How good has the left fielder been for the Kansas City Royals, Andrew Benintendi, in your last seven games? Well, last Wednesday he got a hit in a game on September 8th. That may sound confusing, but there is a simple explanation.
Major League Baseball made a scoring change that converted a fielder’s choice (filled ball) producing run runs against the Baltimore Orioles on September 8, modifying it into an RBI single by Benintendi:
That means Benintendi had a four-hitter against the Orioles, the third time in his last seven games that he had four or more hits. That includes five singles and four RBIs Wednesday in the Royals’ 12-10 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium.
Benintendi has been doing that. In his last seven games, he is hitting .613 with 19 hits in 31 at-bats. He has three doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs. The last major league player with 19 hits and 17 RBIs in a seven-game stretch: the second baseman of the Red Sox Hall of Fame Bobby Doerr in 1950.
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Royals postgame notes say Benintendi’s 19 hits are the most by a Royals player in a seven-game span since Johnny Damon was 19 from July 16-22, 2000. Benintendi is just the Royals’ second player with 17 RBIs in seven games. Raúl Ibañez, was 17 from July 14 to 19, 2002.