Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Royals Tame Tigers Behind Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer's Defense

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Royals Tame Tigers Behind Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer's Defense

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals don't have many big innings. They're just not built that way offensively.

On defense, however, the Royals can play with anyone. And on most nights, they can outplay anyone. Thursday's series finale against Detroit was another prime example of that.

The Royals had a big inning in the fourth but won 4-0 at Kauffman Stadium not on the strength of their offense but by the strength of their defense. More specifically, the defense of Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer.

Both Gordon and Hosmer showed off their defensive prowess throughout, each making sliding catches, while Gordon also threw out a runner.

In the fourth, Gordon's diving catch on the warning track in left- center field robbed Justin Upton of extra bases. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and everyone in the Royals dugout took their hats off and gave homage to yet another web gem by the four-time Gold Glove winner.

"I was telling a lot of the guys that was the best catch I've ever seen him make," Hosmer said. "The amount of distance he covered for that and he was full extension. That's pretty much all you can ask for right there."

Gordon, who is known for his work ethic, did not bounce back up immediately, making for a few tense moments. The spot where Gordon lay was close to where he injured his groin last summer and missed about two months. But Gordon eventually got to a knee and stood tall, hearing the cheers from the hometown crowd.

An inning earlier, Gordon showed off his arm, throwing out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias, who tried to advance to third on a single to left. Bad idea.

"I was surprised on that one," said third baseman Mike Moustakas. "The ball was right at him, and he's a four-time Gold Glover. I was just happy it was him out there and all I had to do was catch it."

Hosmer's sliding catch came in the fifth. With one out and Iglesias at the plate, Volquez (3-0) threw a 93 mph fastball in on his hands. Hosmer ran to his right, crossed the white stripe and went all out.

Detroit first base coach Omar Vizquel backpedaled a few steps, only to watch Hosmer make the snaring grab just a few feet away. …

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