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Here is Game 4 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).

If you think of the great possible pitching matchups in our all-Royals World Series, it’s unlikely that Bud Black against Chris Young is at the top of your list.

But that’s who took the hill in Game 4.

Young ran into trouble almost immediately. After Lonnie Smith popped out in the bottom of the first, Willie Wilson hit a double to right-center. George Brett followed with a scorching double that just eluded Lorenzo Cain in center field. After Hal McRae popped out to Mike Moustakas at third, Frank White singled and Brett scored to give the 1985 Royals a 2-0 lead.

As this series (and real life) has shown, the 2015 Royals don’t worry about deficits. They got a run back in the second inning. Moustakas opened the frame with a walk. After Salvador Perez flied out to left-center, Alex Gordon singled, as did Alex Rios, whose hit scored Moustakas as Gordon took third.

But back came the 1985 Royals. Steve Balboni walked. Jim Sundberg lined out to Eric Hosmer at first, but Balboni came around to score on Buddy Biancalana’s double. Biancalana then surprised everyone by stealing third. Perez’s throw was over Moustakas’ head and Biancalana trotted home to make it a 4-1 game.

Both pitchers settled into a groove from there until the fifth inning. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Wilson bunted for a hit. Brett hit a shot to Hosmer at first, but he couldn’t handle it and Wilson made it to third base. McRae flied out to left and Wilson scored for a 5-1 lead.

That was the score when Gordon opened the seventh inning with a Texas Leaguer that fell in for a single. Rios reached on an infield single to Biancalana. Steve Farr began warming in the bullpen, but Black got Escobar and Ben Zobrist on shallow fly outs.

Cain stepped to the plate and his fly ball was anything but shallow. He crushed a three-run homer to right-center that made it 5-4. That ended Black’s night as Farr came into the game. He got Hosmer on a pop out to White.

Brett opened the bottom of the inning with a single off Kelvin Herrera. McRae and White walked, and the 1985 Royals were in business. However, Hosmer grabbed Sheridan’s grounder, threw to Perez for the force out and the throw back to Hosmer got Sheridan for the 3-2-3 double play. Balboni then lined out to Zobrist to end the inning.

That didn’t look like it would make a difference as Farr tossed a scoreless eighth and gave way to Dan Quisenberry to start the ninth.

Rios opened the inning with a single and took second on a hit by Escobar. Zobrist hit a shot up the middle and Mike Jirschele held Rios at third, so the bases were loaded. Quisenberry got Cain to pop out to Brett at third.

However, Hosmer singled to left. Rios scored easily and Escobar barely beat the throw from Lonnie Smith as the 2015 Royals took their first lead of the game at 6-5.

After Quisenberry walked Morales to load the bases, Dick Howser brought in Joe Beckwith. He got Moustakas to hit into a 3-2 fielder’s choice and Perez to ground out to Balboni.

Wade Davis came on for the 2015 Royals and worked around a two-out walk to McRae (Onix Concepcion pinch-ran). But Frank White grounded out to Alcides Escobar to end the game.

The 2015 Royals now had a 3-1 series lead, having won the opener by the score of 5-3 and Game 2 by the score of 4-3. The 1985 Royals won Game 3 by a score of 7-5.

This was a familiar spot for both teams: The 1985 Royals down 3-1 and the 2015 Royals up 3-1.

2015 Royals 6, 1985 Royals 5

2015 Royals

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

A.Escobar ss

5

1

1

0

0

0

Zobrist 2b

4

0

2

0

1

0

L.Cain cf

5

1

1

3

0

0

Hosmer 1b

5

0

1

2

0

1

K.Morales dh

4

0

1

0

1

1

Moustakas 3b

4

1

1

0

1

0

S.Perez c

5

0

1

0

0

0

Gordon lf

4

1

2

0

0

0

Rios rf

4

2

3

1

0

0

Totals

40

6

13

6

3

2

1985 Royals

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

L.Smith lf

5

0

1

0

0

2

Wilson cf

5

2

3

0

0

0

Brett 3b

5

1

2

1

0

0

McRae dh

3

0

0

0

2

0

a-Concepcion pr

0

0

0

0

0

0

White 2b

3

0

1

1

2

0

Sheridan rf

3

0

0

1

1

2

Balboni 1b

3

1

0

0

1

1

Sundberg c

4

0

0

0

0

0

Biancalana ss

4

1

1

1

0

0

Totals

35

5

8

4

6

5

2015 KC

010

000

302

6

13

2

1985 KC

220

010

00x

5

8

2

a-ran for McRae in the 9th.

E: Hosmer, Perez, White, Black. LOB: 2015KC 9, 1985KC 9. 2B: Zobrist, Wilson 2, Brett, Biancalana. HR: Cain off Black. RBIs: Cain 3, Brett, White, Hosmer 2, Rios, Sheridan, Biancalana. SB: Biancalana. CS: Rios.

GIDP: S.Perez, Sheridan. DP: 1985KC 1 (Biancalana, White, Balboni), 2015 KC 1 (Hosmer, Perez, Hosmer).

2015 KC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Young

6

7

5

3

3

4

91

4.50

Herrera

1

1

0

0

2

0

21

2.70

Madson W, 1-0

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

11

0.00

Davis SV, 3

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

15

0.00

1985 KC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Black

6.2

8

4

4

2

2

93

5.40

Farr

1.1

1

0

0

0

0

16

0.00

Quisenberry L, 0-1

0.1

4

2

2

1

0

16

7.71

Beckwith

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

13

0.00

Blown save: Quisenberry. Hold: Farr.

Time: 3:21. Att: 41,657.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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