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.
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.
TEAM R H E
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 email@example.com.