Beating an All-Star is great, but losing an All-Star is worse. That is what happened to the KC Royals on Wednesday night.
The Royals beat Chris Archer and Tampa Bay, 9-5. However, they lost All-Star left fielder and Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon for the forseeable future.
How long will Gordon be out? Ned Yost was not optimistic following the game that he wouldn’t be out a while. The locker room was doom and gloom. Gordon said he felt the muscle in his groin pop.
Gordon was trying to run down a line drive hit by Logan Forsythe in the top of the fourth. Instead, his knee or ankle appeared to buckle and he crashed into the wall in a heap. Forsythe circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Gordon was carted off the field.
Gordon’ replacement in left field, Jarrod Dyson, hit his own inside-the-park home run in the sixth, a two-run job. Dyson also threw a runner out at the plate. As of right now, Yost feels fine with using a platoon of Dyson and Paulo Orlando in left field.
The Royals need to just get through Sunday before the All-Star break begins. Then they can figure out life after Gordon. As much as I am praying for a speedy recovery, the Royals were going to have to figure out life without Gordon maybe as early as this offseason.
Jeremy Guthrie earned the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and four walks in six innings. Things got ugly in the ninth, as supposed Saturday starter Joe Blanton was called on to get the final three outs.
Blanton got one out, but allowed three runs. One run scored on a solo homer. However, closer Greg Holland allowed two of the runs to score before finally get two outs and the save.
Remember when Blanton was SO good? Unfortunately, the league has caught up to him.
Chris Young is now the Saturday starter.