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Friday May 8, 1970
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The Royals exploded for six runs in the first inning and Bob Johnson went on from there to defeat the Tigers, 9-3, for his first major league victory. The Tigers' seven hits off the rookie righthander included homers by Dalton Jones and Bill Freehan.

Bob Oliver batted in two runs with a single and Rich Severson two with a triple in the Royals' opening blast. Oliver also doubled in the third and scored on a single by Lou Piniella, who broke his own Royals' club record by hitting safely in his 14th straight game. Oliver got his third RBI with a single in the ninth. [The Sporting News]


Kansas City Royals 9, Detroit Tigers 3

Game Played on Friday, May 8, 1970 (Night game) at Tiger Stadium

Royals       6  0  2    0  0  0    0  0  1  -   9 13  0
Tigers       1  0  0    1  0  0    1  0  0  -   3  7  1


Royals               AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG      Tigers               AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG
Kelly rf              3   1   0   0     2   1   .282      McAuliffe 2b          4   1   2   0     0   0   .298
Fiore 1b              4   1   1   0     1   0   .185      Stanley cf            3   0   0   0     1   0   .286
Otis cf               5   2   3   1     0   0   .308      Northrup rf           4   0   1   0     0   2   .297
Oliver 3b             5   2   3   3     0   1   .340      Cash 1b               4   0   1   0     0   0   .227
Piniella lf           2   1   1   1     0   0   .351      Horton lf             4   0   1   1     0   0   .295
  Keough lf           3   0   0   0     0   0   .217      Jones 3b              3   1   1   1     1   2   .179
Schaal ss             5   1   2   0     0   0   .381      Freehan c             3   1   1   1     1   1   .280
Severson 2b           4   1   2   2     0   0   .280      Szotkiewicz ss        3   0   0   0     0   2   .200
Rodriguez c           2   0   1   2     0   0   .200        G. Brown ph         1   0   0   0     0   0   .000
Johnson p             3   0   0   0     0   2   .000      Kilkenny p            0   0   0   0     0   0   .167
                                                            Timmermann p        1   0   0   0     0   1   .000
                                                            Robertson p         0   0   0   0     0   0   .000
                                                            I. Brown ph         0   0   0   0     1   0   .400
                                                            Hiller p            0   0   0   0     0   0   .000
                                                            Maddox ph           1   0   0   0     0   0   .212
                                                            Scherman p          0   0   0   0     0   0   .000

Totals               36   9  13   9     3   4             Totals               31   3   7   3     4   8

Time of Game: 2:50   Attendance: 18,266
Left on Base: Royals 6, Tigers 5
DP: Royals 2, Tigers 1
Errors: Cash
Doubles: Otis (5), Oliver (7), Cash (4)
Triples: Severson (1)
Home Runs: Jones (1), Freehan (4)
Stolen Bases: Otis (7)
Sacrifice Hits: Johnson (1)
Sacrifice Flies: Rodriguez 2 (2)
GIDP: Keough (1), Stanley 2 (2)


Royals                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Johnson W(1-0)          9     7   3   2   4   8   2  35   1.69
Totals                  9     7   3   2   4   8   2  35

Tigers                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Kilkenny L(2-1)         0     2   4   4   2   0   0   4   6.00
Timmermann              2     5   4   4   0   0   0  11   7.94
Robertson               3     1   0   0   0   2   0  11   3.12
Hiller                  2     1   0   0   1   2   0   8   3.38
Scherman                2     4   1   1   0   0   0   8   5.06
Totals                  9    13   9   9   3   4   0  42

Passed Balls: Rodriguez (3)
Wild Pitches: Timmermann (1)

Umpires: HP - Larry Barnett, 1B - Larry Napp, 2B - John Rice, 3B - Marty Springstead


ROYALS 1ST: Kelly walked; Fiore walked [Kelly to second]; Otis
doubled to left [Kelly scored, Fiore to third]; Oliver singled
to right [Fiore scored, Otis scored]; TIMMERMANN REPLACED
KILKENNY (PITCHING); Piniella made an out to shortstop; Schaal
singled to left [Oliver to second]; Severson tripled to right
[Oliver scored, Schaal scored]; Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to
center [Severson scored]; Johnson grounded out (shortstop to
first); 6 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 6, Tigers 0.

TIGERS 1ST: McAuliffe singled to right; Stanley walked
[McAuliffe to second]; Rodriguez allowed a passed ball
[McAuliffe to third, Stanley to second]; Northrup struck out;
Cash flied out to left; Horton singled to left [McAuliffe scored
(unearned), Stanley out at home (shortstop to catcher)]; 1 R (0
ER), 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 6, Tigers 1.

ROYALS 2ND: Kelly flied out to center; Fiore grounded out
(second to pitcher); Otis grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 6, Tigers 1.

TIGERS 2ND: Jones walked; Freehan struck out; Szotkiewicz struck
out; Timmermann struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 6,
Tigers 1.

ROYALS 3RD: Oliver doubled to right; Timmermann threw a wild
pitch [Oliver to third]; Piniella singled to center [Oliver
scored]; Schaal singled to right [Piniella to third]; ROBERTSON
REPLACED TIMMERMANN (PITCHING); Severson flied out to right
[Schaal to second]; Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to right
[Piniella scored]; Johnson struck out; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Royals 8, Tigers 1.

TIGERS 3RD: KEOUGH REPLACED PINIELLA (PLAYING LF); McAuliffe
singled to center; Lou Piniella left with a sprained ankle
and bruised instep; Stanley grounded into a double play
(third to second to first) [McAuliffe out at second]; Northrup
singled to center; Cash flied out to right; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 1.

ROYALS 4TH: Kelly was called out on strikes; Fiore reached on an
error by Cash; Otis flied out to center; Oliver grounded out
(second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 1.

TIGERS 4TH: Horton made an out to first; Jones homered; Freehan
grounded out (first to pitcher); Szotkiewicz grounded out
(second to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 2.

ROYALS 5TH: Keough grounded out (second to first); Schaal flied
out to left; Severson singled to center; Rodriguez popped to
first in foul territory; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers
2.

TIGERS 5TH: I. BROWN BATTED FOR ROBERTSON; I. Brown walked;
McAuliffe popped to third in foul territory; Stanley grounded
into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [I. Brown out
at second]; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 2.

ROYALS 6TH: HILLER REPLACED I. BROWN (PITCHING); Johnson was
called out on strikes; Kelly walked; Fiore made an out to
second; Otis singled to center [Kelly to third]; Oliver struck
out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 2.

TIGERS 6TH: Northrup was called out on strikes; Cash doubled to
center; Horton grounded out (shortstop to first); Jones struck
out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 2.

ROYALS 7TH: Keough grounded out (first unassisted); Schaal
grounded out (shortstop to first); Severson grounded out
(shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 2.

TIGERS 7TH: Freehan homered; Szotkiewicz struck out; MADDOX
BATTED FOR HILLER; Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first);
McAuliffe flied out to right; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 8,
Tigers 3.

ROYALS 8TH: SCHERMAN REPLACED MADDOX (PITCHING); Rodriguez
singled to right; Johnson out on a sacrifice bunt (third to
second) [Rodriguez to second]; Kelly grounded out (first to
pitcher); Fiore singled to left [Rodriguez out at home (left to
catcher)]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 3.

TIGERS 8TH: Stanley flied out to left; Northrup grounded out
(first to pitcher); Cash flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Royals 8, Tigers 3.

ROYALS 9TH: Otis singled to left; Otis stole second; Oliver
singled to center [Otis scored]; Keough grounded into a double
play (second to shortstop to first) [Oliver out at second];
Schaal grounded out (third to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Royals 9, Tigers 3.

TIGERS 9TH: Horton flied out to center; Jones struck out;
Freehan walked; G. BROWN BATTED FOR SZOTKIEWICZ; G. Brown
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 9,
Tigers 3.



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