7.) Alex Gordon Robs Mikie Mahtook
Here’s another instance of an incredible moment coming in an overall outstanding game. The Kansas City Royals jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Mikie Mahtook looked to have narrowed the deficit in the fourth. But Alex Gordon grabbed the chain link fence in left field, timed his jump perfectly and took away a three-run homer.
This play brought about one of the greatest series of photos ever. This collection is worth well over 4,000 words. Courtesy of Kansas City Star report Rustin Dodd:
To their credit, the Tigers didn’t just roll over. Detroit did end up scoring three runs in the fifth inning to get back in the game. Perez and Alcides Escobar hit solo home runs in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, to give the Kansas City Royals a 7-3 lead.
The road team needed every one of those runs as Brandon Maurer imploded in the bottom of the ninth. After getting a crucial save the day before, Maurer served up a three-run homer to Nicholas Castellanos to cut the lead to 7-6. Scott Alexander pulled off another emergency save to rescue the Royals, but the game will be remembered for Gordon’s home run robbery.
Any play that leads to the above series of reactions is worthy of a spot on this list. The fact that it came in what ended up being a one-run win solidifies its place.