After struggling throughout spring training at the plate, Alex Gordon is suddenly one of the hottest hitters in baseball. His three hits and 6 RBI on on Saturday powered the Kansas City Royals to a 19-7 blitzing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gordon, who raised his spring average to .333, hit a no-doubt three run home run in the seventh inning that no doubt put the game out of reach as the Royals improved to 10-5-1, while the Dodgers feel to 5-11 thus far.
Gordon wasn't the only Royals to take part in the hit smorgasbord, as the Royals totaled 20 hits on the afternoon, including home runs by Clint Robinson, Manny Pina, and Gordon. Irving Falu, Billy Butler, Robinson, Melky Cabera, Gordon, and Brayan Pena all had multiple hits for Kansas City, with Robinson, Cabrera, and Gordon all having at least 3 RBI.
Los Angeles scored two runs in the top of the first off Royals starter Sean O'Sullivan, however the Royals answered with two, and then four in the third, and a six running fourth inning that opened the floodgates and the rout was on. O'Sullivan threw three and a third innings for Kansas City, giving up three runs (two earned), on six hits. His spring ERA is 3.24.
Luis Mendoza, Joakim Soria, Danny Duffy, and Kanekoa Texeira all pitched in relief for Kansas City. Mendoza and Soria didn't allow any runs, while Texeira allowed one, and Duffy allowed three in two innings of work. Mendoza has been nearly perfect for the Royals so far in the spring season, only giving up one hit and allowing no runs in five outings.
The Royals will take to the field tomorrow to face the Milwaukee Brewers, with Kyle Davies getting the start for Kansas City.
Yesterday's complete box score can be found here.