The KC Royals needed 13 innings, but they beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-2. There were also some fireworks on the field to end the 7th inning.
White Sox reliever Jake Petricka entered his second inning of work and allowed a one out single to Mike Moustakas. Jarrod Dyson, who did not start (more on that in a bit), beat out a potential double play ball (on a nice play up the middle by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez).
Eric Hosmer followed with a double into right field, scoring Dyson from first base. Both Moose and Hosmer had three hits each (of the Royals 13 total hits).
Wade Davis then came in and shut down the White Sox to earn his fourth save of the season. He got Jose Abreu to pop up and Adam LaRoche to strike out before Avisail Garcia singled. Davis then got Gordon Beckham on one pitch to end the game.
The rest of this weekend series should be interesting, as should the rest of the season.
Things got ugly once again with Yordano Ventura on the mound. For his third straight start. I would assume that EVERY team set to face Ventura will be looking for ways to rattle him. It doesn’t seem to be hard.
Ventura was solid, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings. However, that 7th inning was his undoing.
With two outs and nobody on base, White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton grounded back to Ventura (after being quick-pitched). Ventura stared him down, it looked like Eaton may have said something, and then Ventura had some choice words for him, before throwing to first base.
The umpires intervened, but benches and bullpens emptied and plenty of punches were thrown.
There were ejections: two for the White Sox (Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija) and three for the Royals (Ventura, Lorenzo Cain, and Edinson Volquez). Samardzija (who many believe hit Cain on purpose on Opening Day) and LoCain found each other and LoCain came out of the scrum with his jersey over his head. We will have to wait and see who gets suspended.
Ventura hit Jose Abreu in the fourth and White Sox starter Chris Sale drilled Mike Moustakas in the fifth to continue the bad blood between the two teams. Sale allowed two runs in the first on three hits and a walk. He allowed nine hits total.
After the ejections, the game went to the bullpens and settled down.
Kelvin Herrera got out of a two on jam in the eighth. Jason Frasor pitched a perfect ninth. Ryan Madson‘s two innings weren’t pretty (his left a lot of pitches up), but he did not give up a run. Franklin Morales pitched a perfect 12th.
White Sox reliever Zack Duke worked around a hit in the eighth inning. David Robertson struck out two in the ninth. Zach Putnam also struck out two in his one inning of work. Dan Jennings worked around a two on jam in the 11th.
*Volquez is scheduled to be the Saturday starter, so THAT should be interesting.
**Someone in that Royals lockerroom needs to step up and put Ventura in his place. If not, this immaturity and punk attitude will continue, probably resulting in one of his teammates getting hurt (either by getting drilled with a ball or a fist).