Alex Gordon keeps doing his job for the Kansas City Royals. It’s too bad the other Royal players aren’t doing their jobs. Gordon belted a grand slam home run on Tuesday but it wasn’t enough in a 6-5 loss to the first-place Cleveland Indians in an American League Central Division battle.
Gordon plays outfield for the Royals, but he doesn’t pitch. Perhaps he should. The Royals allowed eight walks against the Indians in losing this game. That’s too bad because a grand slam home run on one side should not be overshadowed by eight walks from the other side. But in Kansas City’s case, it was.
Gordon continues to have a fine season. He’s hitting the ball very well and gettiing key hits. He’s sparking the Royals at the plate. Right now, he’s hitting .288, which is above his .271 career rate. He’s at eight home runs and 46 RBIs. With a .421 slugging percentage, he’s able to collect those extra base hits. Of his 91 hits this season, 24 are for more than a single.
That’s why Tuesday’s grand slam was a big deal for Gordon and the Royals against a streaking Cleveland team. It’s too bad Gordon’s home run couldn’t hold. He’s been coming through for his team in fine fashion. It’s too bad the pitching staff isn’t following suit.
In his last 10 games, Gordon is hitting .286. No one has been playing steadier for the Royals than Gordon. It’s been a good first half for him, but for his team’s sake, it wouldn’t hurt for him to get even better.