KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson remembers every grand slam he's hit in his professional career. The list isn't very long.Dyson said the only slam he'd ever hit before Monday night's 7-3 win over the Indians was at the Triple-A level. Now he has another to add to the
KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson remembers every grand slam he's hit in his professional career. The list isn't very long.
Dyson said the only slam he'd ever hit before Monday night's 7-3 win over the Indians was at the Triple-A level. Now he has another to add to the list.
As the Royals' offense came to life in a seven-run eighth inning, Dyson stood at the plate with the bases loaded and two out. It took all of one pitch for him to quickly reshape the game, as his jack to right field put the Royals up 7-2.
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"I'm not even a home-run hitter, I'm just a lucky guy right now," Dyson joked. "It [was] an accident. I don't do that on the regular."
Whether or not Dyson's shot was an accident, what the Royals' offense pulled off in the eighth wasn't. A couple of singles to start off the inning opened the door for pinch-hitter Christian Colón, who hit a two-run double to tie it at 2. Colon squared to bunt, but pulled the bat back and swung away on the drive to deep center off reliever Bryan Shaw.
"[The count] got to 2-0 and I was like, 'Man, slash right here,'" manager Ned Yost said. "He did it to perfection. He drove it deep."
Colon was thrown out trying for a triple, but the Royals took the lead shortly after. After the second out of the inning, Alex Gordon walked and eventually scored from second on a go-ahead single by Paulo Orlando off Jeff Manship.
The Royals kept the line moving as Whit Merrifield drew a walk, all leading up to Dyson's first career grand slam in the Majors.
"We have to play aggressive. We have to just make things happen," Colon said. "That's what makes this ballclub so good ... we don't play scared."
And while Dyson brushed off the accomplishment, Yost said he doesn't think Dyson gets enough credit, not only with his bat, but with his arm as well.
"He's got deceiving power," Yost said. [It's] because he's a little guy, but he's a strong little guy."
Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.