"I've been working with [hitting coach] Dale [Sveum] the last few days trying to figure out why I've been missing some hittable pitches," Moustakas said. "Even that last at bat [a three-run homer in the ninth], I missed a 1-0 pitch.
"I think it's because I just got to my front foot too fast and that was dropping my hands a little, and I was popping stuff up."
Moustakas had not become a big video guy until this season, and the results seem obvious. He is hitting .284 with 18 homers (second best on the team) and 71 RBIs. Remember, he spent much of the season in the No. 2 spot in the order, trying to be a table-setter, or the RBI total might be higher.
Moustakas' nine-RBI day was one for the ages.
"That's a month's worth of work," teammate Eric Hosmer said, smiling. "He had guys on base and he cashed in."
Actually, Moustakas has had a better game as a pro. In 2010, while with Triple-A Omaha, he had three homers and 11 RBIs.
"I know Dice [Jarrod Dyson] remembers it because he was on base every time," Moustakas said.
The Royals' previous record was seven (done 12 times), most recently on April 7, 2013, when Billy Butler went deep for a grand slam and hit a three-run single.
This is the 36th time in recorded history that a player has recorded nine RBIs or more in a single game. Twelve players have surpassed the mark, with the record established at 12 by Jim Bottomley in 1924 and equaled by Mark Whiten in 1993.
Only two other players -- Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisnehall -- have accomplished the feat in the last five years. Encarnacion did so earlier this season on Aug. 29, going yard three times and contributing nine of the Jays' 15 runs in a win over Detroit at Rogers Centre.
Moustakas likely will remember his second career grand slam and his three-run homer in the ninth. But his appearance in the sixth inning was the key at-bat of the game at the time.