Stat of the Day: Another assist for Taylor

September 19th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Royals this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Sept. 19: Royals 7, Mariners 1 -- Taylor leads in assists
It was an interesting choice for the Mariners' Jake Fraley to run on Michael A. Taylor in the fifth inning, when he tagged up and tried to advance on Jake Bauers' flyout. Instead, Taylor recorded his 11th outfield assist of the season, giving him four more than any other center fielder in the Majors and the most by a Royals center fielder since Melky Cabrera had 12 in 2011.

Sept. 18: Royals 8, Mariners 1 -- Lopez stretches streak
Nicky Lopez's infield single in the fourth inning -- as part of his 2-for-5 night -- extended his career-best on-base streak to 27 games since Aug. 21. In that span, he's hitting .377 (43-for-114). Lopez's on-base streak is the longest by a Royals player since Whit Merrifield's franchise-record 31-game hit streak from Sept. 10, 2018, to April 10, 2019.

Sept. 17: Mariners 6, Royals 2 -- Dozier heating up
Hunter Dozier's opposite-field home run in the bottom of the seventh inning brought his average to .321 over his last eight games since Sept. 1, a stretch that comes on the heels of a .140 skid in his previous 15 games. Eight of Dozier's last nine hits have gone for extra bases, including five doubles and three home runs. Of his 13 home runs this season, eight have come at Kauffman Stadium and five have come in the seventh inning or later.

Sept. 16: Athletics 7, Royals 2 -- Isbel's 4-star catch
Kyle Isbel hasn't had many chances in Kauffman Stadium's expansive center field yet, but he's made the most of his few opportunities. On Chad Pinder's long fly ball to the right-center-field wall in the second inning, Isbel made a four-star catch. With a catch probability of 35 percent, Isbel had 6.4 seconds to go 121 feet, reaching a sprint speed of 28.3 feet per second, according to Statcast. Isbel is filling in for Michael A. Taylor, who is on the family medical emergency list, and has looked comfortable in center.

Sept. 15: Athletics 12, Royals 10 -- Benintendi's 5-hit hat trick
Andrew Benintendi's five hits against the A's matched a career high for the outfielder, a feat he previously accomplished on April 13, 2017, and July 4, 2017, while with Boston. He became the first Royal with a five-hit game since Whit Merrifield on July 8, 2018, and in his past seven games, he's batting .613 (19-for-31) with 17 RBIs (stats that helped him win AL Player of the Week honors). His 19 hits in that span are the most by a Royal in a seven-game span since Johnny Damon had 19 from July 16-22, 2000.

Sept. 14: Royals 10, Athletics 7 -- Happy birthday, indeed!
Jake Brentz came in to record a scoreless sixth inning in the Royals' win over the A's, earning his fifth win of the season in the process. It was his 27th birthday, making Brentz the third Royal to pitch on his birthday this season. He joined reliever Domingo Tapia on Aug. 4 (his 30th birthday) in Chicago against the White Sox and starter Brad Keller on July 27 (his 26th birthday) at home vs. the White Sox. Brentz is the the seventh Royals pitcher -- and fourth reliever -- in 53 seasons to earn a win on his birthday, and the first since Foster Griffin on July 27, 2020, at Detroit.

Sept. 12: Royals 5, Twins 3 -- Benintendi a road warrior
Andrew Benintendi, who has been on a tear all week during the Royals' seven-game road trip through Baltimore and Minnesota, recorded the fourth multihit effort in his last five games. He finished the week 14-for-29 with six extra-base hits. His sacrifice fly in the ninth inning marked his 14th RBI of the road trip, which matches the franchise record for most RBIs on a road trip of seven games or fewer, according to Royals PR. Jeff King had 14 RBIs on a seven-game trip in 1997, and Kendrys Morales had 14 on a six-game trip in 2016.

Sept. 11: Twins 9, Royals 2 -- Benny booming on road trip
There is no stopping Andrew Benintendi at Target Field. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI single on Saturday night, marking his sixth RBI of the series and 13th of the road trip. In the first six games of the seven-game road trip, Benintendi is hitting 12-for-24 (.500) with six extra-base hits (three doubles and three homers), four runs scored and four multi-hit efforts.

Sept. 10: Royals 6, Twins 4 -- Nicky's streak lives on
Nicky Lopez has done it all lately for the Royals, and Friday night was no different. The shortstop made a couple of key defensive plays, including snagging a line drive that would have been the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Twins, and laid it out offensively. He extended his career-best on-base streak to 20 games with a one-out double in the first inning. His 20-game on-base streak is the longest by a Royal since Jorge Soler’s 25-game run from Sept. 14, 2019-Aug. 3, 2020. Lopez also extended his hitting streak to seven games, a stretch in which he's hitting .438 (14-for-32).

Sept. 9: Royals 6, Orioles 0 -- Alberto's first with two walks
Hanser Alberto walked in his first two plate appearances in the series finale. In his 373rd career game, the pair of walks, one in the second inning and one in the fifth, marked his first career multi-walk game.

Sept. 8: Orioles 9, Royals 8 -- Whit is KC's running man
Whit Merrifield stole his 40th base of the season, swiping third for an MLB-best 16th time this season and scoring on a throwing error after hitting a double in the third inning. He is the fourth in franchise history with multiple 40-plus stolen bases in a season (he had 45 in 2018) and it marks the 24th season a Royal has recorded at least 40 steals.

Sept. 7: Orioles 7, Royals 3 -- Lopez keeps rolling
With a single in the first inning, Nicky Lopez extended his on-base streak to a career-high 17 games dating to Aug. 21. Lopez, who added an RBI single in the third, is tied with Carlos Santana (May 6-25) for the longest such streak by a Royals hitter this season.

Sept. 6: Royals 3, Orioles 2 -- Mondesi snags two ... again!
After entering in the ninth inning as a pinch-runner, Adalberto Mondesi stole second, then stole third for his sixth and seventh stolen bases of the year. The performance marked his 25th career game with multiple stolen bases and his second in as many days, making him the first Royal with multiple stolen bases in consecutive games since he last did it on Sept. 24-25, 2020. He owns each of the last three such instances by Kansas City baserunners. It was also Mondesi's career-high fourth straight game with at least one stolen base.

Sept. 5: Royals 6, White Sox 0 -- Royals vs. first-place teams
The Royals don't have the kind of overall record they want this season, at 61-75 after Sunday's win, but they've performed well against good teams all season long. Sunday's victory brought them to 20-16 against division leaders this season, breaking a tie with the Yankees (19-13) for the most such wins in the Majors. They've beat the AL Central-leading White Sox 10 times, the most wins against Chicago by any team in the Majors.

Sept. 4: White Sox 10, Royals 7 -- Santana snaps HR skid
Carlos Santana has been mired in a tough slump at the plate recently, but perhaps his solo home run on Saturday is a sign of things to come. The rocket of a homer in the sixth inning was his first dinger since July 24 against the Tigers, snapping a drought of 130 at-bats and 34 games. That's the second-longest skid of his career, trailing a 40-game stretch from May 16-July 17, 2012.

Sept. 3: Royals 7, White Sox 2 -- Salvy moving up hits list
With two hits on Friday night against the White Sox, Salvador Perez first matched and then passed his former teammate Eric Hosmer for 10th all-time in Royals history for hits. Perez's single in the fifth inning was his 1,133rd career base hit (all with the Royals). Next on the list for Perez to catch is Alcides Escobar, who had 1,208 hits for the Royals from 2011-18.

Sept. 2: Indians 4, Royals 2 -- Royals can't solve Cleveland
The Royals were swept for the 11th time this season with Thursday's loss to Cleveland, which has had Kansas City's number all season. It was the Royals' 11th consecutive loss to their American League Central foe, their longest such skid vs. Cleveland in franchise history. It's their longest losing streak against one opponent since losing 12 straight against Texas from July 23, 2016 to July 15, 2017. They also dropped to 2-15 in their last 17 games at Kauffman Stadium against the Indians since July 2019.

Sept. 1: Indians 5, Royals 3 (11) -- Mondi has power, wheels
Adalberto Mondesi returned to the Royals' lineup following a lengthy stint on the IL, and did so in style. Mondesi singled in his first at-bat, later stealing third and coming in to score on an errant throw. In his next trip to the plate, Mondesi cranked a towering solo homer to center field, marking his first homer in 75 days, but just two games. His performance moved him into fourth place on the Royals' all-time list of most games with a homer and steal with 15, trailing Carlos Beltrán (25), Amos Otis (21) and George Brett (16). Mondesi is also second in MLB for most games with a homer and steal since 2018 at 14, trailing only Christian Yelich (16).