The veteran entered into a three-way tie with the Orioles' Mark Trumbo and the Mets' Yoenis Cespedes for the league lead in homers, launching a solo blast in the sixth after Melky Cabrera had blasted a grand slam a batter earlier. Frazier has gone deep eight times during May, including on three occasions in the last six games. He's done a good job of keeping his whiffs down for the most part, as his 17.5 percent strikeout rate is the best of his major league career. However, an atrocious .209 BABIP over his first 206 plate appearances in a
Cabrera helped erase what had been a 1-0 Royals lead in the top of the sixth with a one-out, 410-foot shot off Danny Duffy that plated Avisail Garcia, Dioner Navarro and Austin Jackson. It was the veteran outfielder's second consecutive game with a homer, after having been shut out in that department since April 23 versus the Rangers. The performance continued an outstanding May for the 31-year-old, who's almost doubled his April RBI total of seven while slashing .311/.367/.433 over 90 at-bats during the month.
The 32-year-old pitched well for a second consecutive outing versus a tough Royals squad, but came away without a win once again. It was Gonzalez's second straight quality start, a span in which the normally erratic right-hander has not walked a batter. His sharp work Friday kept Gonzalez's pitch count down to 80, particulary notable considering his stint on the mound was his longest of the season to date. He'll try for a victory again next Wednesday in tough matchup versus the Mets and Jacob deGrom.
The veteran outfielder was the hero on the night, as his eighth-inning RBI single plated Gordon Beckham and Freddie Freeman to snap a 2-2 tie. Markakis' multi-hit effort broke a five-game hitless streak, a dubious feat in what has been a forgettable month. The .302 average that the 32-year-old finished April with is now a distant memory, as he's slashsed just .159/.283/.207 in 82 May at-bats. Markakis' season average is down to .238, and without any long-ball contributions to speak of, he's not bringing a great deal to the table fantasy-wise at this point.
The veteran has been churning out the multi-hit efforts lately, with Friday's effort marking the third time in the last four starts that he's managed at least a pair of hits. Francoeur continues to parlay his positional versatility in the outfield to a decent amount of playing time, and is slashing a respectable .284/.315/.392 over 102 at-bats this season.