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Billy Butler, Alex Gordon power Royals to victory in dramatic fashion

May 5, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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The Royals won their fourth consecutive game this afternoon thanks to clutch hitting from Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. Trailing the White Sox 5-3 going into the ninth, the Royals were 18% to win according to FanGraphs win expectancy. It fell as low as 9% when Alcides Escobar flied out to center with runners on first and second for the second out. Butler, though, doubled to right-center, plating his team’s fourth and fifth runs to tie the game.

After Royals reliever Greg Holland retired the White Sox in short order in the top of the tenth, the offense went back to work. With two outs and Lorenzo Cain on second base, right-hander Brian Omogrosso intentionally walked the left-handed Chris Getz to bring up George Kottaras. Omogrosso couldn’t find his control as he unintentionally walked Kottaras on five pitches to bring up Alex Gordon. Gordon swung at Omogrosso’s first pitch, a 91 MPH fastball, and drove it deep to right field out of the reach of Alex Rios, plating Cain for the walk-off victory.

The win expectancy chart from FanGraphs is fun to look at:


Source: FanGraphs

  1. kcrobert10 - May 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Go royals go. Another victory today. By the way I was out at the game a lot of empty seats so royals fans young and old its time to buy in and show up. I get ur apathy we have been bad for a very long time but this time we have good pitching plus good young position players. There fun to watch, play hard all 9 and the ballpark as we all know one of the best on all of baseball.

    • captainwisdom8888 - May 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      if i was a royals fan or lived in the KC area id be there for sure. nothing is more exciting than a young up and coming team. im a phils fan, but from the outside looking in, i respect what the royals have put together this year and im happy to see them find some success

  2. normswifevera - May 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Ventura giving the free pass to Getz might have been the most baffling thing I’ve ever seen. There should be a whole separate story here devoted to it.

  3. vols84 - May 6, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I love the royals and will be out at the ballpark soon. It’s just been too cold this may. Snow in may, means super cold out at the K.

  4. blacksables - May 6, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Well, I guess it’s a good thing that Yost doesn’t look at the numbers. Given that pct, the Royals should have just walked off the field and conceded the game, since they had no chance to win according to sabermetrics.

    Of course, there is a reason that they actually play the game without the benefit of all that.

  5. lionsfan415 - May 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Congrats Royal fans seeing how your team has gotten better, but you’ll have to remain in 2nd place, we aint letting you get 1st

    • sportsdrenched - May 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      You mean get *back* to first.

  6. hojo20 - May 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    it’s been 28 years, I can’t wait to see the Royals in this year’s playoffs.

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