KANSAS CITY -- Under the heading of historic facts you'd never know unless it was dug up by those inquisitive guys at the Elias Sports Bureau in New York comes this:
In Thursday night's 11-inning, 7-6 walk-off win over the Indians, the Royals became just the second victorious team in Major League history to score six or more runs in the first inning and then not score in each of the next nine or more innings.
The Royals got six runs in the first, then went scoreless for nine innings (second through 10th) before getting the decisive run in the 11th.
The only other team to do that, according to Elias, was the 1931 New York Yankees in an Aug. 22 victory over the St. Louis Browns, 8-6, at Sportsman's Park on the east side of Missouri. The Yankees scored six runs in the first inning and two in the 11th. Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig was 3-for-4 and shortstop Lyn Lary knocked in four runs.
Royals lefty Everett Teaford termed Kansas City's inclusion as the second team in this odd category as "infamous" and blamed himself for giving up a two-run homer that pulled the Indians into a 6-6 tie.
"I think I caused the infamy by giving up the home run, because we should have won in nine innings and not had those extra innings," Teaford said. "So I feel I caused the unfortunate history and made people stay here later than they might have wanted."
Late though it might have been, the Royals did emerge on top and Teaford could smile about it.
"You can laugh about a win, but if it was a loss, it wouldn't be quite as funny," he said.