The Royals’ perfect exhibition season came to an end after three straight wins, as they dropped a 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Fort Myers.
Dave Concepcion, who had just signed a five-year contract and was playing in his first game of the spring, homered in the first inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Dan Driessen followed with his own home run, also off Royals starter Dave Hasbach.
The Reds tacked on two runs in the fifth thanks to two Royals’ errors, and Concepcion finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Royals batters collected just four hits on the day.
Off the field, Kansas City sent left-handed pitcher Bob McClure to Milwaukee as a player to be named later, completing the offseason deal for catcher Darrell Porter and pitcher Jim Colborn. The Royals had already sent catcher Jamie Quirk and outfielder Jim Wohlford to the Brewers.
Today’s birthday: Tim Ireland (1953)