May 5, 1985 Game 299: Royals (9-13) at Yankees (14-7)

The Yankees and the Royals have split the first 2 games of this series and the Royals would really like to take this three set.  The Yankees send Phil Niekro to toe the rubber and Bret Saberhagen gets the start for Dick Howser.

In the 1st Brett takes a Nieko nuckleball and hits it over the rightfield fence for a 2 run homer and the Royals lead it 2-0.  The Yankees are not be outdone and with the bases loaded Hassey takes a 2-2 curve and crushes it towards South America for a grand slam and the Yankees take the lead 4-2.  The Royals will start to chip away at that lead in the 4th.

In the 4th Motley hits a solo homer to make it 4-3 Yankees.  The Royals tie it up in the 7th when Smith draws a bases loaded walk and Wathan comes trotting home and it is now a 4-4 game.  AT this point Saberhagen has been locked in and his only problems came in the 1st.  Fatigue sets in for Niekro and Dennis Rasmussen takes over to start the 8th.

In the 9th the Royals take the lead, with runners on 1st and 2nd Brett hits a single to right that scores Concepcion.  Orta follows Brett with a single of his own and that would score Smith and it is now a 6-4 Royals lead.  Quisenberry comes in and picks up the save.

The Final Score 6-4 Royals