The Royals set a franchise home-run record in the second inning Wednesday night. It was not the one you have been waiting for.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez clubbed a solo shot to left-center field against Tigers starter Matt Boyd, notching the club’s 169th homer of the season. The blast set a team record for a single season, surpassing the old mark of 168, set in 1987.
Perez collected his own career high in the process, recording his 23rd homer of the year. Third baseman Mike Moustakas remained one homer away from breaking Steve Balboni’s mark of 36 homers in one season.
The franchise record comes amid a surge of power all across baseball. As games began on Wednesday, clubs had tallied more than 5,200 homers. The sport remained on pace to shatter the all-time mark of 5,693 homers in one season, set in 2000, during the height of the so-called Steroid Era. For context, the Royals’ 168 homers was tied with Miami for the 18th most in baseball.