CHICAGO – White Sox starter Lucas Giolito threw a fastball high in the zone, near the top, in the third inning on Wednesday night against Salvador Perez, something Perez often advises pitchers not to because he has a tendency to fastballs in the Zone.
Perez dragged it to left field and watched it land in the stands for the # 27 homerun that season for the royals catcher – a career high for a single season home run.
And it’s only the beginning of August.
Perez’s two-run shot was part of an offensive attack in the Royals 9-1 win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday the night of the series, breaking off their four-game losing streak with four homers in four different innings – after only scoring had scored two runs to 12 hits in their last three games.
Perez has played 27 times in 106 games this season, the career high he set in 129 games in 2017 and ’18. It also sets the club record for most home runs by a catcher, which he has also set in these two years, and he is certainly well on his way to breaking this and a few more games with 56 games and two months to go .
The Royals beat Giolito for four innings, distributing eight hits and six runs to homers by Perez, Edward Olivares and Michael A. Taylor. Ryan O’Hearn added a double homer in the seventh round of the White Sox bullpen.
The offensive outburst gave Carlos Hernández another solid start in his second straight game against the White Sox. After throwing six goalless innings against her last week, the right-handed kept her on a run – José Abreus Homer in the fourth – and two hits in five innings on Wednesday.