Billy Butler IS capable of hitting home runs, as he absolutely destroyed a John Axford fastball for a pinch-hit two-run home run in the eighth inning that landed in the Royals Hall of Fame in left-field. The home run was just Billy's fourth of the season, but it was the third of the evening for the Royals, their first three-home run game since June 10 against Cleveland.
The Royals started the slugfest in the second when Salvador Perez launched a line drive into the left-field bleachers for his twelfth home run of the season. Mike Moustakas would follow that up with a home run of his own, a team high thirteenth of the season, for back-to-back dong shots for the Royals. The Indians would cut that lead in half in the top of the fourth when Carlos Santana deposited a Yordano Ventura fastball into deep right for a home run. But the Royals would get that run back when septugenarian Raul Ibanez of all people, blooped a ball down the right field line. Ibanez got on his motorized scooter and hustled all the way to third for a triple, scoring when the relay throw in went out of play, for a "Little League" home run.
Carlos Santana would tighten things up in the sixth with another home run, this time a two-run shot. The Indians would tie it in the seventh after a Mike Moustakas error would come around to score on some productive outs capped by a Jason Kipnis sacrifice fly. That set the stage for Billy's heroics in the eighth. With one out, Salvador Perez singled. After a Mike Moustakas pop-out, Billy Butler was summoned to pinch-hit for Raul Ibanez against the lefty Nick Hagadone. Indians manager Terry Francona countered by bringing in former closer John Axford, and the rest is history.
The Royals have a five game winning streak, and odds are, they won't lose another game the rest of the season. Buckle your seat-belt cause we're all in, and Dayton's about to make a crazy trade to give us the Plaza Parade we've been waiting for.