It had to happen. Eric Hosmer had to eventually knock one out of the park. Heck, even Chris Getz has a home run for goodness sake! Thursday, during the Kansas City Royals’ (18-13) over the Baltimore Orioles (21-14), several of their key components went deep, including Hosmer, who hit a rope to the opposite field for his initial long ball of the 2013 campaign.
On the Mound
Jeremy Guthrie once again did his job. Despite not having his best stuff, as evident in his 7 hits allowed and 3 issued walks, he still gutted his way through, surrendering 2 runs (1 unearned) in six scrappy innings. Guthrie notched his 5th win of the year. Three relievers combined to only allow 1 base runner in the final three frames to secure the victory.
At the Plate
Ned Yost fiddled with the line-up a bit, most importantly, moving Alex Gordon down from the lead off spot to third. Gordon responded by going 2-4 with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 batted in. Eric Hosmer finally jacked his first homer of the season and Mike Moustakas pounded out his third. On the flip side, moving Alcides Escobar to lead off did not pay dividends as he went 0-5. Jeff Francoeur and Chris Getz combined to go 1-8 in the contest.
This and That
Alex Gordon has hit a round tripper in each of his last 3 games, the first time in his career he has accomplished this feat.
Jeremy Guthrie has not lost in his last 18 starts.
The Royals traded minor league infielder Brandon Wood to the Orioles for cash.
Johnny Giavotello has played third base the last two nights for Omaha.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Once again, Alex Gordon was the man. He was put into a prime run producing spot in the line up and he produced. What a concept. He is on a power hot streak; let’s hope he continues with his All-Star caliber play.
- James Shields – 3
- Alex Gordon – 6
- Wade Davis – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Luis Mendoza
- Billy Butler – 2
- Ervin Santana – 3
- Miguel Tejada
- Jeremy Guthrie -3
- Eric Hosmer
- Chris Getz
- Mike Moustakas - 3
- Aaron Crow
Chris Davis hit is 10th homer of 2013. Nolan Reimhold is struggling to the tune of a .186 average. The Orioles are in second in the AL East by half a game.
AL Central Notes
Only 2.5 games separate the first place Tigers and the 4th place Twins in a very tight divisional race right now. Only the White Sox are not over .500. Detroit has a big weekend series against the Indians, who trail by just one game.
Cleveland Indians (18-14): Scott Kazmir continues his comeback effort as won his 2nd game last night. He allowed one run in 6 innings, giving up just 5 hits and no walks. He struck out 10 on the night. Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds homered in the 9-2 win against the Athletics.
Minnesota Twins (16-15): Kevin Correia won his 4th game on Thursday with a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox. He have up 9 hits in 5.1 innings but only 3 runs. Oswaldo Arcia hit a home run, scored twice and drove in 2.