Salvador Perez, Improving Offense Give Kansas City Royals Winning Record
The home crowd undoubtedly got their money’s worth tonight in Kansas City. Salvador Perez led a game-winning, late-inning comeback that brought the Kansas City Royals back to a winning record and kept them in a tie for second place in their division. Perez gets tonight’s game ball without a doubt, but nearly everybody contributed on offense in this exciting home victory.
Salvy was one of four KC batters with a RBI tonight, and only two Royals went without a hit all game. Four different Royals had multiple hits, and five raised their batting averages with tonight’s output. All this scoring made seven runs from the daunting Toronto Blue Jays offense completely irrelevant.
Jason Vargas went through his first struggles as a Royal tonight, going 6 1/3rd innings and allowing five runs to score, but KC’s great night on offense took him off the hook for the loss. Aaron Crow, whose ERA is still unblemished, wound up with the win. Although KC didn’t destroy Dustin McGowan like I hoped/expected, they forced him to throw a lot of pitches and got him out of the game by the 7th, after which they unloaded on Toronto relievers for eight total runs in the 7th and 8th inning.
After a slow and ugly start to the season, Kansas City’s offense is heating up over these last two weeks. The Royals have scored five or more runs in eight of their last 13 games and averaged an even five runs per game during that stretch. Since the Royals are still unbeaten whenever they score four or more runs in a game, five sounds like more than enough to keep fans in Kansas City happy all season long.