Even on a down night for the team, the KC Royals longtime catcher made sure there was something to cheer for.
The KC Royals began their series with the Angels last night. Many knew it could be tough to keep up with the Angels who have had a good start to the season, but the Royals have been holding their own so far as well. Unfortunately, last night’s matchup didn’t fall in Kansas City’s favor.
While the Royals started to fight back with a 3 run 6th inning, the Angels put up more runs in both the 7th and 9th to secure the win, leaving the score at 10-3.
Even on a night with a tough loss, though, Salvador Perez found a way to brighten things up. Not only did the Royal’s longtime catcher go 4-4 on the night, adding a run and an RBI, he also managed to get his 1000th career base hit.
Perez is now the 13th player in Royals history to reach this mark, joining a group that contains players like Billy Butler, Amos Otis, Alex Gordon, and George Brett, who had a message for Salvy.
Perez has spent his entire career in the Royals organization and fans have already seen him take home recognition as an All-Star, Gold Glover, and Silver Slugger. It’s likely there will be plenty more awards and milestones for Salvy to hit as a Royal as he is only 30 years old and recently signed a long-term contract with the club.
Salvador Perez has provided Royals fans with plenty of highlights over the past years, and it’s good to know that there is plenty more left for fans to be excited about.
The rest of the offense just couldn’t get things going
While Perez may have had a career night, everyone else in blue seemed to struggle at the plate. Merrifield, Soler, and Lopez each provided a hit but the Royals were only able to put up 3 runs and 3 walks against 14 strikeouts.
The Royals seemed to be a little more patient in spring training than usual, but so far, that patience isn’t showing in the regular season. They are a bit anxious to get things going, possibly due to an explosive first two games followed by quiet bats.
Hopefully, after last night’s loss, the Royals will be able to slow things down and look for better pitches at the plate.
The Royals pitching staff saw ups and downs in loss
Brady singer pitched better in last night’s contest than his line suggests. He threw 5.0 innings, allowed 7 hits, no walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 earned run, and 4 total runs. The Royal’s three errors some chaos throughout the night, causing some runs to score when they likely shouldn’t have.
Still, Singer looked more comfortable and should be able to take that into his next start. Jake Brentz and Kyle Zimmer also both looked good, continuing their streaks of not yet giving up any runs.
Scott Barlow struggled, pitching in his 5th game out of the 8 the Royals have played. He got 2 strikeouts but gave up 3 runs, furthering the score even more. He should bounce back as he is still one of the Royal’s stronger bullpen arms.
Carlos Hernandez saw some issues as well, giving up 3 walks and recording no outs. He was followed by Jake Newberry who had just been called back up after Jesse Hahn was put on the injured roster.
Newberry struck out 3 but also gave up 3 runs. He has been inconsistent in the past, but consistent time in the majors could prove to be what he needs.
Kansas City’s first game against the Angels was rough, but now they know that they are looking at. Danny Duffy will get the start tonight as the series continues. While one game is down, the Royals still have a chance to win the series as long as they can take the next two.
The KC Royals dropped the first game in their series with the Angles. Hopefully, things will get back on track tonight to even things out.