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Statcast shows Alex Gordon ran 122 feet to make his amazing catch

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon showed the ball in the glove as center fielder Lorenzo Cain signaled an out on Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton during Thursday’s game.
Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon showed the ball in the glove as center fielder Lorenzo Cain signaled an out on Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton during Thursday’s game. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The Royals haven’t played 10 percent of their regular-season games, but we’ve already seen a large number of great defensive plays this season.

From Mike Moustakas’ faceplant on a grab to Alcides Escobar’s double play to Lorenzo Cain’s stunning catch, there has been no shortage of wonderful defensive plays.

There was another one on Thursday as Alex Gordon made a stunning grab in the Royals’ 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.

The wonderful folks at Statcast broke down the particulars of the play, and it shows just how wonderful the play was on a ball hit by Justin Upton:

Gordon ran 122.6 feet to make the catch before hitting the warning track. Royals fan Mandy Myers shared this great photo on Twitter:

This is a very, very small sampling of what other Royals fans thought of Mr. Gordon:

Mike Moustakas hit his fifth homer on Thursday in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers. He's on pace for the most homers of his career.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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