Tim Brown of Shawnee has a new favorite Royals player.
Royals rookie Cam Gallagher clubbed a grand slam in the sixth inning on Monday against the A’s, triggering a $25,000 prize for Brown as part of the club’s Sonic Slam inning contest.
Gallagher provided the first grand slam in the Sonic Slam inning since Lorenzo Cain in 2013. It was just the third such homer since 2004. The rookie catcher had never heard of the contest.
“I didn’t hear of it that inning,” he said. “I came off the field playing defense the next inning and Drew (Butera) came in and he told me that I won some guy 25 grand. I thought he was joking.”
In a 6-2 victory over the A’s, the homer gave the Royals a 6-1 lead as they opened a three-game series at the Oakland Coliseum. Gallagher recorded his first career homer while notching his second major-league hit.