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Always be prepared: Royals backup catcher hits two homers off the bench

Aug 19, 2014, 8:54 AM EST

Erik Kratz Reuters

The fates are smiling on the Kansas City Royals these days. In addition to winning like crazy and taking over first place in the AL Central, they’re doing just fine even if key players go down.

Last night catcher Salvador Perez left the game in the seventh inning with right knee discomfort. That’s a bad thing. But then backup Erik Kratz entered the game and hit two solo home runs in his only two plate appearances.  The first home run extended the Royals’ lead to 4-0 in the seventh, and his second came in the ninth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Which was necessary, as the Twins mounted a mini-rally in the ninth, falling short.

After the game, Kratz had this to say:

“You put your work in before the game as a bench guy to be ready to go in,” Kratz said. “Some people could say well, Salvi plays every day, so why not take a day off? In my opinion, what’s the point of taking a day off if that might be the day you come in and play?”

While this runs somewhat counter to one of my own favorite dynamics in life — sometimes being utterly unprepared is totally thrilling — it is probably the better approach to take.

Meanwhile, Perez’s removal from the game is said to be precautionary. He’s day-to-day.

  1. blogtendi - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Reblogged this on BLOGTENDI.

  2. chadjones27 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Good job, Turkey Bacon!

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Kratzy might not even hit for OBP or average but on the rare but awesome occasion he can hit the hell out of a baseball.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      He’s a officially a Royal now. He has a Y attached to the end of his name.

      • Bryz - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        That’s not just a Royal thing, Gardy does the same thing for the Twins.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I am happy to see the Royals playing good baseball and I hope it continues throughout the remainder of the year. In my opinion, the game of baseball is better when the Kansas City Royals are playing well.

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      I agree, with qualifications.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        I hear you. Lol@
        But (in fairness) you guys have been more competitive.

  5. chew1985 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    More revenge for Mike Arbuckle (and Kratz also) against the Phillies…lol.

  6. eutawmike - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Doc Ellis was more than ready to go!

  7. tjwilliams - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Pretty cool, though not as cool as Tom Prince, who in his 17-year career as a backup catcher hit 24 homers, six of which came in multi-homer games.

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