Gordon Comes Up Big in Bottom of the Ninth

The Kansas City Royals ended a five game losing skid in grand fashion on Friday night. His team behind by a score of 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Gordon hit a three run homer into the right field bullpen off Orioles closer Alfredo Simon to win the game in come from behind walk-off fashion. Prior to coming through in the ninth, Alex had previously failed to deliver with runners in scoring position on three separate occasions. But all was forgiven as he was mobbed by teammates and cheered by a crowd of twenty one thousand who sat through a light rain at Kauffman stadium, waiting and hoping for more than one kind of fireworks show.

Before Gordon’s bomb, the game looked like another loss in the making, highlighted by costly errors — a throwing error catcher Jason Kendall and a missed grounder by Wilson Betemit at third base, and missed opportunities — ten left on base and two blown leads.

Some impressions:

* Billy Butler has been missing pitches the last few weeks that he was crushing earlier in the year. But even when he’s not going that great, he’s still a potent and productive hitter. You have to believe he is going to tear up the league ala Miguel Cabrera in years to come.

* Sean O’Sullivan looks like he might be a steal. At 22, his best years are ahead.

* Wilson Betemit has been a steal. He consistently comes up big in the clutch. I hope he’s on the roster next season. He’s earned a job.

* Chris Getz should be playing second base more regularly. Mike Aviles has shown no progress at that key defensive position, and has looked about as bad as Alberto Callaspo did at second the previous two years.

Now all eyes are focused on trading news as the 4:00 PM Saturday deadline draws near. It will be interesting to see how the rumors play out, and which (if any) deals come out of the blue.

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  • Keaton Krell

    …ala Miguel Cabrera? That’s optomistic. At the same age (literally as they share the same birthday of April 18th) Miguel Cabrera went yard 34 times, drove in 119 runs, and hit at a clip of .320 for the year. Including that year, 2007, Miggy already had 138 career homeruns. If Butler hits 25 long balls this year (which will be a stretch and a career high) he’ll have 74 career homeruns.

    Here’s the thing: I want the Royals to suceed as much as anyone, but there is no need to pump sunshine about a player with upside way more similiar to Mike Sweeney than Miguel Cabrera. And frankly, if he hits as well as Sweeney then I’ll be surprised and happy. Billy is what he is, a nice player who would fit in well on a contending team. My one goal for him is that he’ll hit well enough to protect Moose and Hos in the batting order when they get the call in a year or two.

  • Tom Barkwell

    I’ll cop to being an optimist when it come to the Royals. And a dreamer. And Cabrera is a really magnificent hitter. But I honestly don’t think we’ve seen anything close to the best from Billy Butler yet. I’m looking forward to his prime years, hopefully with some other sweet swinging Royals around him.