The last Royal to get a cycle was George Brett in 1990 against Toronto.
"I'm going to get it one of these days," Merrifield said. 'Keep getting opportunities, one of these times it will happen, I hope."
The entire bench was rooting for Merrifield to plug a gap.
"I was kind of hoping he would do it today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You get into the situation like today with the bases loaded, it's a little tougher because you know the guy is going to stop in front of you. So, I was thinking, 'Man, he's going to hit a clean double in the gap.'"
Still, it's been a terrific sophomore season for Merrifield, now hitting .296 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs to go with 19 steals, all primarily from the leadoff spot. His skill set is highly valued by the Royals.
"He's worked himself into a very nice Major League player," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Very consistent offensively. Very good defensively. Turns two nicely. Just an overall nice player. Has a little power and plays nice defense."
While Merrifield might not be well-known nationally yet, chances are he will be soon.
"He may be underappreciated nationally, but we appreciate him," catcher Drew Butera said. "He's always there giving us a good at-bat. And he comes through with the big hit."