The KC Royals didn’t have a dominating offense in 2019. But, in an early May day game, the club exploded. Alex Gordon led the way.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 marked the 34th game of the season for the KC Royals. Their losing ways already established, the Royals were in last place and had lost twice as many games as they’d won. The club was averaging less than 4½ runs per game and had scored in double-digits once. The offense wasn’t a disaster, but it left much to be desired.
Then came a Royal explosion on a cool, cloudy Detroit day.
The Royals, fresh from a heartbreaking one-run loss to Detroit the night before — they stranded the tying run in scoring position in the 9th — mauled Tigers’ starter Tyson Ross for five runs in the first 1.1 innings of the contest. Kansas City led 7-2 after three innings and made it 9-2 after five.
A victory seemingly safe, the Royals wanted more…and they got it. KC batted around and sent 11 men to the plate in the eighth to score another six runs and stretch their lead to 15-2. The outburst extinguished any doubt about the outcome and capped what would prove to be the club’s biggest offensive output of the season.
Although Kelvin Gutierrez had four hits to lead KC, it was the rejuvenated Alex Gordon who provided most of the Royals’ punch. On his way to atoning for his disappointing recent seasons, Gordon went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .299, smashed a two-run homer to deep left, and drove in five runs and scored two.
Newcomer Homer Bailey notched his third win with a decent six-inning start and the bullpen, which would become a KC sore spot as the season went on, gave up only a run. Offensive fireworks and solid pitching made this game one of KC’s best May moments.