The Royals now have hit 48 home runs, putting them on pace for 177 this season. That would shatter the club record of 168 set in 1987.
That 1987 Royals team was led by Danny Tartabull's 34 home runs. Steve Balboni, who holds the club record for dingers in a season with 36 in '85, hit 24 in '87. Bo Jackson and George Brett hit 22 each.
This year's Royals team is led by
Salvador Perez's 11 home runs. Mike Moustakas has 10, and Brandon Moss has eight.
Perez's two-run homer
KC@MIN: Perez launches a two-run home run
Salvador Perez smashes a two-run home run to left field to give the Royals a 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning
"We're starting to get some guys heating up, too," Yost said. "Hoz [
Eric Hosmer] is coming around. Mossy is hitting."
There should be more power on the way, too.
Alex Gordon, who hit 17 home runs last season, has yet to hit one in 2017. Lorenzo Cain and Jorge Soler each have hit just one.
Bonifacio's five home runs have been an unexpected addition. And he was still beaming after hitting a home run off
Michael Pineda in his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium.
"It's a lot of fun to get that first home run at Yankee Stadium. … I feel like I'm seeing the ball pretty well right now," Bonifacio said, smiling.
But all that Royals power hasn't translated to a better offense yet. The Royals still are last in the American League in runs scored with 147.
"The only stat that matters is wins and losses," Yost said. "I don't care about the other numbers."
There is one statistic that has Yost's attention, though: On this road trip, the Royals are 1-for-30 with runners in scoring position.
"We have had opportunities," Yost said. "We just have to find a way to get guys home."
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