MLB.com tracks a stat of the day for the Royals this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget of each game.
June 10: Royals 6, A’s 1 – Soler’s coup in a strange story
Jorge Soler has a chance to set one of Major League Baseball’s most unusual records this year. After a review of the replay determined that A’s catcher, Sean Murphy, made contact with Soler’s bat at the top of the seventh inning on Thursday, Soler was awarded first base on a catcher interference for the sixth time this season. This is halfway to Jacoby Ellsbury’s 12th major league record in a season, which came during his time with the Yankees. His next time around, Soler made sure he had no more catcher interference calls than homers so far this year, when he demolished his 100th career home run in the eighth inning.
June 9: Angels 6, Royals 1 – Whit-streak does it again
With a single in the first, Whit Merrifield extended his winning streak to 10 games, giving him his ninth streak of 10 or more games since 2017. He matched Anthony Rendon and are second behind Charlie Blackmon (10 series) in that one. interval.
June 8: Angels 8, Royals 1 – Bolaños strikeout
Ronald Bolaños knocked out the top five hitters he faced during his notable outing against the Angels. This made him only the Royals’ third pitcher to take out the top five hitters from the bullpen. The other two Royals pitchers to do so were Luke Hochevar (September 10, 2013, v Cleveland) and Scott Sullivan (May 30, 2004, v Minnesota).
June 7: Kowar on the wild side
Royals rookie Jackson Kowar struggled to find his lead on his MLB debut, leading him to throw three wild pitches in his two-thirds of an inning. The three wild throws made him the first pitcher since knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in 1992 to throw three or more wild throws in an MLB debut.
June 6: Twins 2, Royals 1 – Benintendi extends the RBI series
Andrew Benintendi returned to the field in the series finale. His single in the middle of the third inning was his 29th RBI of the season and his fifth consecutive game with an RBI – a stretch in which he drove in 11. This is the second longest streak by a Royals hitter in this one. season, behind Salvador Perez’s seven from May 28 to June 4. Benintendi has also recorded a success in his last 10 starts since May 26, a stretch where he is beating 351 with 14 RBI.
June 5: Twins 5, Royals 4 – Taylor’s 98 mph assistance
The Royals knew Michael A. Taylor could play solid center court when they signed him this offseason, but the 30-year-old showed some elite defensive skills on the wide outfield at Kauffman Stadium. Taylor fielded an Alex Kirilloff single with two outs in the third inning and saw Nelson Cruz run home from second base. Taylor fired a 98 mph strike at catcher Salvador Perez, who tagged Cruz to finish the innings. This is the fastest shot on an assist since the start of last season, as well as Taylor’s third assist of 2021 – and the first since his two during the first weekend of the season.
June 4: Royals 14, Twins 5 – Salvy keeps raking
Royals catcher Salvador Perez didn’t make a homer, but he made sure to move to the pot again in the rout. His two-point nine-point single initially extended his streak to eight games, during which he beats .333 (11 of 33). He also has at least one RBI in seven straight games, the longest career record of a Royals hitter since Kendrys Morales (seven) from 5-12 September 2016. The club’s record is Mike Sweeney’s 13-game streak in 1999.
June 3: Royals 6, Twins 5 – Barlow’s rescue stands out
It’s hard to overstate how important Scott Barlow is to the Royals bullpen this year. At the start of a four-game run, the right recorded the last six outs to score his second two-innings save of the season, becoming the only Majors pitcher in 2021 with two six-out saves. And he is the Royals’ first pitcher with two such saves in a season since Joakim Soria scored five in 2009.
June 1: Royals 10, Pirates 5 – Over .500
Salvador Perez scored a couple of homers and Kansas City wiped out the two-game set to move a game over .500 for the first time since May 7, having won 11 of their last 17 in the wake of an 11-game losing streak that it stretched until the first part of May. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Royals are the sixth team in the past 67 years to drop below .500 due to a streak of 11 (or more) defeats only to return above .500 in the same season. The other teams doing it? The Red Sox of 1994, the A’s of ’78, the Cubs of ’70, the Reds of ’66 and the Phillies of ’55.