For the 14th time in his career, Salvador Perez notched a multi-home run game.
Perez had some help from Hunter Dozier, who hit his second home run in as many days, as the Royals mounted a comeback victory against the rival Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
The victory puts the Royals at 4-5 and in a good early position in the American League Central.
As far as pitching goes, the Royals’ bullpen was absolutely lockdown. Amir Garrett, Jake Brentz, Collin Snider, Scott Barlow, and Josh Staumont blanked the Twins in 4.2 innings, striking out five along the way. It was a close nail biter at the end due to Staumont’s difficulty finding the strike zone, but he gutted it out and got the save.
It was a much better effort than Carlos Hernandez, who was fooling no one; he had no strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched, and poor fielding behind him left no room for error (no pun intended).
Bobby Witt Jr., who was moved down in the lineup by manager Mike Matheny, ended tonight’s contest 0 for 4, with five men left on base, three of them coming from an inning-ending double play ball with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
The rookie star is now hitting .139/.162/.250 this season, good enough for a cool wRC+ of 10, but after such a hot start to the season, it’s hard to see him struggle.
Now sitting at 4-5, the Royals have a chance to make it back to .500 tomorrow, and extend their winning streak to three games. And against division rivals, every game counts.
Photo Credit: Kansas City Royals first baseman Hunter Dozier (17) celebrates with designated hitter Salvador Perez (13) after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports