June’s Top Performances
Here’s where the offense finally hit its stride. It’s no coincidence that the Kansas City Royals started winning much more often starting in June.
Some of the best offensive performances of the season didn’t make this list due to our limit of four in a month. Here are the ones that did make the cut.
Vargas on June 2 vs. Cleveland
I just talked up the offense and start off with a pitching performance. But come on, throwing a complete-game shutout against the future AL Central champion is one amazing feat.
Vargas didn’t have his best stuff in the 4-0 victory. He allowed seven hits and a walk—basically averaging a runner an inning—with three strikeouts. It was the only complete-game shutout a Kansas City Royals pitcher had in 2017, so it pretty much had to be on the list.
Mike Moustakas on June 6 vs. Astros
Mike Moustakas eventually set the single-season franchise record for home runs in a season. So it’s fitting that he joins the list with a performance capped by a walk-off homer.
Overall, Moose finished the night 4 for 5 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. Along with his two-run walk-off blast, Moustakas had two singles and a double in the 9-7 win.
Lorenzo Cain on June 10 at Padres
Following a terrible start to the season, Lorenzo Cain had a phenomenal month—arguably his four best games of the season all came in June. This one tops his list and, thus, easily makes ours. It’s also telling that this is the first performance in a road game that appears on this list.
On this night, Cain wound up 3 for 5 with one of his two multi-homer games on the season. He tied his season-high with three runs scored and set his season-high with five RBI, including four on a grand slam, in a resounding 12-6 win.
Salvador Perez on June 21 vs. Red Sox
Less than two weeks after Cain’s grand slam, Salvador Perez hit the first of his career in a huge home win over Boston. The blast landed on our list of best moments of the season, as it overturned a two-run deficit in a 6-4 victory.
Perez finished the game a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk. Although, the rest of his offensive numbers (one run, one home run and four RBI) all came on one swing. It helped the Kansas City Royals finish the month back at .500 (39-39).