September’s Top Performances
Somewhat remarkably, the Kansas City Royals went 15-14 in the final full month of the season. However, we’re lumping the finale on Oct. 1 in with September here, meaning the team went .500 after its horrendous August.
Even with that somewhat misleading record, the Royals turned in few notable performances in the final weeks of the season. Granted Moustakas and Gordon each hit record-breaking home runs, but overall outstanding individual performances were hard to come by.
Alcides Escobar on Sept. 6 at Tigers
We struggled mightily to come up with a good game for Alcides Escobar. This will have to do. It’s his only four-hit game of the season, so it’s not the worst selection.
Escobar’s contribution didn’t exactly prove vital to the win, considering it came by a 13-2 margin. But it didn’t hurt for him to double, triple, score twice and drive in a run.
Perez on Sept. 6 at Tigers
As mentioned before, the number of quality performances was so lacking that we had two from the same game. Ironically, it happened exactly one month after the other instance. Instead of a blowout win at home against Seattle, this happened in a road win over Detroit.
This was one of two multi-homer games Perez had on the season. He finished the game 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and drove in three.
Brandon Moss on Sept. 12 vs. White Sox
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Another player who didn’t have the best season, Brandon Moss showed power in a few games this year. He hit a pair of homers in two separate games. This wasn’t one of those games. However, it was one of three in which he drove in four runs.
In this instance, he did it all on one swing of the bat. Moss cranked a first-inning grand slam that gave the Kansas City Royals all the offense they needed in a 4-3 victory. For good measure, the designated hitter finished 2 for 2 with a walk.
Merrifield on Sept. 20 at Blue Jays
Moustakas stole the headlines in this 15-5 blowout win, as he broke the franchise’s long-standing home run mark with his 37th of the season. Merrifield, though, had a better game. Good enough to grab the final spot on our list, in fact.
He wound up up 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Like Moustakas, Merrifield also homered in the win north of the border. He added two RBI and two stolen bases to fill out his statline. At least we have more great games from Merrifield to look forward to in 2018.
So fans, what was your favorite individual performance of the season? Let us know in the comments or on social media.