Gordon Comes Up Big in Bottom of the Ninth

By Editorial Staff

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.