Salvador Perez’s Ninth Inning 3-Run shot Rescues Royals


Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Salvador Perez hit a dramatic 3-run moon shot over the left field wall that stayed just fair to give the Royals a 5-4 lead  over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 9th inning. The blow stood up, giving Kansas City a come-from-behind victory Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Perez’s home run stunned the sparse crowd at the Trop, who had enjoyed a 4-2 lead since no. 9 hitter Keven Kiermaier hit a grand slam off Yordana Ventura in the 4th inning with the Rays trailing the Royals 2-0.

The sudden reversal helped the Royals go 47-43 on the season, and remain 4.5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.

On the Mound

Yordano Ventura looked ready to cruise to another strong outing in the early going, until loading the bases and giving up the big fly to Kiermaier in the 4th inning. Ventura only went 5.0 innings, while allowing 5 hits, 4 walks, 4 earned runs with 5 strikeouts.

Kelvin Herrera entered in the 6th inning and recorded two outs with 1 walk in .2 innings pitched.

Scott Downs got the final out of the 6th, and pitched a clean 7th. Downs has rreally solidified the pen since his acquisition on July 6th. Downs has pitched 3.1 innings without allowing either an earned run or an inhereted base-runner to score.

Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless 8th, despite loading the bases by allowing a hit and 2 walks. He earned the win by being the pitcher of record when Perez hit his home run.

Greg Holland pitched a clean 9th with 2 strikeouts to earn his 24th save.

At the Plate

After looking like they were going to have another frustrating night with 11 hits, 4 walks and only 2 earned runs, Salvador Perez rescued the offense from another dull performance with his game-saving 3-run home run (11).

Salvador Perez went 2 for 5, with a double, home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s.

Eric Hosmer also had a good game, going 1-2 with his 5th home run of the season in the game’s 3rd at bat (solo shot). Hosmer also drew 3 walks, scored 1 run and drove in 1 RBI on the day.

Omar Infante also reached base safely 4 times, going 3-4 with 3 singles, and 1 walk.

This and That

Wnen Salvador Perez stepped to the plate in the 9th inning, the Royals had gone 1-10 with runners in scoring position on the day. His home changed that number to a mere 2-11, but with 3 big RBI’s.

Three Royals came up lame Wednesday morning. Alex Gordon reinjured his wrist sliding into second base on a double Tuesday. On Wednesday, he flew back to Kansas City for an MRI. Raul Ibanez started in his place in left. Mike Moustakas got scratched due to flu-like symptoms, allowing Danny Valencia to make a rare start vs. a right handed pitcher (Alex Cobb). Finally, Jason Vargas required an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning at a local Tampa hospital. Vargas is expected to miss 3 weeks.

Perez’s one blow turned around what had been a snakebit day for the Royals.

James Shields had some fun Wednesday before the game, when a Rays fan introduced the pitcher to a show champion English Labrador named “Big Game James Shields”.

Despite last night’s 1-run win, the Royals are still a sub-par 10-17 in 1 run games this season.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Salvador Perez. 13. player. 7. . Catcher. 4th season

Salvador Perez is the obvious winner with his game–saving 9th inning home run. The Royals haven’t had enough hits like that that this season.

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The Rays

RF Kevin Kiermaier had a great day at the plate for the Rays, going 4-4 with 3 singles, a grand slam home run (8), 1 run scored, and 4 RBI’s. Kiermaier more than made up for his fielding misadventures in Monday’s series opener.

Up Next

The Royals return home on Thursday to open what shapes up to be a showdown four-game series with the Tigers just before the All-Star break. Kansas City will send Jeremy Guthrie (5-7, 4.10 ERA) to the mound against Drew Smyly (4-8, 3.89 ERA) for Detroit. Game time is 7:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.


Jarrod Dyson CF5110015.294.349.346.695
Lorenzo Cain RF5020025.324.360.449.809
Eric Hosmer 1B2211305.260.310.366.676
Salvador Perez C5223005.284.329.444.773
Omar Infante 2B4030115.272.315.382.698
Billy Butler DH4020014.272.325.346.671
   Christian Colon PR-DH1000001.300.300.7001.000
Raul Ibanez LF5001025.
   Alex Gordon LF0000000.268.348.425.772
Danny Valencia 3B4000004.281.320.396.716
Alcides Escobar SS4000024.283.322.390.711
Team Totals3951154943.282.349.436.785

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HR: E Hosmer (5, off A Cobb, 1st inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep RF); S Perez (11, off K Yates, 9th inn, 2 on, 1 out to Deep LF Line).
TB: S Perez 5; E Hosmer 4; O Infante 3; B Butler 2; L Cain 2; J Dyson.
RBI: S Perez 3 (35); E Hosmer (39); R Ibanez (23).
2-out RBI: E Hosmer.
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 2 for 11.
SB: L Cain (12, 2nd base off A Cobb/J Molina); J Dyson 2 (16, 2nd base off J Peralta/J Molina, 3rd base off J Peralta/J Molina).

Desmond Jennings CF4000125.243.333.389.722
Ben Zobrist SS2000305.266.352.406.758
Matthew Joyce DH3010013.269.351.427.778
   Logan Forsythe PH-DH2000002.236.286.335.622
Evan Longoria 3B4110125.262.340.395.735
James Loney 1B4100115.277.330.377.707
Brandon Guyer LF5010015.262.309.357.666
Sean Rodriguez 2B3000004.237.289.496.786
Jose Molina C3110104.
Kevin Kiermaier RF4144004.297.331.574.906
Team Totals344847742.235.381.324.704

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HR: K Kiermaier (8, off Y Ventura, 4th inn, 3 on, 2 outs to Deep RF).
HBP: S Rodriguez (4, by Y Ventura).
TB: K Kiermaier 7; B Guyer; J Molina; E Longoria; M Joyce.
RBI: K Kiermaier 4 (21).
2-out RBI: K Kiermaier 4.
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 1 for 9.
E: B Zobrist (8).
Pickoffs: K Kiermaier (1st base by S Perez).

Yordano Ventura 5 5444513.2810460
Kelvin Herrera 0.22001002.192210
Scott Downs 1.10000005.331511
Aaron Crow, W (4-1) 1 1002002.392210
Greg Holland, S (24) 1 0000201.87139
Team Totals 9 8447714.00176100

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Alex Cobb 6.26222714.149863
Grant Balfour, H (6) 0.10001004.8973
Jake McGee, H (11) 0.12000101.561410
Brad Boxberger, H (6) 0.20000002.52107
Joel Peralta, H (13) 0.11221104.26136
Kirby Yates, BS (1), L (0-1) 0.22110012.5785
Team Totals 9 11554925.0015094

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Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: Y Ventura (2; S Rodriguez).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.