25th ANNIVERSARY: Game 2 Recap

1985 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals

Game 2 – October 20, 1985

Location: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Attendance: 41,656

Recap: For the second game in a row, the Royals put up more hits than the Cardinals, but could not find a way to win. Despite a three-hit performance including two doubles from Royals cleanup hitter Frank White and multi-hit games from Lonnie Smith and Willie Wilson, the Cardinals racked up hits in big situations. Tito Landrum had a second consecutive two-hit game, and Terry Pendleton drove in three runs. Just like in Game 1, the Royals’ starting pitcher outlasted the Cardinals’, with Charlie Liebrandt throwing 8.2 innings versus Danny Cox’s 7. The Cards also benefited from a shut-down bullpen; Ken Dayley, who recorded the win, and Jeff Lahti each threw one scoreless inning.

Line Score:


St. Louis 4 6 0

Kansas City 2 9 0

Winning pitcher: Ken Dayley

Losing pitcher: Charlie Leibrandt

Save: Jeff Lahti

Notables: Outside of the first four hitters in the Royals’ lineup, only No. 7 hitter Steve Balboni recorded a hit for Kansas City; Frank White and Willie Wilson recorded stolen bases for KC.

Thursday: A recap of Game 3.

Matt Kelsey is a Royals writer and the content editor for I-70 Baseball. He can be reached at mattkelsey@i70baseball.com.

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