Royals Have Angels Folding Tents in 11th, 5-3 : Baseball: Yet another extra-inning loss has players looking ahead to their strike plans.
Angel outfielder Bo Jackson already has bought his plane tickets, and planned his itinerary. He is scheduled to depart at 8:30 Friday morning for Atlanta, then drive to Bessemer, Ala., and by nightfall, will be sitting at his favorite fishing hole.
“They better hope the strike lasts at least a week,” Jackson laughed, “because it will take that long for them to find me.
“I’m going to have myself a good ol’ time, and who knows, maybe I won’t be coming back.”
Jackson, who loves nothing more than tormenting his former teammates, proved once again Tuesday to be a pain for the Kansas City Royals, but once again, it made little difference.
The Royals shook off Jackson’s 450-foot home run in the eighth inning and simply waited until they got deep into the Angels’ bullpen, winning 5-3 in 11 innings before 17,876 at Anaheim Stadium.
It left the Angels (44-68) with their 14th defeat in 18 games, and their third extra-inning defeat in the last four games. Considering the way this season has gone, who can blame the Angels for not being sentimental tonight when they say what could be their final goodbys of the season.
Barring a last-minute settlement that averts a Friday strike, starter Brian Anderson and outfielder Jim Edmonds are heading out to Parker, Ariz., for a weekend of jet-skiing. Reliever Joe Grahe is going fishing in Florida. Reliever Russ Springer is going hunting in Louisiana. Everyone, it seems, will be going their separate ways.
“I don’t think anyone wants our season to end,” Edmonds said, “but the way our season has been going, it’s going to be nice to get out of here and forget all of this stuff.”
Edmonds became the latest player to bear the brunt of Angel Manager Marcel Lachemann’s wrath when he was yanked out of the game in the seventh inning. Edmonds made a two-base error when he dropped Bob Hamelin’s fly ball near the left field line, and Lachemann pulled him in place of Jackson.
Jackson, who certainly can’t remember the last time he entered the game as a defensive replacement, stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with the Angels trailing, 3-1. Five pitches later, he hit Kevin Appier’s pitch off the concrete center field wall beyond the fence for a two-run homer.
The trouble, of course, was that it merely tied the score, and the Angels still had to use their bullpen, which failed once again.
Mark Leiter (4-7) was greeted in the 11th by catcher Mike Macfarlane’s leadoff homer. Felix Jose followed with a double, and scored one out later on a double by Gary Gaetti, who still is being paid $2.9 million by the Angels. Of the 12 hits produced by the Royals, 10 were for extra bases.