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Wednesday May 16, 1973
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A checked-swing single by Larry Biittner with the bases loaded and two out in vninth inning scored Alex Johnson and gave the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Royals. With one away, Toby Harrah singled and took second on a wild pitch before Doug Bird relieved Paul Splittorff. Johnson and Rico Carty walked to load the bases. Jeff Burroughs then forced Harrah at the plate before Biittner ended the game with his single. [The Sporting News]


Texas Rangers 2, Kansas City Royals 1

Game Played on Wednesday, May 16, 1973 (Night game) at Arlington Stadium

Royals       0  0  0    0  0  0    1  0  0  -   1  9  1
Rangers      1  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  1  -   2  6  1


Royals               AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG      Rangers              AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG
Schaal 3b             4   0   1   0     0   1   .277      Nelson 2b             4   1   1   0     0   0   .270
Rojas 2b              4   0   2   0     0   0   .304      Harris cf             4   0   0   0     0   1   .204
Otis cf               4   0   3   0     0   0   .301      Harrah 3b             4   0   1   0     0   2   .273
Mayberry 1b           4   0   0   0     0   1   .256      Johnson lf            3   1   1   1     1   0   .303
Kirkpatrick rf        4   0   1   0     0   0   .350      Carty dh              3   0   1   0     1   1   .176
Piniella lf           4   1   1   0     0   0   .248        Lovitto pr,dh       0   0   0   0     0   0   .143
McRae dh              2   0   0   0     0   1   .176      Burroughs rf          4   0   0   0     0   0   .224
  Hopkins ph,dh       1   0   0   0     1   0   .269      Biittner 1b           4   0   1   1     0   0   .158
  Wohlford pr,dh      0   0   0   0     0   0   .000      Suarez c              3   0   1   0     0   0   .300
Patek ss              3   0   1   1     0   0   .231      Mason ss              3   0   0   0     0   1   .258
Taylor c              2   0   0   0     1   0   .216      Broberg p             0   0   0   0     0   0   .000
Splittorff p          0   0   0   0     0   0   .000        Foucault p          0   0   0   0     0   0   .000
  Bird p              0   0   0   0     0   0   .000

Totals               32   1   9   1     2   3             Totals               32   2   6   2     2   5

Time of Game: 2:19   Attendance: 16,663
Left on Base: Royals 6, Rangers 6
DP: Royals 0, Rangers 1
Errors: Patek, Mason
Doubles: Piniella (5)
Stolen Bases: Nelson (5), Suarez (1)
Caught Stealing: Patek (4), Wohlford (1)
GIDP: Schaal (4)


Royals                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Splittorff L(6-2)       8.1   5   2   2   0   5   0  30   2.56
Bird                    0.1   1   0   0   2   0   0   4   1.50
Totals                  8.2   6   2   2   2   5   0  34

Rangers                IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Broberg                 6.1   7   1   1   1   2   0  24   5.44
Foucault W(2-2)         2.2   2   0   0   1   1   0  10   1.96
Totals                  9     9   1   1   2   3   0  34

Wild Pitches: Splittorff (2)

Umpires: HP - Bill Deegan, 1B - Frank Umont, 2B - Don Denkinger, 3B - Merle Anthony


ROYALS 1ST: Schaal flied out to center; Rojas singled to center;
Otis singled to center [Rojas to second]; Mayberry struck out;
Kirkpatrick flied out to left; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Royals 0,
Rangers 0.

RANGERS 1ST: Nelson singled to right; Nelson stole second;
Harris flied out to right; Harrah was called out on strikes;
Johnson singled to center [Nelson scored, Johnson out at second
(center to shortstop)]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 0, Rangers
1.

ROYALS 2ND: Piniella grounded out (shortstop to first); McRae
struck out; Patek grounded out (first unassisted); 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Royals 0, Rangers 1.

RANGERS 2ND: Carty struck out; Burroughs grounded out (third to
first); Biittner flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Royals 0, Rangers 1.

ROYALS 3RD: Taylor walked; Schaal grounded into a double play
(shortstop to second to first) [Taylor out at second]; Rojas
grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 0,
Rangers 1.

RANGERS 3RD: Suarez singled to left; Suarez stole second; Mason
grounded out (second to first) [Suarez to third]; Nelson reached
on a fielder's choice [Suarez out at home (shortstop to
catcher)]; Harris grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0
E, 1 LOB.  Royals 0, Rangers 1.

ROYALS 4TH: Otis grounded out (shortstop to first); Mayberry
grounded out (first to pitcher); Kirkpatrick popped to
shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 0, Rangers 1.

RANGERS 4TH: Harrah popped to shortstop; Johnson reached on an
error by Patek [Johnson to second]; Carty grounded out (first
unassisted) [Johnson to third]; Burroughs grounded out (third to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 0, Rangers 1.

ROYALS 5TH: Piniella flied out to center; McRae flied out to
right; Patek flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals
0, Rangers 1.

RANGERS 5TH: Biittner grounded out (shortstop to first); Suarez
grounded out (shortstop to first); Mason struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Royals 0, Rangers 1.

ROYALS 6TH: Taylor flied out to right; Schaal singled to right;
Rojas singled to center [Schaal to second]; Otis singled to left
[Schaal out at third (left to first to shortstop), Rojas to
second]; Mayberry lined to center; 0 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Royals
0, Rangers 1.

RANGERS 6TH: Nelson grounded out (third to first); Harris struck
out; Harrah was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Royals 0, Rangers 1.

ROYALS 7TH: Kirkpatrick singled to center; Piniella doubled to
left [Kirkpatrick out at home (left to shortstop to catcher to
second to catcher), Piniella to third (on throw)]; FOUCAULT
REPLACED BROBERG (PITCHING); HOPKINS BATTED FOR MCRAE; Hopkins
popped to second; Patek singled to center [Piniella scored];
Patek was caught stealing second (catcher to second); 1 R, 3 H,
0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 1, Rangers 1.

RANGERS 7TH: HOPKINS STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING DH); Johnson flied
out to center; Carty singled to left; Burroughs forced Carty
(shortstop to second); Biittner forced Burroughs (second
unassisted); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 1, Rangers 1.

ROYALS 8TH: Taylor reached on an error by Mason; Schaal struck
out; Rojas flied out to left; Otis singled to left [Taylor to
third]; Mayberry flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.
Royals 1, Rangers 1.

RANGERS 8TH: Suarez popped to second; Mason grounded out (second
to first); Nelson grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
0 LOB.  Royals 1, Rangers 1.

ROYALS 9TH: Kirkpatrick flied out to right; Piniella grounded
out (catcher to first); Hopkins walked; WOHLFORD RAN FOR
HOPKINS; Wohlford was caught stealing second (catcher to
second); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 1, Rangers 1.

RANGERS 9TH: WOHLFORD STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING DH); Harris flied
out to left; Harrah singled to left; Splittorff threw a wild
pitch [Harrah to second]; BIRD REPLACED SPLITTORFF (PITCHING);
Johnson was walked intentionally; Carty walked [Harrah to third,
Johnson to second]; LOVITTO RAN FOR CARTY; Burroughs forced
Harrah (shortstop to catcher) [Johnson to third, Lovitto to
second]; Biittner singled to left [Johnson scored, Lovitto to
third, Burroughs to second]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB.  Royals 1,
Rangers 2.



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