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Schrom Pitches a One-Hitter, Nearly Loses

Associated Press

What started out badly ended up brilliantly for Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Ken Schrom Wednesday night at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

In the Kansas City first, Lonnie Smith walked with one out. Schrom then attempted to pick him off first but threw wildly, and Smith scooted all the way to third. Smith subsequently scored on Schrom’s wild pitch to George Brett.

That proved to be the only run that Schrom (7-5) allowed as he pitched a one-hitter to lead the Twins to a 2-1 victory.

“That’s as close to a no-hitter as you’ll ever see in this (hitters’) stadium,” said Roy Smalley, whose two-run, pinch-hit single off ace Royal reliever Dan Quisenberry in the ninth inning gave the Twins the win.

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Schrom, who gave up only a single to Willie Wilson in the third inning, was given a standing ovation from the Metrodome crowd of 20,060 after he retired the Royals in the ninth inning but trailed, 1-0.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a standing ovation for a pitcher who was losing,” Smalley said.

Schrom finished with four strikeouts and five walks.


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