Monday Night Baseball – September 27
There is only one game in the American League today. The Kansas City Royals, who lead the AL West by four games with a week to go, have a chance to put the division away with a win against the second place Oakland A’s. If the A’s win, they will be three games back with six games to go.
The A’s will start likely Cy Young Award winner Vida Blue (24-10) and the Royals will counter with Dennis Leonard (17-9).
The Royals struck first in the top of the first inning. George Brett walked and went to second on a single by Hal McRae. Brett advanced to third on a fly ball by Tommy Davis and scored on a Vida Blue wild pitch.
In the bottom of the third Bert Campaneris singled. Joe Rudi walked and then Gene Tenace knocked Campaneris in with a single.
The A’s pulled ahead in the bottom of the fifth when Bill North walked, stole second (his 98th stolen base of the year), and scored on a Rudi single.
Blue was able to hold the Royals the rest of the way and the A’s emerged with a 2-1 victory.