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Royals playoff memory for Oct. 20, 1985

Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett paused and watched his double drop in to score a Royals run in the fourth inning of World Series Game 2 with the St. Louis Cardinals in Kansas City on Oct. 20, 1985.
Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett paused and watched his double drop in to score a Royals run in the fourth inning of World Series Game 2 with the St. Louis Cardinals in Kansas City on Oct. 20, 1985. The ASSOCIATED PRESS

World Series Game 2 at Royals Stadium was falling the Royals’ way. George Brett and Frank delivered RBI doubles in the fifth inning, and Royals starter Charlie Leibrandt carried the 2-0 lead into the ninth.

Leibrandt had breezed through eight inning, surrendering only two hits. Manager Dick Howser stayed with him, and it looked like the right move. Willie McGee opened the inning with a double, and Leibrandt retired the next two hitters. The Cardinals were down to their final out.

Jack Clark singled home McGee for the Cards’ first run, and here Howser elected to stay with Leibrandt instead of closer Dan Quisenberry.

Tito Landrum doubled, sending Clark to third and after an intentional walk, Terry Pendleton cleared the bases with a double.

“Charlie had pitched out of similar jams many times this season,” Howser said.

But not this time, and the Cardinals’ 4-2 triumph gave them a 2-0 lead in the World Series and sent the World Series to St. Louis. With the Cardinals needing to take two of three at Busch Stadium, the odds of the I-70 Series returning to Kansas City did not seem great.

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