KANSAS CITY — On Aug. 10, 2011, Salvador Perez arrived with authority in his Main League debut, collecting his first hit and RBI while deciding on off two runners in opposition to Tampa Bay.
Ten years later, he’s restful making a splash.
The historical catcher homered twice at some stage in a 3-hit evening in the Royals’ 8-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday evening at Kauffman Stadium. Not only did the evening commemorate Perez’s anniversary, the homers had been his 28th and 29th of the season — a career easiest after two seasons (2017 and ’18) of 27 homers.
One evening after a wild, back-and-forth, 11-inning Royals loss in the opener, the golf equipment traded runs at some stage in Tuesday evening sooner than Kansas City went forward for factual in the sixth.
Perez kicked off his anniversary sport with a first-pitch homer in the first inning — a projected 418-foot shot into the fountains at The K. His second spherical-tripper off Yankees starter Nestor Cortes came shortly after Perez wished trainer Gash Kenny to aid him acquire something out of his undercover agent in the end of the sixth inning.
Perez seen the curveball Cortes threw him to e-book off the bottom of the frame factual graceful, belting a moonshot into the Yankees’ bullpen to tie the game sooner than the Royals went forward for factual on Hunter Dozier’s double. Tuesday changed into Perez’s 10th multi-homer sport in his career — on the 10-year anniversary of his debut — and fourth this season.
The offense backed up Daniel Lynch’s 4 2/3-inning delivery actual thru which he threw 100 pitches however struck out six. Reliever Josh Staumont changed into filthy for 1 1/3 innings, desiring factual 15 pitches (11 strikes), and Wade Davis and Scott Barlow locked it down in the eighth and ninth with back-to-back nine-pitch frames.
Perez has been one of many Royals’ most risky hitters for a decade and their savvy leader behind the plate, first guiding Kansas City to back-to-back World Sequence journeys and now thru a rebuild with talented young pitchers establishing themselves in the Majors this season. And he wants to be a Royal for life. Perez signed a $82 million extension in the spring that can pick him in Kansas City thru no longer lower than 2025 with a club option for ’26.
The seven-time All-Well-known particular person debuted at 21 years feeble and appears to be like to pick out getting higher at 31. The homers moreover set up him at 72 RBIs this season, eight nervous of matching his career excessive (80 in 2017 and ’18).
Perez overlooked his first sport of the season on Friday — 107 video games into the normal season — in St. Louis thanks to a non-COVID illness, and despite slotting back into the lineup the next evening, he hadn’t been feeling smartly since. He restful managed to be productive: On Monday in opposition to the Yankees, Perez changed into on immoral four cases with a single, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.