I'll be honest. It didn't look good there for awhile. Danny Duffy had pitched fairly well in 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 run, but Ricky Nolasco was making the Royals look pretty bad.
Then, with one swing of the bat, everything changed. Royals Twitter was running amok with many predicting an apocalyptic collapse. Our sun burnt out. Food stores emptying. The Royals losing three in a row with Detroit smelling blood. Alex Gordon, MVP candidate, reversed the fortunes of the Royals and the universe.
After an Alcides Escobar single in the bottom of the 9th inning, Gordon came up to bat against Glen Perkins, one of the best closers in baseball. The offense had been lifeless all night. Perkins then hung a slider over the plate, and Gordon punished it.
Two runs scored, and that was all that was needed to change the course of history. So many people felt like this was the return of the Royals of yore. "They'll go on a 4-17 run here, you just watch" said they.
Gordon, the Nebraska boy and our summer hero, said no. The Royals would not be gluttons for punishment as they were to enter the 3rd game of a losing streak. Gordon pulled the team out.
The sun is still there. There is no black hole about to swallow us into oblivion. Alex Gordon has saved us all.