This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: July 13

Larry Gura danced out of plenty of trouble as he picked up his 11th win with a complete game, leading the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles on a Sunday afternoon at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium.

Baltimore compiled seven hits and two walks against Gura, all but one in the first six innings. The Orioles got two men on to start the first inning, but Ken Singleton bounced into a double play. They wasted a leadoff double in the second and only got one run out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fourth. In the sixth, they again started the inning with two men on, but Benny Ayala grounded into a double play.

Meanwhile, the Royals were taking advantage of their scoring chances. Facing reigning AL Cy Young winner Mike Flanagan, Kansas City scored one run in the second. Hal McRae led off with a single, but was still at first with two outs. McRae then stole second and scored on Frank White’s single.

Willie Wilson led off the third with a single, and George Brett singled with one out. Both runners moved up a base on a fly ball, and McRae drove in both with a double.

White doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on a Rusty Torres single. After Wilson singled, Flanagan was pulled from the game, having allowed nine hits in just 3 ⅓ innings. Reliever Dennis Martinez was able to get out of the inning, inducing an Amos Otis popup with the bases loaded, but the Royals still held a 4-0 lead.

The Orioles finally got on the board in the fourth, as Singleton, Eddie Murray, and Ayala started the inning with singles. But Gura limited the damage by striking out Lee May, retiring Rick Dempsey on a sacrifice fly, and getting Mark Belanger to fly out to center field.

Martinez kept the Royals off the board until the eighth. With one out, Wilson singled and stole second. U L Washington drew a walk. Brett doubled to score Wilson, although Washington was thrown out at home. Still, the Royals had a 5-1 lead.

That was plenty of cushion for Gura, who retired the last nine batters he faced to end the game.

George Brett watch: 3-4 with a double and an intentional walk. Season stats: .357/.425/.632.

Box score and play-by-play:

1980 news: In Detroit, the Republican National Convention began, with the main story being the speculation around Ronald Reagan’s choice for vice president. Besides George H.W. Bush, who had opposed Reagan during the primary season, the other contenders appeared to include former president Gerald Ford, Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada, and Representative Jack Kemp of New York. 

Today’s birthdays: Jerry Terrell (1946), Pat Rapp (1967)

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