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Here is Game 5 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).

It’s the pivotal game in our simulation.

In 1985, the Royals entered Game 5 of the World Series trailing 3-1 and didn’t lose again.

In 2015, the Royals entered Game 5 of the World Series leading 3-1 and won the title hours later.

Our simulated Game 5 opens with Alcides Escobar swinging at the first pitch from Danny Jackson and … grounding out to Buddy Biancalana at shortstop. It was part of a 1-2-3 inning for Jackson.

The 1985 Royals went down in order against Edison Volquez in the bottom half.

Mike Moustakas had the game’s first hit — a two-out double in the second inning. Salvador Perez followed with a single to right that brought home Moose and the 2015 Royals forged a 1-0 lead.

The 1985 Royals struck right back in their half. Frank White singled with one out and Pat Sheridan followed by drawing a walk. After Steve Balboni struck out, Jim Sundberg singled to left and White scored. Biancalana drew a walk to load the bases, but Lonnie Smith struck out and the 1985 Royals had tied the game 1-1, but missed a chance at a big inning.

An inning later, Willie Wilson singled and stole second. George Brett doubled home Wilson to give the 1985 Royals the lead. After Hal McRae flied to center, White and Sheridan walked to load the bases again. However, Balboni struck out again and Sundberg lined out to Moustakas.

Jackson found a groove, retiring eight straight before Escobar’s two-out single in the fifth inning. Ben Zobrist reached on error as the 2015 Royals threatened, but Lorenzo Cain struck out.

In the sixth inning, Kendrys Morales drew a one-out walk, but was picked off first by Jackson (Morales hasn’t been caught stealing since 2012!).

The 1985 Royals added to their lead in the sixth inning. Sundberg singled with one out, and after Biancalana filed out, Smith reached on a chopper past the mound that Escobar had to just hold.

Ned Yost, wanting to keep the game close, called on Kelvin Herrera again. Wilson greeted Herrera with a single that scored Sundberg and it was 3-1. However, Herrera got Brett to fly to Cain in center field to limit the damage.

Jackson’s pickoff move got Alex Gordon, who may have taken off early on a hit-and-run in the top of the seventh inning.

For just the second time, the 2015 Royals got the leadoff hitter on base in the eighth inning. Zobrist drew a walk and Cain followed with a single to left field. Then, Eric Hosmer took a called third strike.

Morales lifted a fly to shallow left that fell in front of a hard-charging Smith. That loaded the bases (Jarrod Dyson came in to run for Morales) and Dick Howser brought on Dan Quisenberry to quell the threat.

Quiz had a rough time in Game 4 and that continued in Game 5. He walked Moustakas and Zobrist trotted home to make it 3-2.

Perez, the MVP of the 2015 World Series, drilled the first pitch from Quisenberry over the left-field wall for a grand slam. In one swing of the bat, the 2015 Royals turned a one-run deficit into a 6-3 lead.

Ryan Madson worked around a one-out single by Sundberg in the bottom of the frame.

In the top of the ninth, the 2015 Royals put runners on second and third with one out, but Hosmer again struck out looking and Dyson grounded out to first.

Would the missed opportunity haunt them?

The answer to that question: Wade Davis.

He entered the game and struck out Wilson before getting Brett on a grounder to short. McRae doubled to left, but White struck out to end the game and the series.

And we’ve come full circle. Brett was right: The 2015 Royals would beat the 1985 Royals. At least they did in our simulation. Here is Game 1. This is Game 2. Here is Game 3. This is Game 4.

2015 Royals 6, 1985 Royals 3

2015 Royals

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

A.Escobar ss

4

0

2

0

1

0

Zobrist 2b

4

1

0

0

1

0

L.Cain cf

5

1

2

0

0

1

Hosmer 1b

5

0

0

0

0

3

K.Morales dh

3

0

1

0

1

0

a-Dyson pr, dh

1

1

0

0

0

0

Moustakas 3b

3

2

1

1

1

0

S.Perez c

4

1

2

5

0

0

Gordon lf

4

0

2

0

0

1

Rios rf

4

0

1

0

0

0

Totals

37

6

11

6

4

5

1985 Royals

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

L.Smith lf

4

0

1

0

1

2

Wilson cf

5

1

2

1

0

2

Brett 3b

5

0

1

1

0

1

McRae dh

5

0

1

0

0

2

White 2b

4

1

1

0

1

1

Sheridan rf

2

0

0

0

2

0

Balboni 1b

4

0

0

0

0

2

Sundberg c

4

1

3

1

0

0

Biancalana ss

3

0

0

0

2

0

Totals

36

3

9

3

5

10

2015 KC

010

000

050

6

11

0

1985 KC

011

001

00x

3

9

1

a-ran for Morales in the 8th.

E: Jackson. LOB: 2015KC 8, 1985KC 11. 2B: Brett, McRae, Escobar, Moustakas. HR: Perez off Quisenberry. RBIs: Perez 5, Brett, Perez, Sundberg, Moustakas. SB: Wilson, Cain. CS: Morales, Gordon.

2015 KC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Volquez

5.2

6

3

3

5

7

110

3.95

Herrera W, 1-0

1.1

1

0

0

0

1

14

2.08

Madson

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

12

0.00

Davis SV, 4

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

12

0.00

1985 KC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Jackson L, 0-2

7.1

8

4

4

3

3

106

5.65

Quisenberry

1.2

3

2

2

1

2

29

7.71

Blown save: Quisenberry. Hold: Madson.

Time: 3:18. Att: 41,662.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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