Andrew Benintendi costs Royals three runs with mistake in KC debut
Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi. Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Andrew Benintendi’s Kansas City Royals career did not get off to the best start on Thursday.

Benintendi, who was acquired in a 3-team trade involving Boston, started in left field for Kansas City’s Opening Day game against the Texas Rangers. Texas’ first seven batters reached base as part of a five-run first.

They were up 1-0 with the bases loaded when Nate Lowe struck a ball to left field. Benintendi tried to make the diving catch for a super play, but the ball went past him for a bases-clearing double. That put Texas up 4-0.

Outfielders have a choice to make whether they will try to make the spectacular catch or play it safe and give up the base in exchange for limiting damage. Benintendi chose wrong in that instance, though he was not officially charged with an error.

Luckily for him, the game turned into a slugfest that KC won 14-10.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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