You know what’s great about this team? You never know who is going to be the hero. It could be Robin. It could be Molly. It could be Coop, Gantner, Gorman or Oglivie. Lately, it’s even been Simmons.
Today? Today it was Charlie Moore.
The Brewers would never again trail. Moore would knock in another for good measure, finishing with two hits, three runs scored and three runs batted in.
Of course, there was another hero on this day. That hero toed the rubber. On some days it may be Vuke. It may be Caldwell. It may be Moose or Rollie.
Today? Today it was reliever Jim Slaton.
Southpaw Bob McClure started and struggled. In 4 2/3 innings, he allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks. He left the game with a runner on and one out, Royals leading 5-3.
Then Slaton entered the game. Our man Jim was about as flawless as a relief pitcher could be. Thrust into early duty, Slaton didn’t only stop the bleeding. He healed the wound. And he finished the job.
Jim Slaton finished the game, pitching 4 1/3 innings, allowing only a hit. No walks. No runs. Nothing. Once Slaton entered the game, the Royals had no chance. All his teammates needed to do was score.
Thanks mainly to Charlie Moore, the offense joined Slaton in saving the day.
Game Notes: Larry Hisle, who has missed time this season due to an assortment of injuries, made his first start at DH since April 17 … The win was Slaton’s first of the season … It was Slaton’s third appearance since coming off of the DL with a bad back … The Royals’ Jerry Martin hit a one-run single in the first, two-run single in the third and solo homer in the fifth, all off of Bob McClure … Ben Oglivie hit his sixth homer of the season … Pitcher Vida Blue, who has been troubled with a sore left shoulder, will start tomorrow’s game for the Royals … Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray was named AL Player of the Month for April. He hit .441 with 30 hits, including a hit in each of the first 14 games.