The Kansas City Royals have been crowned World Series Championships!
Bret Saberhagen went the distance, overcoming a shoddy early effort in which he allowed 7 base runners across 3 innings, but didn’t allow a run.
He’d go on to allow just 2 hits and no walks in the final 6 innings of work, finishing the game with 7 strikeouts.
George Brett’s solo home run to start the bottom of the 7th inning stood up as the only run of the game.
The Cubs scored just 13 runs in the six-game series, completely shut down by Kansas City pitching.
They left runners on the corners in the 1st and 7th innings, the bases loaded in the 2nd, and a man in scoring position in the 8th.
While Royals closer Dan Quisenberry was warming up and available out of the bullpen, Saberhagen was allowed every chance to find his way out of precarious situations and he came through every time.
Kansas City took the World Series 4 games to 2, with their only losses coming when NL Cy Young hopeful Rick Sutcliffe took the mound.
It wasn’t the expected outcome, as the Detroit Tigers were considered to be the real powerhouse team from this season, but the Royals showed enough when the games mattered most, jumping out to a quick 2-0 series lead in a best-of-5 American League Championship Series against Detroit and then finding enough to keep Chicago base runners stranded.
Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals!