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Salvador Perez had arguably the catch of the season for the Royals on Thursday

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez ran down a pop foul ball for an out on Detroit Tigers’ Andrew Romine in front of manager Brad Ausmus and bench coach Gene Lamont to end the top of the fifth inning.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez ran down a pop foul ball for an out on Detroit Tigers’ Andrew Romine in front of manager Brad Ausmus and bench coach Gene Lamont to end the top of the fifth inning. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The Royals’ 2015 highlight DVD is going to be like three hours long.

Every night it seems like there are one or two defensive superlatives. On Thursday night, the Royals’ offense pounded out 20 hits that led to 15 runs, but you could make the case that the defense was even more impressive.

Case in point: Catcher Salvador Perez’s remarkable catch.

The Star’s John Sleezer, the greatest baseball photographer working today, got a great view of the fans and Tigers dugout watching the catch:

And yet, Perez’s catch wasn’t even one of the plays that was broken down by MLB.com’s Statcast. Lorenzo Cain’s catch in the fourth inning (Chris Young saw some great plays made while he was on the mound):

And Christian Colon’s wonderful throw from deep short also was broken down by Statcast:

All in all, it was a heck of a night for the Royals.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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