The final score won’t long be remembered, but for the record it was: Royals 5, Mariners 4.
It was a spring-training game last Saturday, and half of the Royals’ team was in San Antonio for a game against the Texas Rangers at the Alamodome.
The other half was at Surprise Stadium, and faced a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning. Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and Kendrys Morales had all been pulled when a group of minor-leaguers started a rally. Consecutive singles by Jorge Bonifacio, Bubba Starling and Humberto Arteaga produced a run.
After a walk by Raul Mondesi loaded the bases, Logan Moon lashed a two-run double that turned a deficit into a 4-3 lead. The Royals added another run, then held off a Mariners’ rally.
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For Moon, who grew up in Blue Springs, it was a fun moment.
“Obviously, it’s special to me because I’m from Blue Springs,” Moon said. “I grew up always wanting to be a Royal. Now I got a chance to play today and win a game and be with the big boys for the day. It was really nice.”
Moon, 24, graduated from Blue Springs South in 2010 and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Missouri Southern after spending three seasons at Central Arkansas. In his first year of rookie ball, Moon batted .332 with 10 doubles and 16 stolen bases at Burlington, N.C., and was the team’s player of the year.
Last season, Moon hit .254 at Class A Wilmington, and he relishes the opportunities to be play spring-training games with some of the players who won last year’s World Series.
What made the big hit even sweeter is that Moon knows who heard about it back home.
“I’m sure my parents were listening,” Moon said. “They listen to every game, even if I’m not playing, they’re listening. I’m sure I’ll have a couple texts from my parents when I get back to my locker.”
Moon, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound outfielder, has appeared in five spring games and hit .600 (3 for 5) with a walk and a run scored. But he realizes he’s targeted for the minor leagues again this season.
“I’m not sure where I’m going,” he said. “I try not to think about it too much. Just hit and get better everyday, and just try to get out of spring training healthy and strong and wherever I’m going, I’ll go and I’ll play hard there.”