Royals Report: 5 Things About Falling Short Against Seattle
By John Viril
2) Salvador Perez Busts Out Of His Slump
Perez broke an 0-23 string with a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 5, but promptly went 0-4 the next day. However, in his last two starts, Perez has gone 4 for 7 with 1 double, 1 home run, and one walk with 3 RBI’s.
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The mini-surge has boosted Perez’s batting average from .273 at the start of play Thursday night, to .280 after he went 1 for 3 with 1 walk on Friday.
Oh yeah, Perez also hit a one-out home run (14) off Mariners closer Steve Cishek to pull the Royals within one run in the ninth inning. After Thursday’s collapse, I’m sure Cishek suffered a few anxious moments on the mound before he finished out the save with two strikeouts.
In fact, Perez was involved in both KC Royals runs on Friday, coming around to score after walking to lead off the fourth inning.
Though Perez’s late-game heroics came up short on Friday, it’s still good to see one of the Kansas City Royals main offensive cogs get back on track. Hopefully, the offense will improve when Lorenzo Cain returns from the DL after the All-Star break.
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