By: Jon Van Pelt
The Royals took 2 of the 3 game weekend series on Sunday behind Yordano Ventura’s phenomenal pitching. Ventura’s style of pitching is to say the least, an odd one. Many times he will come out and have a very tough first inning. Today was no exception as he allowed several baserunners on and one to score. Ventura’s pitching though, seems to drastically change after the first inning. After having 28 pitches in the first inning, he threw only 25 in the next 3 innings total without allowing a runner to reach first base. He ran into a little trouble in the fifth, but worked out of trouble without a run scoring, and went on to pitch two more hitless innings of ball.
After Saturday’s lack luster hitting performance and early innings of little offense in today’s game, the bats heated up and heated up quickly. Both Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer had solo shots to put the Royals on top in the 4th and 6th innings respectively. In the seventh inning the bats did what they do best, kept the line moving. No one trying to belt a home run and getting the big hits, just playing nice easy ball, getting a single he a double there, another hit here, and the next thing you know, four runs have crossed the plate busting the game wide open.
With Eric Hosmer’s hit home run and single today, he now leads the majors with a fourteen game hitting streak, as he continues to dominate opposing pitchers. The Royals will look to continue they’re winning ways tomorrow, as they open a series in Los Angeles with the Angels. It will be the beginning of a long stetch of tough games, as the only 3 home games over the next 16 will be against the also hot Washington Nationals.