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Today In Royals History: April 9

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Back to back to back. And back to back to back.

Jamie Squire

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.

Then, fireworks.

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.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
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
Team Totals 37 7 9 7 2 4 .243 .796 148 100 -0.217 0.23 0.018 -0.234 1.5 27 13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/8/2013.