Alex Gordon ended the Kansas City Royals‘ homerless streak to start the season at seven games, and he did in it rather impressive fashion.
In a series between the Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays, which felt an awful lot like an October preview of a possible ALCS matchup, Gordon helped his team to a series win by bashing a three run home run that gave Kansas City a 7-1 lead.
Considering how offensively challenged Kansas City has been to open the year, it was truly a welcomed site. Together, with an RBI single earlier in the game, Gordon played the hero for a team that has been looking for someone to step up at the plate in the early going.
The former Nebraska Cornhusker‘s four RBIs today brought his team leading season total to nine. More importantly, Gordon looked confident at the plate in a way he hadn’t through his team’s first seven contests. Gordon managed to raise his season average from .231 coming into the game to .276 after the victory.
The left fielder has seen a bit of a change this year, as he’s been moved down in the order in an attempt to do exactly what he did this afternoon. Gordon has spent the last few seasons usually batting at or near the top of the order.
The biggest benefactor on the Royals of Gordon’s big day was starting pitcher Jeremy Guthri, who improved to 2-0 thanks to the run support and seven innings of four hit, one run baseball. Guthrie has found a way to resurrect a once flagging career since coming to Kansas City. In 2013, the curveball specialist led the team with 15 wins.
Former Royal and current Ray Jake Odorizzi was the victim of the offensive explosion, going just five innings while allowing 10 hits and all seven runs. On Kansas City’s side, Kelvin Herrera struggled to close out the 7-3 contest, allowing three hits and two runs in the ninth inning.