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Royals offense fails Yordano Ventura in Loss

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For the second straight start, Yordano Ventura pitched well enough to earn a victory but instead was saddled with a loss. Ventura went 6.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 runs and striking out 9. His only mistake came in the top of the 4th inning when he allowed a two-run home run to Oriole DH Nelson Cruz, which led to Baltimore’s 2-1 victory Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen, and 4 relievers, made the two runs stand up. Chen surrendered the only Kansas City run on Danny Valencia‘s double in the bottom of the 4th.

The loss dropped the Royals to 20-20 on the season, and 6 games behind Detroit in the Central.

On the Mound

Yordano Ventura took the loss to run his record to 2-3, with a 2.40 ERA on the season. His nine strikeouts showed his dominance over the Orioles—aside from his mistake to Nelson Cruz.

Tim Collins relieved Ventura in the 7th, and finished off the inning by allowing 1 hit, no runs, and striking out one.

Louis Coleman opened the 8th, but failed to retire a hitter after giving up two singles.

Kelvin Herrera bailed Coleman out without allowing a run, while striking out two.

Aaron Crow pitched a clean 9th inning, extending his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 17.0.

At the Plate

As a team, the Royals only managed 7 hits, one walk, and the single run. Valencia’s double was their only extra-base hit.

Alex Gordon was the only Royals player with more than one hit, going 2-4 with two harmless singles.

Valencia went 1-3 on the day, with the one double, and one RBI.

C Salvador Perez went 1-3 with 1 walk. He was the only Royal besides Gordon to get on base twice.

This and That 

Alex Gordon nailed J.J Hardy at home plate on Nick Markakis‘ single in the top of the 7th inning to keep the Royals within one run. Even after leading all of major-league baseball in outfield assists over the last three seasons, teams still give Gordon chances to throw them out on the basepaths. Gordon has nailed 4 runners trying to advance this season.

Yordano Ventura lost his 2nd straight start in which the Royals offense has only supported him with a single run.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

I considered Yordano Ventura for his quality start and 9 strikeouts, but decided on Alex Gordon for his two hits and outfield assist that kept the team in the game.

The Orioles

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen baffled Royals hitters for his second win against them this season. Chen went 7.0 IP while allowing 2 earned runs in a 3-2 Baltimore win at Camden Yards on April 26 before Thursday’s victory (in only 5.1 IP).

Nelson Cruz’s 4th inning blast was his 12th HR of the season. Cruz went 1-4 on the day with the home run, 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.

Nick Markakis went 3-4 with 3 singles, but failed to drive in a run due to Gordon’s outfield assist that ended the 7th.

Up Next

The Royals and Orioles play the 2nd game of their 4-game series Friday night. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie (2-2, 4.80 ERA) to the mound against Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (3-2, 3.97 ERA). Gametime is 7:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium.

Box

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str
Nick Markakis RF 4 0 3 0 0 1 .302 .745 19 12
Manny Machado 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 .200 .521 21 13
Adam Jones CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .280 .716 16 12
Chris Davis 1B 3 1 0 0 1 3 .234 .708 22 12
Nelson Cruz DH 4 1 1 2 0 3 .275 .905 14 10
Steve Clevenger C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .278 .791 12 10
J.J. Hardy SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 .263 .602 17 11
Ryan Flaherty 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .205 .535 12 9
David Lough LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .453 14 10
Team Totals 35 2 10 2 1 13 .286 .706 147 99

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2B: J Hardy (7, off Y Ventura).
HR: N Cruz (12, off Y Ventura, 4th inn, 1 on, 0 outs to Deep CF-RF).
TB: N Cruz 4; J Hardy 3; N Markakis 3; M Machado 2; R Flaherty; A Jones.
GIDP: A Jones (2).
RBI: N Cruz 2 (35).
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 1 for 9.
Fielding
DP: 1. M Machado-R Flaherty-C Davis.
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .630
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 .302 .754
Billy Butler DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 .232 .587
Salvador Perez C 3 0 1 0 1 1 .277 .784
Alex Gordon LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 .261 .683
Danny Valencia 3B 3 0 1 1 0 1 .283 .711
Johnny Giavotella 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .542
Lorenzo Cain CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .319 .770
Alcides Escobar SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 .285 .744
Team Totals 32 1 7 1 1 4 .219 .485

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2B: D Valencia (2, off W Chen).
SF: D Valencia (1, off W Chen).
TB: A Gordon 2; D Valencia 2; S Perez; E Hosmer; L Cain; A Escobar.
GIDP: A Escobar (2).
RBI: D Valencia (4).
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 5.
Fielding
DP: 1. A Escobar-J Giavotella-E Hosmer.
Outfield Assists: A Gordon (J Hardy at home plate).
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Wei-Yin Chen, W (5-2) 5.1 7 1 1 1 1 0 3.69 95 61
Darren O’Day, H (5) 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.54 20 17
Troy Patton, H (1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.80 4 3
Ryan Webb, H (5) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.78 11 8
Zach Britton, S (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.81 12 7
Team Totals 9 7 1 1 1 4 0 1.00 142 96
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Yordano Ventura, L (2-3) 6.1 7 2 2 1 9 1 2.40 104 70
Tim Collins 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 7.94 10 7
Louis Coleman 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5.56 12 7
Kelvin Herrera 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.40 11 8
Aaron Crow 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 10 7
Team Totals 9 10 2 2 1 13 1 2.00 147 99

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L Coleman faced 2 batters in the 8th inning.
Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.
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