Billy Butler drove in seven runs and hit his first grand slam of his major league career and the Royals needed each and every one of those RBIs as they held on for 9-8 win Sunday at Philadelphia.
The Royals fought back from a 4-0 deficit Sunday, piling up a 9-4 lead, only to watch their bullpen stumble again in the ninth. With the winning run on second, Kelvin Herrera struck out Erik Kratz to end the game. The Royals bounced back from Saturday’s 4-3 loss, in which the Phillies scored three in the ninth for the victory. There are certainly some questions regarding closer Greg Holland, as the Royals finished their opening road trip 3-3.
Butler’s grand slam had to be confirmed by video replay. Butler hit a ball into the flower bed in left field at Citizens Bank Park, which is situatied just past a railing, which is above the actually home run wall. The ball bounced back onto the field of play, and third base umpire Jeff Kellogg signaled that the ball was still in play. Butler pulled up at second with what was originally ruled a double, but Yost was out to question the call. After having another look, Butler finished his trip around the bases.