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Here is Game 3 of our simulated 2015 vs. 1985 Royals seven-game series

What if Ned Yost and Dick Howser faced off in a seven-game series?
What if Ned Yost and Dick Howser faced off in a seven-game series? jpatterson@kcstar.com

I used an online historical game simulator and pitted the 1985 Royals and the 2015 Royals against each other using the lineups and rotations as they were in their respective World Series. I’ll share the results of the series each day over the course of the next seven days (if necessary).

A 2-0 deficit in our series wasn’t going to scare the 1985 Royals, right?

They dropped the opener in our simulated series by the score of 5-3 to the 2015 Royals, who also won Game 2 by the score of 4-3. That made Game 3 a must-win.

Our series moved to Royals Stadium for Game 3 and it was Bret Saberhagen going against Yordano Ventura.

The 1985 Royals showed off their defensive skills in the second inning as Eric Hosmer was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by center fielder Willie Wilson. Kendrys Morales followed with a shot that was snared by Frank White at second base. That was key because Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez followed with singles, but both were left stranded when Alex Gordon grounded out to White.

In the bottom half, White doubled and Pat Sheridan followed with a hit that eluded Alex Rios in right field that turned into a RBI triple. Steve Balboni doubled to left and it was 2-0. Ventura escaped more trouble by striking out Jim Sundberg, Buddy Biancalana and Lonnie Smith.

An inning later, George Brett had a one-out single for the 1985 Royals. Hal McRae grounded to Ben Zobrist at second that forced Brett. White hit another double to left field and McRae, who was running on the play, was waved home. Big mistake. Gordon nailed McRae at the plate to end the frame.

The 2015 Royals pulled even in the fourth inning. Morales singled with one out and Moustakas drew a walk. Perez hit a slow roller to White at second and both runners moved up a base. Gordon brought both home with a single and it was 2-2.

The 1985 Royals responded quickly. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Sundberg doubled and then scored on Smith’s single for a 3-2 lead.

That advantage was erased in the top of the fifth. With one out, Lorenzo Cain tripled and Morales crushed a two-run homer to straight-away center field for a 4-3 lead for the 2015 Royals.

The 2015 Royals added to the lead in the sixth. Gordon and Rios hit singles. Escobar grounded to Biancalana at short, and while Rios was forced at second, the 1985 Royals were unable to turn the double play as Gordon took third. Zobrist flied to Sheridan in right and Gordon beat the throw for a 5-3 lead.

Heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, Dick Howser and the 1985 Royals had to know that it was time to make hay against Ventura, because it wouldn’t be easy to score against the 2015 Royals’ bullpen.

Sheridan opened with a walk and Balboni singled. Sundberg followed with an RBI single that made it 5-4. Pitching coach Dave Eiland came to talk with Ventura as Kelvin Herrera warmed up. It seemed to help as Ventura struck out Biancalana and Smith flied to short left.

However, Wilson delivered the biggest hit of the series for the 1985 Royals — a triple that brought home Balboni and Sundberg to make it a 6-5 advantage for the 1985 team. Herrera came into the game and Brett walked. But McRae struck out, ending the inning.

In the seventh, White hit a solo homer off Herrera that landed in the right-field bullpen and it was 7-5 in favor of the 1985 Royals.

Dan Quisenberry was called on to start the eight inning. Perez opened the inning by reaching on an error by Biancalana. But Gordon grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. In the ninth, Cain reached on an infield single with two outs, but Hosmer grounded out to Balboni and the 1985 Royals had taken Game 3 of our series.

Game 3: 1985 Royals 7, 2015 Royals 5

2015 Royals

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

Escobar ss

5

0

1

0

0

0

Zobrist 2b

4

0

0

1

0

1

L.Cain cf

5

1

2

0

0

0

Hosmer 1b

5

0

0

0

0

1

K.Morales dh

4

2

2

2

0

0

Moustakas 3b

3

1

2

0

1

0

S.Perez c

4

0

1

0

0

0

Gordon lf

4

1

2

2

0

0

Rios rf

4

0

2

0

0

1

Totals

38

5

12

5

1

3

1985 Royals

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

L.Smith lf

5

0

2

1

0

1

Wilson cf

5

0

1

2

0

0

Brett 3b

3

0

2

0

1

0

McRae dh

4

0

0

0

0

2

F.White 2b

4

2

3

1

0

0

Sheridan rf

3

2

1

1

1

0

Balboni 1b

4

1

2

1

0

0

Sundberg c

4

2

2

1

0

1

Biancalana ss

3

0

0

0

1

2

Totals

35

7

13

7

3

6

2015 KC

000

221

000

5

12

0

1985 KC

020

103

10x

7

13

1

E: Biancalana. LOB: 2015KC 8, 1985KC 8. 2B: Escobar, Moustakas, F.White 2, Balboni, Sundberg. 3B: L.Cain, Wilson, Sheridan. HR: Morales off Saberhagen; F.White off Herrera. RBIs: Zobrist, Morales 2, Gordon 2, L.Smith, Wilson 2, F.White, Sheridan, Balboni, Sundberg. SF: Zobrist.

GIDP: White, Gordon. DP: 2015KC 1 (Escobar, Zobrist, Hosmer); 1985KC 1 (Biancalana, White, Balboni).

2015 KC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Ventura L, 0-1

5.2

11

6

6

2

5

101

9.53

Herrera

1.1

1

1

1

1

1

17

3.38

Madson

1

1

0

0

0

0

12

0.00

1985 KC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Saberhagen W, 1-0

7

11

5

5

1

2

104

6.43

Quisenberry SV, 1

2

1

0

0

0

2

20

0.00

HBP: by Ventura (Brett).

Time: 3:07. Att: 41,651.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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