Ventura shuts down the Reds

The KC Royals finally got a solid start from Yordano Ventura and some two out hits to beat visiting Cincinnati, 3-0. The game lasted just two hours and 12 minutes.

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).

Ventura allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings. All four hits were singles. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

The Reds got their first hit to lead off the 3rd inning, a Jay Bruce single. Devin Mesoraco followed with a single. But after a sac bunt, Ventura got a ground out and a strike out to end the threat. Todd Frazier singled with one out in the fourth and the Reds final hit came in the fifth on a two out Mesoraco single.

Ventura retired the final seven batters he faced. He also only threw 88 pitches, so many were questioning manager Ned Yost’s removal of him. But hey, let him end a start on a good note.

The Royals bullpen was up to the task of closing out the shutout. Kelvin Herrera worked around a one out walk of Mesoraco in the eighth. Wade Davis, not Greg Holland, earned the save by striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Holland had a stiff neck and was unavailable.

Three of the Royals nine hits came in the 2nd inning, when they got on the board with an Omar Infante two out single. Paulo Orlando singled to lead off the fifth and came around to score on Mike Moustakas‘ one out double. Moose added another RBI double in the seventh with two outs.

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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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