Jun 26, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielderAlex Gordon
(4) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the third inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Just let that image of Alex Gordon sink in… he basically owned the Braves and this picture sums that up beautifully.
Here is the aftermath of last nights game via twitter:
Needless to say, Braves fans were upset with Fredi Gonzalez after the loss to the Royals.
He left Gerald Laird in the game while a perfectly fine Brian McCann sat on the bench, he didn’t use Craig Kimbrel (most likely because it wasn’t a “save” situation), and he also chose not to intentionally walk Alex Gordon in the bottom of the tenth when he came up with one out and a runner on second.
At the time, Gordon already had two hits, including a homer to lead off the game.
Either way, the Braves still didn’t played that well, going 2-9 with runners in scoring position, and really blowing some opportunities to drive in some runs. They didn’t score in the second with the bases loaded and just one out and in the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman led off with a walk only to watch Gerald Laird, BJ Upton, and Dan Uggla fail to do anything.
Mike Minor also had another meh start… He went six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out four. Like I seem to say all the time, you really can’t be upset with an outing like that. He put the team in a situation to win but the hitters and manager decided not to act upon the opportunity. Frankly it’s getting a bit old writing that. When can the team just explode for some runs?
Nothing too exciting to report offensively, of course. Chris Johnson was the only Brave to record multiple hits, but they were useless down in the seven hole. I’m really not sure why both Gerald Laird and Dan Uggla are in front of CJ 2.0 at this point in the season but whatever.
Also, make sure you keep an eye on Jordan Schafer because he came out of the game with an ankle injury. He fouled a ball off of the inside of his right foot and was clearly limping around in the field afterwards. Let’s hope it isn’t anything too serious, we already have enough issues to deal with.
The team has an off day tomorrow, thank the lord. They will be back in action Friday in Arizona, to start a series against the Diamondbacks. Game starts at 7:30.