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Royals playoff memory for Oct. 19

St. Louis Cardinals runner Jack Clark was caught in a rundown in the ninth inning.
St. Louis Cardinals runner Jack Clark was caught in a rundown in the ninth inning. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Oct. 19, 1985

The 1-70 Series began at Royals Stadium, and the Royals jumped ahead on Steve Balboni’s RBI single in the second inning.

The lead was short-lived. In the third, the Cardinals’ Willie McGee drove in Terry Pendleton with a ground-out and an inning later took the lead on Cesar Cedeno’s RBI double.

The Royals’ best scoring chance late in the game occurred in the eighth. With two outs, Lynn Jones, pinch-hitting for Buddy Biancalana, tripled down the right-field line. A hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases and brought up Willie Wilson. But the rally died when Wilson flew out to left field.

The Royals also wasted a ninth inning leadoff double by Pat Sheridan as the Cardinals prevailed 3-1.

A suicide squeeze attempt in the third inning missed — Biancalana whiffed, and Darryl Motley was caught in a rundown.

“We’re not trying to run ourselves out of the game, but we can’t sit back and wait to score runs,” Royals manager Dick Howser said. “You have to make things happen.”

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