April 21

The Royals returned home with a dud, dropping a 7-1 loss to Toronto on an unseasonably warm Monday evening at Royals Stadium.

On a day when temperatures in Kansas City soared into the upper 80s, Dave Stieb, in his first full year in the majors, stifled the Royals on five hits. Two of those came in the ninth inning after the game was well in hand for the Blue Jays. Stieb struck out three and walked three in his complete game.

Meanwhile, Toronto took advantage of two U.L. Washington errors to score four unearned runs. The first error came in the fourth inning. Former Royal John Mayberry started the inning with a walk from Royals starter Rich Gale. Roy Howell singled, and a walk to Otto Velez loaded the bases. Barry Bonnell hit a grounder to second, but Washington made a bad throw to first on the double play attempt and two runs scored. Damaso Garcia followed with an RBI double for a 3-0 lead.

The score remained there until the ninth. Bonnell led off by reaching on Washington’s second error. After Garcia doubled and Wille Upshaw was walked intentionally, Dan Quisenberry took over for Gale. However, Bob Davis singled for one run. After a forceout at home, Rick Bosetti grounded into a forceout at third, with one run scoring. Mayberry finished things off with a two-run double.

Kansas City’s lone run came in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, Hal McRae singled and Pete LaCock doubled. But Stieb retired Jamie Quirk to end the game.

The Royals dropped below .500 with the loss, at 5-6 on the season. They were 3.5 games behind Oakland in the AL West.

George Brett watch: 0-3 with a walk. Season stats: .231/.362/.487.

1980 news alert: in Boston, Rosie Ruiz apparently wins the Boston Marathon. However, it is quickly determined that Ruiz had jumped out of the crowd about a mile from the finish line and only completed that portion of the course. Suspicions arose when race organizers realized Ruiz had only completed one marathon but had managed to “set” a new women’s record in the Boston Marathon, with a 25-minute improvement over her time in the 1979 New York City Marathon (later, she would be retroactively disqualified from that one as well). But her ruse was not officially discovered until she had received the first-place medal and other accolades.

Box score and play-by-play: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA198004210.shtml

Today’s birthdays: Kip Wells (1977), Jeff Keppinger (1980)

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