Kansas City Royals: Top Moments of 2017 Season
10.) Back-to-Back-to-Back Home Runs
After a slow start to the second half of the season, the Kansas City Royals were in the midst of what would become a nine-game winning streak on July 23. That day the team finished off a sweep of the White Sox in one of the games of the season.
Derek Holland had retired the minimum and given up no hits through three innings. But to start the fourth, the top three guys in the batting order all recorded hits:
- Whit Merrifield: Home run
- Jorge Bonifacio: Home run
- Eric Hosmer: Home run
According to MLB.com, it was the first time the Kansas City Royals had hit back-to-back-to-back home runs since May 2006. Tony Graffanino, Angel Berroa and Doug Mientkiewicz hit those three blasts. Even more surprisingly, the franchise had only hit three home runs in an inning one other time since 2006. That happened the night before in the sixth inning.
Even with those home runs, the Kansas City Royals had to work to extend their winning run to five games. Chicago scored four runs—highlighted by Adam Engel‘s three-run double—in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead.
Merrifield tied the score with his second solo shot in the eighth inning. Brandon Moss won it in the ninth with a double to drive in pinch-runner Lorenzo Cain. According to the MLB.com article, it was the team’s fourth walk-off win in eight days and kept Kansas City just 1.5 games back of Cleveland in the American League Central Division standings.