This Date In Royals History–1977 Edition: June 29

Whether it was a veteran or a rookie making his major-league debut, the California Angels had the answer for the Royals in a 7-0 romp on Wednesday night at Anaheim Stadium.

The veteran was starting pitcher Nolan Ryan, who held the Royals to five hits and three walks in a complete game. Ryan struck out 12 as he picked up his 10th win.

The rookie was center fielder Thad Bosley, called up from the minors earlier in the day to replace Joe Rudi, who was suffering from a broken thumb. Bosley arrived at the stadium about 30 minutes before game time to find his name on the lineup card. He proceeded to collect two hits and drive in three runs.

Royals starter Jim Colborn held the Angels scoreless for three innings, but California grabbed the lead in the fourth. With one out, Dave Chalk doubled and Ron Jackson singled. Bosley made his first big-league hit a big one, a triple that drove in two runs. Rusty Torres hit a grounder that first baseman John Mayberry booted, and Bosley scored for a 3-0 lead.

The Angels padded their lead in the fifth. Jerry Remy led off with a single and stole second. He scored when Tony Solaita homered with one out. That ended Colborn’s outing. Reliever Doug Bird took over, but surrendered a two-out single to Jackson, who subsequently stole second. Bosley slapped a single to left, bringing Jackson home and giving California a 6-0 lead.

With Ryan cruising, that was plenty of scoring, but the Angels added a single run in the seventh. Terry Humphrey led off with a single off reliever Steve Mingori. He moved up to second on a groundout and scored on a Bobby Bonds single with two outs.

The loss dropped the Royals to 38-35. They remained in third place in the AL West, 3.5 games behind Minnesota.

Box score and play-by-play:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CAL/CAL197706290.shtml

Today’s birthdays: Harmon Killebrew (1936), Jason Rakers (1973), Shawn Sedlacek (1977), Dusty Hughes (1982), Frank Schwindel (1992), Emmanuel Rivera (1996)

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