Jun 11, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Yordano Ventura Dominates as Royals Win 4-1


Yordano Ventura has quickly gained a reputation around baseball as one of the best young pitchers in the major leagues. He certainly continued to impress this afternoon in the Royals 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Ventura worked through some two out trouble in the top of the first, as Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis both singled. Ventura, keeping the ball down in the strikezone, got Carlos Santana to ground out to first to end the inning. Meanwhile, Indians starter Trevor Bauer was also setting down the Royals with ease through the first two innings.

That changed in the third. Mike Moustakas led off the inning with a double to deep right, and moved to third on a base hit by Alcides Escobar. Escobar moved up to second on the throw in, giving the Royals the first real threat of the game. Jarrod Dyson hit a sacrifice fly to center (you will notice a theme as the recap progresses), plating Moustakas for the first run of the game. After a base hit put runners at the corners, Omar Infante popped up to short. Normally, this would just be the second out of the game, but Escobar was head’s up on the bases. Shortstop Mike Aviles fell over catching the popup, and Escobar tagged up, scoring as the relay from Bauer sailed high.

Escobar factored into the scoring again in the fourth. With one out, Salvador Perez doubled to right, and moved to third on Moustakas’s single. Escobar hit the Royals third sacrifice fly on the day, this time to left, plating Perez as the Royals took a 3-0 lead.

Cleveland finally got to Ventura in the top of the sixth. Michael Bourn dropped down a bunt for a base hit, and moved to second on Lonnie Chisenhall‘s single. Ventura got two quick outs, but Santana singled on the first pitch of the at bat, plating Bourn to put the Indians on the board.

The Royals got that run back in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Infante and Eric Hosmer singled, bringing up Billy Butler. Keeping with the theme, Butler hit a sacrifice fly to center, plating Infante to give the Royals a 4-1 lead. Greg Holland slammed the door shut in the top of the ninth, preserving the victory for the Royals.

Yordano Ventura earned the win, allowing only the one run on six hits, striking out three. Ventura did not walk a batter, as he earned consecutive victories for the first time in his career.

Escobar was 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

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  • Stan Colbert

    This series was beautiful! Vargas is the man! Ace pitched well! I have no idea why Cain didn’t play? I guess Ned just feels better with a .300 hitter on the bench! Can this be Sveam, I hope? My God, if we can relegate Ned to copying batting orders and deciding which reliever to come in with a 3 run lead, KC could win a lot of games!

    • Ryan Caltrider

      I think Cain sat because it was a day game after a night game and he’s been fragile. So better to get him some rest, especially with an off day tomorrow. It gets him 2 days to rest. I’m not the biggest fan of Ned but I can’t fault him on this.

      • Stan Colbert

        I figured as much. I actually wish Ned would use his bench more. Hayes for Salvey, I don’t even know who the bench is. That is to much to ask, I suppose.

        • Larry Devore

          I wouldn’t use hayes for anything. He can’t hit period

          • jimfetterolf

            I keep expecting Frank Pena to get called up. Has a little pop, supposed to have a good arm.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            If Hayes had options left, I think we would have already seen Pena (other than the brief time he was up when Salvy was hurt).

          • Stan Colbert

            I am sure you have more knowledge of his career than I! He was hitting in Spring and last year at Omaha.

    • jimfetterolf

      Been assumed since the winter that Cain would be limited to about 120 games to try to keep him healthy. Dyson has good match ups with the pitcher and plays good defense, so worked exactly as planned.

  • catfishjohn

    This is starting to look like the team I expected out of the gates. My faith was quickly waning after a month and a half of very poor plate appearances–and 2+ decades of also-ran. This is what good baseball looks like. I’m enjoying the hell out of it. I hope the trend is up. Escobar played like a man today. Moose had good at-bats. We gave little away against a very tough pitcher. What’s not to like?