We received some sad but expected news on Thursday. Alex Gordon announced his retirement. We are going to miss Alex regardless how his season has gone. The Royals will be without one of the best Royals ever. He’s not necessarily one of the best Royals players ever but he’s one of the best all-around Royals and he hit one of the most important home runs in club history in 2015. It’s going to be strange to look at left field next season and not see Alex Gordon there. Good for him getting to make the decision on when he will exit the game.
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Royals 8, Detroit 7
7:05pm – MLB – FSKC – Detroit Tigers (Spencer Turnbull, 4-3, 3.83) at Kansas City Royals (Brad Keller, 4-3, 2.77)
Royals 8, Tigers 7
Kris Bubic had his final start of the 2020 season Thursday night and it didn’t go as he wold have liked. Bubic allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. The outing raised his ERA to 4.32 on the year. That’s not a bad ERA at all for a pitcher in his first major league season. Bubic got some valuable experience and should be improved next season.
Salvador Perez got the offense started again Thursday night with another three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Perez has been on fire since he returned to the lineup.
Adalberto Mondesi was the player of the game for the Royals with his 4-for-4 game with two runs and to runs batted in. All four hits were singles. He stole two bases but was also thrown out once.
Alex Gordon was hitless in one of his final games in his long career but nobody cares.
– Alex Gordon announced his retirement at the end of the season which is Sunday. Gordon spent 14 years with the club. He struggled initially at the Major League level while playing third base. He was later demoted and then brought back up as an outfielder. He earned seven Gold Glove awards in the outfield prior to 2020. Gordon hit one of the biggest home runs in franchise history in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2015 World Series to send the game to extra innings. The Royals eventually won that game and went on to defeat the New York Meets four games to one to win their first championship since 1985.
– OF Franchy Cordero left Thursday’s game early because of leg cramps. He is expected to be able to play on Friday. Nick Heath took over in center.
– The Royals optioned RHP Scott Blewett to the alternate training site. LHP Richard Lovelady was recalled.
– Charvarius Ward and Darrel Williams were limited in practice Thursday. Sammy Watkins (concussion) and Alex Okafor (hamstring) didn’t participate. Frank Clark (illness) was a full participant after leaving Sunday’s game.
– Mike Pennel practiced on Thursday for the first time since being activated earlier in the week. Pennel missed the first two games because of a suspension.
– Missouri said today that there will be 11,700 fans at the game against Alabama on Saturday.
ROUND AND ROUND
– The Chicago Cubs are expecting that they will not be filling Wrigley Field to capacity in 2021. The teams expects to miss out on 75% of their anticipated revenue this season. That could be around $125-140 million.
– The Broncos signed QB Blake Bortles on Thursday.
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