This Date In Royals History–1977 Edition: March 15

The Royals split a pair of seven-inning games with the Chicago White Sox in Sarasota, dropping the first contest 3-0 before finding their offense in the second match and picking up a 10-3 win.

Paul Splittorff allowed all three runs in the first game, giving up six hits in four innings. On the bright side, Mark Littell finished out the game with three hitless frames. The KC offense was limited to just three hits of their own, but this also had a bright spot: two of the hits were by Hal McRae, his first two safeties of the spring schedule.

In the second game, the Royals battered White Sox starter Ken Brett for six runs in the first three innings. John Wathan and Luis Silverio hit home runs, and George Brett finished the scoring against his older brother with a two-run double. Meanwhile, Doug Bird limited the White Sox to two hits in four innings.

Today’s birthdays: Juan Carlos Oviedo (1982), Jon Jay (1985)

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