January 27, 2017

May 25, 1984 - Royal Oil

Game #546 - Kansas City Royals, 2 @ Boston Red Sox, 5

My heart was aflutter in this one!  Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd cruised through his first five innings without allowing a hit.  The only Royals to make it on base were Onix Concepcion (thanks to a Jackie Gutierrez error) and Darryl Motley (walk).  But in the bottom of the sixth it would be Buddy Biancalana, he of sub-.200 batting average in the real 1984, that would end Boyd's bid with an infield single!  He was only starting the game because Frank White is injured.

Boyd was still tossing a shutout into the ninth when he gave up three singles and was pulled before the game could get away from him.  Bob Stanley cleaned up the mess for the Red Sox victory.  Tony Armas had a triple and a homer while Gutierrez had three hits and two RBI.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Boyd
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Liebrandt
Save - Bob Stanley
Player of the Game - Boyd
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs and Jim Rice

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