As sometimes happened in the Tony Muser era, the Royals spotted their opponents a 13 run lead. Royals starter Jay Whitasick surrendered six runs in just under five innings. Brad Rigby who gave up 20 runs in 21 innings of work in 1999 and was brought back for a return engagement coughed up seven runs in a inning and a third. Included in that damage was four home runs, including three in a row to Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt LeCroy. (Makes you appreciate Ervin Santana, no?)
With the game all but over, with two outs in the bottom of the eighth the Royals made a little noise with back to back singles from Brian Johnson and Rey Sanchez. Eddie Guardado relieved starter Eric Milton and promptly walked Johnny Damon to load the bases. Carlos Febles brought two home with a single and the Royals were finally on the board.
Carlos Betran cleared the bases with a three run bomb. Jermaine Dye followed with a home run of his own. Guardado hit the showers, but Hector Carrasco couldn't stop the steamroller and Mike Sweeney parked one over the wall. Back to back to back.
It was the first time in major league history both teams hit three consecutive home runs in the same game.
The Royals lost 13-7.
|Johnny Damon LF||3||1||0||0||2||0||.194||.526||22||12||-0.041||0.33||0.003||-0.043||-0.2||2||0|
|Carlos Febles 2B||5||1||1||2||0||2||.286||.696||25||16||-0.033||0.25||0.000||-0.033||0.8||0||6|
|Carlos Beltran CF||5||1||2||3||0||0||.267||.748||10||8||-0.019||0.14||0.001||-0.020||2.3||2||0||HR,2B|
|Jermaine Dye RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||.429||1.377||20||14||-0.037||0.36||0.002||-0.039||0.6||3||0||HR|
|Mike Sweeney DH||4||1||1||1||0||0||.393||1.271||16||9||-0.025||0.26||0.003||-0.028||0.0||HR|
|Joe Randa 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||.385||1.121||16||13||-0.013||0.19||0.004||-0.017||-0.2||0||3|
|Dave McCarty 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||.200||.400||16||9||-0.015||0.21||0.005||-0.020||-0.5||12||1|
|Brian Johnson C||4||1||1||0||0||0||.250||.673||12||10||-0.023||0.20||0.000||-0.023||-0.9||5||0|
|Rey Sanchez SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||.227||.564||7||6||-0.008||0.10||0.000||-0.008||-0.0||2||3|
|Luis Ordaz PR-SS||1||1||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||4||3||-0.003||0.12||0.000||-0.003||-0.3||0||0|
|Jay Witasick P||0||0|
|Brad Rigby P||1||0|
|Jerry Spradlin P||0||0|