Benintendi, Barlow named Royals players of the month

Kansas City Royals' Andrew Benintendi hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball...
Kansas City Royals' Andrew Benintendi hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)(Charlie Riedel | AP)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:51 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Royals media release) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that outfielder Andrew Benintendi and right-handed pitcher Scott Barlow have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of May. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Benintendi, 26, led the team in hits (33) and batting average (.340) in the month of May, which tied for fifth and ranked third, respectively among qualified American League players. He did this while batting in five different spots in the lineup through the month, including second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh. Benintendi matched a career high with an 11-game hit streak that began on April 25 and carried into the first week of May, in which he hit .405 (17-for-42) to mark the longest hit streak by a Royal this season. On May 18 vs. Milwaukee, he hit a bases-loaded single off Devin Williams to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning en route to a 2-0 win and had a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off J.P. Feyereisen on May 26 at Tropicana Field that sent the game into extras. This is Benintendi’s first Royals Player of the Month Award.

Barlow, 28, pitched in 13 of the Royals’ 28 games last month (46.4%), two off the Major League lead. He posted a team-high five holds with a 1.50 ERA (2 ER in 12.0 IP) and .159 opponents’ average (7-for-44) and did not surrender a run over his last eight appearances in May (8.0 IP), in which he allowed just three hits in 27 at-bats. Barlow earned a win on May 19 vs. Milwaukee, recording the last two outs in the top of the seventh ahead of the Royals’ two-run rally in the bottom half. He struck out 23 batters in just 12.0 innings to mark the best K/9 (17.3) in the Majors in the month of May and the best K/9 in any calendar month in franchise history (min. 12.0 IP). This is Barlow’s first Royals Pitcher of the Month Award, and he’s the first reliever to earn the honor since Ian Kennedy in June 2019.