Is anyone in Kansas City not red hot? Royals backup catcher smashes two homers off the bench
Royals backup catch smashes two HR
Everything is going the Royals' way right now. Down four games in the AL Central at the start of August, Kansas City has won 14 of its last 17 contests and now leads the division by two games.Nearly the entire team has gotten hot along the way. Nori Aoki and Jarrod Dyson have each stolen six bases since Aug. 1. Billy Butler is hitting .358 in the same span and Alex Gordon has already launched four home runs.
On Monday night, the Royals got an unexpected contribution from backup catcher Erik Kratz. Kratz, who made his big league debut as a 30-year-old with the Pirates in 2010, wasn't even supposed to play against the Twins. But when All-Star and team HR leader Salvador Perez left the game with an injury (after already collecting two hits and two RBI, natch), all Kratz did was crack two home runs.
His first in the 7th inning came off Anthony Swarzak:
And then he added some insurance in the 9th off of Ryan Pressly:
Now we'll need to start coming up with home run calls for the backup catcher. My three nominations:
- Make way, here comes the Kratz machine.
- Holy Kratz! That's gone and it's not coming back!
- Grab some new pants because this Kratz is going out!
For those wondering, it was only the 7th time in baseball history that a pinch hitter who later played catcher hit two home runs in a game. Brian McCann did it last in 2011.
With Salvador Perez expected to be back in tonight's lineup, Kratz will return to the bench - meaning he's a threat to pinch-hit at any time once again.