World Series Game 6: Still No Runs After 6

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CHC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
KCR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

Through six innings of play, the Royals and Cubs are still locked in a 0-0 stalemate.

Scott Sanderson of the Cubs has allowed just three hits and no walks.

The Royals’ Bret Saberhagen has thrown 3 perfect innings since early-inning woes.

Pitching is definitely the name of the game here in Game 6 of the World Series.

The Royals lead 3 games to 2.

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World Series Game 6: Cubs, Royals Scoreless After 3

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CHC 0 0 0 0 4 0
KCR 0 0 0 0 2 0

Through three innings of play, the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals are still in a scoreless tie.

Chicago starting pitcher Scott Sanderson has allowed 2 hits and has 1 strikeout.

Kansas City starter Bret Saberhagen has allowed 4 hits and walked 3, but has been aided by a double play and runner caught stealing.

The Royals can win the World Series with a victory.

World Series Game 6: Cubs Leave ‘Em Loaded in 2nd

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CHC 0 0 0 3 0
KCR 0 0 0 0

In what has become a running theme throughout the World Series, the Chicago Cubs left the bases loaded in the top of the 2nd, coming away with nothing to show for two singles and a walk.

The Cubs and Kansas City Royals are scoreless mid-way through the 2nd.

The Royals hold a 3 games to 2 lead in the Series.

Music Flashback: Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”

Rest In Peace, George Michael.

Wham! took the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 the weekend of November 17th, 1984, with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”.

It was the British pop group’s first #1 single.

I wasn’t aware of this backdrop to the band, but it’s kind of interesting. Per Wikipedia:

Michael’s inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Ridgeley’s parents, originally intended to read “wake me up before you go” but with “up” accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote “go” twice on purpose. Released in May 1984, it heralded the beginning of a softer, sunnier image for Wham!, who had spent the previous year as a moodier, more politically themed duo, with songs about unemployment, young marriage, and battles of will between parents and their children. With the release of “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, they re-emerged with wider smiles, more colourful clothing, and a more positive disposition in interviews.

World Series Game 5: Cubs Win, 5-3

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KCR 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 3
CHC 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 5 15 1

The Chicago Cubs were 5-3 winners over the Kansas City Royals, remaining alive another day.

They trail 3 games to 2 in the World Series.

Chicago trailed right from the start, falling behind 1-0 in the 1st inning as Royals’ lead-off man Willie Wilson was a terror the whole game, finishing 3-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Still behind by a run in the bottom of the 7th and facing closer Dan Quisenberry, the Cubs got a gift in the form of three fielding errors by the Royals, leading to three unearned runs.

Rick Sutcliffe would do the rest, stranding runners in the 8th and 9th innings and picking up his 2nd win of the Series.

The Red Baron allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and a walk, striking out 7.

He also wen 2-for-4 at the plate.

In fact, Chicago still greatly outhit Kansas City (15-8) but consistently left runners on base, preventing them from taking a lead until late in the game.

The Cubs left the bases loaded twice and left two runners on in three separate innings, totaling 12 men left on.

Kansas City, by contrast, left just five men on base.

Gary Matthews had three singles for the Cubs, while Jody Davis, Larry Bowa and Bob Dernier each had multiple singles.

The Cubs had just one extra-base hit, an RBI double by Ron Cey.

Steve Balboni hit his 2nd home run of the Series for the Royals and Onix Concepcion had a pair of singles.

The Royals will turn to Bret Saberhagen for Game 6 while the Cubs counter with Scott Sanderson.

World Series Game 5: Wilson Can’t Score, Royals Trail In 8th

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KCR 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 3
CHC 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 5 14 1

Willie Wilson led off the 8th inning with a base hit – his third hit of the game and fourth straight time reaching base.

He stole second base and moved up to 3rd on Pat Sheridan’s slow roller to first baseman Leon Durham.

From there, it looked like a golden opportunity to score, but Willie was stranded there as George Brett hit a hard grounder to first and Darryl Motley grounded out back to starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe.

The Kansas City Royals lead the Chicago Cubs 3 games to 1 in the World Series, but are behind 5-3 in the game.

World Series Game 5: Cubs Rally Against Quiz In 7th

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KCR 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 3
CHC 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 5 14 1

The Chicago Cubs batted around in the bottom of the 7th, getting to Kansas City Royals closer Dan Quisenberry for three unearned runs aided by three fielding errors.

Chicago now leads the contest, 5-3, as they face elimination in the World Series, which they trail 3 games to 1.

Quisenberry entered the game to start the inning, staked to a 3-2 lead and trying to pick up his 3rd save of the Series.

Gary Matthews led off the inning with a base hit.

With one out, Onix Concepcion booted Keith Moreland’s grounder, which could have been an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Ron Cey then doubled a run in to tie the game up.

An error by third baseman George Brett put Chicago ahead and a ground ball thrown wide of first base by backup catcher John Wathan extended the lead to two.

Rick Sutcliffe is still out there for the Cubs. He’s allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 7 innings of work on 6 hits and a walk.