Royals Fall Just Shy of Sweep in ClevelandFollow @RoyalsBlue_com
Kansas City fell three runs shy of sweeping the Cleveland Indians as Yordano Ventura made yet another lackluster start. In four prior starts, Ventura has showed much concern, and has only had two quality starts thus far. Yordano Ventura has not been that “ace” that everyone has dubbed him, and has been a very average pitcher.
Through the first couple of innings, it was really looking like Kansas City would get the sweep. With two on, two out, Kendrys Morales singled up the middle to score Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas. Cleveland then took the lead two innings later when Jason Kipnis smashed a three-run homer to right center field. With the Royals down by one and Lorenzo Cain on first, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run bomb to straightaway center field. The next half-inning was a rough one for Kansas City pitching. Cleveland scored on back-to-back doubles by Roberto Perez and Michael Bourn and an RBI-groundout from Jason Kipnis. Each team scored one more run, but the Indians eventually won the match.
Yordano Ventura’s final line for the day is: 5.1 innings pitched, five earned runs, one strikeout, and four walks. Ventura’s stuff this year has been, for lack of a better word, average. He now carries around a 4.94 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched. In each of his five starts, he’s exited early. Two with cramps, two with an ejection, and this one was getting away from him. Kansas City needs him to regroup if they have any shot at keeping up with their winning ways.
Hitters one through five all had hits tonight. The bottom of the order was held hitless, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Royals hitters had been squaring up Danny Salazar for a good portion of the night, but just ran into some bad luck. The only Royal with multiple hits was Mike Moustakas. Mike Moustakas is batting a hot .353 average to begin the season.
A scary situation in the 5th inning occurred when Alcides Escobar took a 96 MPH fastball off of his ear flap. Escobar was down for a few minutes before being helped off the field. Initial reports state that he has a left ear contusion and a really bad headache. Ned Yost says that the concern for a concussion is still there.
Overall, it was not a good pitching performance for anyone. Yordano Ventura went 5.1 innings while giving up five runs. Danny Salazar did one better, going six innings and allowing four runs. Franklin Morales and Ryan Madson each allowed an earned run in their 1+ innings of work. Even Cleveland closer, Cody Allen, allowed a run to score in the ninth inning.
Tomorrow begins a big series with the Detroit Tigers. Danny Duffy (1-0, 4.15 ERA) and Alfredo Simon (4-0, 1.65 ERA) will face off tomorrow. Chris Young (1-0, 1.86 ERA) is expected to make his first start of the season in replacement of the recently suspended, Edinson Volquez. Detroit will counter with Kyle Lobstein (2-1, 3.50 ERA). Edinson Volquez (2-2, 1.91 ERA) will be pushed back to Saturday against David Price (2-1, 3.48 ERA). The series finale will feature Jason Vargas (2-1, 5.95 ERA) and Anibal Sanchez (1-3, 5.46 ERA).
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