This Date In Royals History–1977 Edition: May 17

The Royals won an exhibition game against their Class AAA affiliate by a 7-5 score at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.

Starting pitcher Andy Hassler saw his first game action since suffering a knee bruise when he was hit by a line drive on April 26. Not surprisingly, he showed some rust, allowing five runs in four-plus innings. The Omaha Royals collected five hits and five walks off Hassler.

The major-league Royals put up five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Freddie Patek. But it took Pete LaCock’s two-run double in the fifth inning to break the 5-5 tie and give Kansas City the win.

After the game, the Royals headed to Chicago for a short two-game series.

Today’s birthdays: Rick Huisman (1969), Jose Guillen (1976), Carlos Pena (1978)

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