This Date In Royals History–1977 Edition: March 18

Sloppy baseball doomed the Royals to two losses, as they dropped a doubleheader to the White Sox in Fort Myers. Kansas City committed five errors in the first game and two more in the second game.

Chicago won the first game, 6-3, with Jim Spencer picking up a home run and two doubles. The White Sox as a team had 10 hits in the seven-inning game. Royals starter Doug Bird gave up seven of those hits in four innings. On the bright side, Royals center fielder Amos Otis cracked a home run off Chicago starter Wilbur Wood.

The White Sox completed the sweep in the second game, with an 8-4 win. This one was also scheduled for seven innings, but Royals outfielder Tom Poquette tied the game in the seventh with a two-run home run, his second of the contest. Unfortunately for the Royals, the White Sox scored four runs in the eighth to pick up the win.

Today’s birthdays: Matt Winters (1960), Scott Podsednik (1976)

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