08/20/2002 9:18 pm ET
| Blue Jays
Royals edge Jays in 12 innings
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' bullpen produced a tremendous effort on Tuesday night,
but it wasn't enough to beat the Royals.
Kansas City Royals 6, Toronto Blue Jays 5|
|Kansas City Royals|
|a-Grounded out for Pellow in the 8th.|
|2B: Guiel (12, Miller).|
HR: Pellow (1, 2nd inning off Miller, 0 on, 2 out), Ibanez (21, 12th inning off Cassidy, 2 on, 1 out).
RBI: Pellow (2), Tucker 2 (44), Ibanez 3 (84).
2-out RBI: Pellow.
S: Guiel, Alicea, Tucker.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ibanez 3, Beltran, Ordaz.
Team LOB: 9.
|CS: Ordaz (2, 2nd base by Heredia/Wilson).|
|E: Pellow (1, fielding).|
PB: Mayne (1).
Outfield assists: Tucker (Woodward at 2nd base).
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|a-Struck out for Wise in the 10th.|
|1-Ran for Wilson in the 7th.|
|RBI: Phelps (23), Wells (71), Berg (26), Swann (1), Huckaby (16).|
2-out RBI: Huckaby.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilson, Berg, Woodward, Swann 2, Stewart.
Team LOB: 14.
|CS: Berg (2, 2nd base by Asencio/Mayne).|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Affeldt (W, 2-4)
|Hernandez, R (S, 22)
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Cassidy (L, 0-2)
|Smith pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. |
|IBB: Hinske (by Grimsley), Sweeney (by Miller), Sweeney (by Cassidy).|
Pitches-strikes: Asencio 101-62, Grimsley 40-23, Bukvich 34-21, Affeldt 17-12, Hernandez, R 26-17, Miller 67-39, Hendrickson 2-2, Smith 25-13, Heredia 12-7, Politte 22-11, Escobar 12-6, Cassidy 47-22, Prokopec 6-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Asencio 8-8, Grimsley 3-1, Bukvich 0-1, Affeldt 1-1, Hernandez, R 1-2, Miller 6-7, Hendrickson 0-1, Smith 1-1, Heredia 2-0, Politte 3-0, Escobar 2-1, Cassidy 4-2, Prokopec 2-0.
Batters faced: Asencio 25, Grimsley 9, Bukvich 9, Affeldt 5, Hernandez, R 7, Miller 21, Hendrickson 1, Smith 5, Heredia 2, Politte 5, Escobar 3, Cassidy 12, Prokopec 2.
Umpires: HP: Bill Welke. 1B: Rick Reed. 2B: Kevin Kelley. 3B: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 73 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
Raul Ibañez hit a three-run homer off of
Scott Cassidy in the top of the
12th as Kansas City edged the Blue Jays, 6-5, at SkyDome.
Toronto's relief staff got 20 outs of shutout baseball before things fell
apart in the 12th inning.
Trailing by three runs, the Blue Jays fought back to score twice in the
bottom of the 12th off of Royals closer
Roberto Hernandez, but Kansas City
managed to hang on for the one-run victory.
Cassidy, Toronto's sixth reliever, was in his third inning of work when he gave up the back-breaking blow.
Ibañez fell behind 0-2, worked the count full and then smashed a shot off the concrete facing of the Windows restaurant in center field,
measuring 420 feet. The win broke a two-game skid for the Royals.
Around four hours earlier, Toronto (53-71) scored first with an isolated run in the first inning.
Shannon Stewart, the hero on Monday night, led off with a single and went to second on a walk.
Josh Phelps, who would finish with two hits on the day, drove him in with a base hit to center field.
The Royals (51-75) erased that advantage in the second inning as rookie third
Kit Pellow launched his first Major League homer into the second deck of SkyDome's
left-field seating section.
Kansas City took a brief advantage in the third inning, courtesy of a one-out
Michael Tucker. The Blue Jays came back for two more runs in the
fourth inning, but their bats went silent for a while after that.
Justin Miller, in his first Major League start since June 19, pitched reasonably well for Toronto. The rookie was on a strict pitch count, and he made it
into the fifth inning on 51 pitches.
He walked two batters in the fifth and got two outs before leaving the game with
Toronto trailing 3-2. During his brief outing, Miller allowed four hits and
Miguel Asencio lasted longer, but he provided a similar effort. The right-hander gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings of work. He threw 101 pitches, walking one batter against
no strikeouts. One of those runs was unearned, a result of a passed ball charged to catcher
At that point, the road team went to the relief staff.
Jason Grimsley was the first pitcher out of the bullpen, and he pitched into and out of a jam.
Two Blue Jays reached base against Grimsley, but he got
Chris Woodward to ground out to shortstop to end the inning. Grimsley threw two innings of shutout baseball.
Both teams had chances in the next few innings, with one major situation standing out. In the 10th inning, the Jays loaded the bases with two outs. In that tough spot, southpaw
Jeremy Affeldt (2-4) came out of the bullpen to face
Pedro Swann. Swann struck out to end the threat.
Despite the end result, Cassidy (0-2) pitched well for the Jays. He tossed two strong innings before wilting in the 12th.
In the 11th, Mayne walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. He went to
third on a ground ball, but was stranded when
Luis Ordaz flew out.
The Royals had a similar situation in the 12th --
Aaron Guiel drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After that, Cassidy intentionally walked
Mike Sweeney to set up a force play. Ibañez
ruined that strategy with his 21st homer of the season, a monstrous shot that bounced back onto the field of play.
With the damage done,
Luke Prokopec came in to get the final two outs for Toronto.
Hernandez struggled for the Royals, but managed to earn his 22nd save. With one
out, Toronto loaded the bases, pushing the tying run to first base. Swann drove
in one run with a groundout, and
Ken Huckaby hit an opposite-field single to drive in another. With the tying run on second, Stewart popped
out to end the game.
The series will conclude on Wednesday afternoon, with
Shawn Sedlacek (2-3, 5.88) matched up against
Roy Halladay (14-5, 2.73).
Spencer Fordin, who covers the Blue Jays for MLB.com, can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.