Game 36: Kansas City Royals (17-20) @ Minnesota Twins (16-19)

Wednesday May 18, 1988

The Twins came up short in their attempt to match their longest winning streak of the year with a fourth straight victory. Bret Saberhagen and the Royals made sure of that with an 8-2 victory at the Metrodome. The Royals hit three home runs, two off of Twins starter Allan Anderson, and Saberhagen held the Twins’ lineup to just two runs on eight hits in the complete game victory.

The Steve Lombardozzi saga continued as well. Lombardozzi, who has been watching Twins games from the dugout, made his first major league appearance as a short stop in this game. Though he went 1-for-4 at the plate and played nine innings in the field, he is still waiting for his first major league fielding chance at short – the Royals did not hit the ball there all day.

Box

Player of the Game
Bret Saberhagen

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Oakland Athletics               39   28   11    0  .718     -   226  155
Texas Rangers                   38   20   18    0  .526   7.5   142  154
Chicago White Sox               37   18   19    0  .486   9.0   158  185
Kansas City Royals              38   18   20    0  .474   9.5   165  158
Minnesota Twins                 36   16   20    0  .444  10.5   157  190
Seattle Mariners                40   17   23    0  .425  11.5   179  225
California Angels               38   14   24    0  .368  13.5   171  195

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