Ventura roughed up early in loss to Rangers

The KC Royals lost to Texas, 5-2.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura during his spring training start on St. Patrick's Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals starter Yordano Ventura during his spring training start on St. Patrick’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Starter Yordano Ventura took one for the team on Wednesday night, as he didn’t have it to start the game. He allowed a leadoff home run to Shin-Soo Choo (his second straight). Ventura needed 31 pitches to get through the first, but was thankful to only be trailing 2-0.

Prince Fielder increased the lead to 4-0 in the second.

Ventura allowed a run in the fourth, but pitched much better after the first two innings. He retired eight in a row before Delino DeShields, Jr (who tripled in the fourth) doubled to lead off the seventh.

Kelvin Herrera returned from his suspension and worked around a one out single in the eighth.

 

The Royals offense finally broke through in the seventh, on RBI doubles by Kendrys Morales and Salvador Perez. They had just six total hits, three coming in that inning.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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