Kansas City Royals vs Oakland Athletics
September 13, 1981 Box Score

The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on September 13, 1981 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."

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Kansas City Royals 6, Oakland Athletics 5

Kansas City Royals ab r h rbi
Wilson lf 7 0 2 1
White 2b 7 0 0 0
Brett 3b 5 1 2 0
Aikens 1b 6 0 2 0
Otis cf 4 1 2 1
McRae dh 4 2 2 0
Hurdle rf 2 1 2 1
Geronimo pr,rf 2 1 1 0
Wathan c 5 0 2 0
Washington ss 3 0 2 2
Phelps ph 1 0 0 0
Concepcion ss 0 0 0 0
Jones p 0 0 0 0
Quisenberry p 0 0 0 0
Splittorff p 0 0 0 0
Totals 46 6 17 5
Oakland Athletics ab r h rbi
Henderson lf 4 0 1 1
Murphy cf 5 0 1 1
Johnson dh 5 0 1 0
Page pr,dh 1 0 0 0
Armas rf 3 0 0 0
Gross 3b 1 0 1 0
Sexton pr,3b 2 1 0 0
Klutts 3b 2 1 1 0
Nettles rf 0 0 0 0
Bosetti ph,rf 2 0 0 0
Heath c 6 0 1 0
Moore 1b 3 1 2 0
Spencer ph 1 0 1 1
Davis pr,1b 0 0 0 0
Newman ph,1b 2 0 0 0
McKay 2b 4 1 3 0
Picciolo ss 3 1 2 2
Drumright ph 1 0 0 0
Stanley ss 0 0 0 0
McCatty p 0 0 0 0
Jones p 0 0 0 0
Underwood p 0 0 0 0
Beard p 0 0 0 0
Totals 45 5 14 5
Kansas City 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 17 0
Oakland 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 14 1
Kansas City Royals IP H R ER BB SO
Jones 6.1 8 4 4 2 7
Quisenberry 2.2 5 1 1 0 2
Splittorff W (4-5) 3.0 1 0 0 2 3
Totals 12.0 14 5 5 4 12
Oakland Athletics IP H R ER BB SO
McCatty 6.1 11 5 4 2 2
Jones 4.0 3 0 0 3 2
Underwood 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Beard L (0-1) 1.1 3 1 1 0 2
Totals 12.0 17 6 5 5 6

E –Heath (9). DP –Kansas City 1. 2B –Kansas City McRae (16,off McCatty). HR –Oakland Picciolo (3,3rd inning off Jones 0 on, 2 out). SH –Washington (3,off McCatty); Wathan (4,off McCatty); McRae (3,off Jones); Nettles (1,off Quisenberry); Stanley (7,off Splittorff). SF –Washington (1,off McCatty); Henderson (3,off Quisenberry). HBP –Otis (2,by McCatty). IBB –Geronimo (2,by Jones); G Brett (7,by Jones); Henderson (4,by Splittorff). SB –Wilson (23,2nd base off Jones/Heath); Henderson (46,2nd base off Jones/Wathan); Page (2,2nd base off Quisenberry/Wathan). CS –Otis (6,2nd base by McCatty/Heath); Washington (9,2nd base by Jones/Heath). WP –Underwood (2). HBP –McCatty (2,Otis). IBB –Splittorff (4,Henderson); Jones 2 (7,Geronimo,G Brett). U-HP –Russ Goetz, 1B –George Maloney, 2B –Rocky Roe, 3B –Ken Kaiser. T –4:28. A –28,701.

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