I gently explained that despite Kansas City’s winning tradition, this doesn’t happen every year and we need to enjoy it.
They also were the first team to lose the first two games at home and rally to win the Series. With one out, Tudor jammed George Brett with a high fastball that Brett tried to hold off, but it hit his bat and rolled toward third base good for an infield single. Steve Balboni wasn’t having any of it, driving a sharp grounder into left field, scoring Brett and White. St. Louis finally got on the board in the sixth with a Clark single scoring Ozzie Smith. The starting pitchers were a rematch of Game Two, Charlie Leibrandt for the Royals and Danny Cox for St. Louis.
Lonnie Smith roped a single into left field as Biancalana motored around third. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Porter and Clark converged on the ball. Concepcion scores! Leibrandt’s first two pitches make Harper look bad. Every replay angle indicated that Orta was out by at least half a step. Hulu joins Youtube TV and Sling as services that won’t carry Royals games. The Cardinals threatened in the first, with Willie McGee singling then stealing second. He is...safe and the game is over!". The switch-hitting Pendleton was in the second season of a very solid 15-year career and he was a hitter. If we come back and win, it’s going to be one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history.”.
* - bats left-handed, # - bats both, else - bats right, ? 1985 World Series After winning seven West Division Titles, two American League pennants and participating in five out of the last ten Championship Series (76, 77, 78, 80, 85) the Kansas City Royals were still searching for that first elusive World Series title. Sundberg churned around third and with a headfirst dive beat the strike from the strong-armed Van Slyke.
The World Series ended the following night with 21-year-old Bret Saberhagen shutting out the Cardinals on two hits in an 11-0 Royals victory while Don Denkinger worked behind home plate. Saturday, October 26, 1985 at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The game was scoreless going into the top of the fourth when Jim Sundberg drew a lead off walk. In the bottom of the fifth, Terry Pendleton hit a one-out triple and scored when Black threw Tom Nieto’s suicide squeeze bunt past Jim Sundberg. Herzog started losing it, barking at Denkinger about the strike zone. Lonnie Smith then took revenge on his former team, delivering a double to right in front of the diving Van Slyke, scoring both runs. The Royals also were the sixth and (to date) the last team to come back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the World Series, the others being the 1903 Boston Red Sox, 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1958 New York Yankees, 1968 Detroit Tigers and 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Balboni punched yet another single to left. Despite the constant carping about the Denkinger call, the Cardinals only had themselves to blame. For the series, the Royals batted a robust .288. Frank White quickly fell behind no balls, two strikes. With the fourth pitch, Leibrandt left a fastball over the plate and Harper spanked it into center field, the two-out single scoring Pendleton. The pitch to Iorg.
He made a couple of awkward dance steps for the ball as it bounced harmlessly on the turf.
I don’t know, because I saw where the ball was hit. Now, I’ve got to make sure he catches it. Leibrandt retired Ozzie Smith and Tommy Herr only to have Jack Clark smoked a single to left to score McGee. Given the level of success the Royals enjoyed from 1973 to 1985, who would have thought it would be thirty years before the team made it back to the playoffs? Jim Sundberg drew a walk, bringing home Smith. Onix Concepcion came in to run for Balboni. Steve Balboni, who found his batting stroke late in the Toronto series, ripped a single to left field to score Sundberg. Then things got interesting. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. And clinging to a two-run lead in the ninth, manager Dick Howser opted to not send in his relief ace Dan Quisenberry to close out the game.
Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2020, Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2020. “That was the best group of guys I ever played with.” said Steve Balboni. List of members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (chronological). Balboni fell behind two strikes, no balls before driving the third pitch into left field, moving Orta to second. 1985 World Series Game 1 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, 1985 World Series Game 2 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, 1985 World Series Game 3 - Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1985 World Series Game 4 - Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1985 World Series Game 5 - Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1985 World Series Game 6 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, 1985 World Series Game 7 - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares, 1985 World Series at Baseball-Reference.com, History of the World Series - 1985 at SportingNews.com, 1985 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org, 1985 Kansas City Royals at baseballlibrary.com, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals at baseballlibrary.com, https://baseball.fandom.com/wiki/1985_World_Series?oldid=54140, Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. And they converge on the mound in celebration! Tito Landrum, only playing due to an injury to Vince Coleman, continued to make his case for MVP with a home run. The Royals pulled off a double steal with Lonnie Smith beating Terry Pendleton to the bag, negating a perfect throw from Porter. Tudor left the game trailing 5-0 in the third, and hit a power fan that resulted in a cut fingertip. Amazingly, the '85 Royals also came back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Cardinals clubhouse was stocked with champagne. The next batter, Frank White, hit a line drive into the left-center gap and beat the throw to second with a headfirst slide. George Brett greeted Horton with a first pitch single, moving Wilson to third. The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fourth when the Royals once again drew first blood. To (Darryl) Motley...for the title! Lonnie Smith, still sticking it to his old team, ripped a double past Pendleton and into the left field corner, scoring Balboni and Saberhagen. Brett led off for the Royals and hit a 3-2 change up deep into right field that drove Cardinal right fielder Cesar Cedeno to the base of the fence to make the catch. The one-oh pitch...fly ball, Motley going back to the track...no outs to go! The ballpark has been remodeled and expanded, but the bones remain the same. Clark then made a rookie mistake and looked to see where the dugout was. We go to a seventh!!!
Denkinger is a fine man, even-keeled, somewhat quiet and circumspect. The score was knotted at one going into the top of the second. Talk about being conflicted!
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