On June 28, 1987, there were seven games scheduled in the American League. In those seven games, a grand total of 28 home runs were hit, setting a league record for most home runs launched in a single day.
With third place at stake in the AL West, the Royals squared off against the Seattle Mariners that Sunday afternoon. While bombs were being launched around the league that day, only two left the yard at Royals Stadium.
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Mark Gubicza squared off against Mike Moore in a tilt that was fairly quiet through four and a half innings. The Royals drew first blood on a George Brett single which brought home Willie Wilson in the first. The M's countered with a pair in the fourth on an Alvin Davis triple.
The Royals erupted in the fifth, with Wilson setting the table once again. This time with a double. Kevin Seitzer followed with a walk and the Royals regained the lead on three consecutive singles, chasing Moore. Stan Clarke relieved and got Juan Beniquez to ground out (still driving in a run to make it 4-2.) The Mariners went to their pen again and called on Roy Thomas. His task?
To retire Bo Jackson.
Thomas had been a pro for since '71 and bounced around the majors for since '77. However, Bo Jackson was the first major league batter he faced all year.
Jackson crushed it to give the Royals a 7-2 league.
Thomas stayed in the game and was still around when George Brett led off the seventh. Brett drilled a homer to push the scoreline at 8-2.
Gubicza gave up a run in the ninth, but finished the game and solidified third place for the Royals.
Brett and Jackson would hit home runs in the same game three times in 1987.
|Willie Wilson CF||3||2||1||0||1||2||.287||.705||0.109||2||0||2B,SB|
|Kevin Seitzer 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||.301||.793||0.093||0||1|
|George Brett 1B||3||2||3||3||1||0||.333||1.008||0.203||12||1||HR|
|Danny Tartabull RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||.325||.883||0.057||2||0|
|Frank White 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||.232||.664||0.032||2||4|
|Jim Eisenreich DH||2||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||-0.068|
|Juan Beniquez PH||2||0||0||1||0||1||.233||.622||0.020|
|Bo Jackson LF||4||1||3||2||0||0||.268||.847||0.036||0||0||HR|
|Angel Salazar SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||.209||.474||-0.033||2||5||GDP|
|Jamie Quirk C||4||0||0||0||0||1||.234||.629||-0.049||6||2|