After pitching Omaha to title, Chris Dwyer’s day ends with trip to KC

Updated: 2013-09-19T04:07:40Z


The Kansas City Star

It had been a crazy 24 hours for Royals lefty Chris Dwyer heading into Wednesday’s game against Cleveland.

Dwyer led Class AAA Omaha to the Triple-A Championship on Tuesday night, pitching a perfect game into the seventh inning on the way to a 2-1 victory against the Durham Bulls in Allentown, Pa.

Dwyer, 25, gave up just a single, had no walks and eight strikeouts in his seven innings and picked up the game’s MVP Award.

“I felt good from the start; I had all my pitches working, and I tried to carry it into the game and did,” Dwyer said. “I just wanted to go out there and do my best.”

Teammate Irving Falu drove in one of Omaha’s two runs, and shortly after the win, Dwyer and Falu were on their way to Kansas City, as both were recalled by the Royals on Wednesday morning. Neither player really slept, arriving here around 11:30 a.m. Not that it mattered to Dwyer.

“Going to this championship game and winning that has been obviously very special and a great time with my teammates,” Dwyer said.

Manager Ned Yost was pleased with Dwyer’s performance as well.

“Very, very impressive last night,” Yost said. “A huge performance for our Triple-A team last night to help them win that championship. This was a chance to get both of those kids up here and let them experience a little bit of this. We’ll find a way to get Dwyer into a game and Falu into some games.”

Ventura feels good about debut

After some time to reflect on his major-league debut Tuesday night, pitcher Yordano Ventura was pleased with his performance despite the Royals’ 5-3 loss.

“The most important thing is I feel good, and I got up this morning and realized that I threw a lot of strikes last night and gave the team a chance to win the game,” he said.

Ventura left with two outs in the sixth and a 3-1 lead. The Indians’ one run against him came on Michael Brantley’s two-out RBI single that inning. Ventura finished the night giving up five hits with just two walks and three strikeouts.

Pitching coach Dave Eiland knew what kind of stuff Ventura had, so he was most pleased with the poise he showed on the mound.

“I was impressed with his composure, his rhythm, his tempo … very calm, under control,” Eiland said. “He knew what he wanted to do. Just his approach, his demeanor, his mound presence. We knew he had the stuff. But when you get a kid his first time like that, nobody knows how he’s going to react.

“He pitched more than well enough to win.”

Eiland was working with Ventura on a few mechanical issues before his next start — likely in Seattle next week.

“We saw some delivery issues out of the windup,” Eiland said. “We noticed last night he made a lot more quality pitches out of the stretch. He’s more compact, less moving parts, so we did some things out of the windup today just to simplify some things and make them a little more compact. All that’s designed to do is command the ball down in the zone more consistently.”

Ventura, however, may have a dilemma before his next start. He borrowed a glove from Jeremy Guthrie on Tuesday after leaving his with Omaha and doesn’t want to return it.

“I made my major-league debut with that glove, so Jeremy has to give it to me now,” Ventura said.

Updated odds

The Royals entered their series finale Wednesday against Cleveland as a 25-1 long shot to win the American League pennant in the latest odds by Bovada, the online gaming site. They were 50-1 to win the World Series.

The favorites: Boston at 2-1 to win the AL pennant, followed by Detroit at 5-2. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorite to win the World Series at 15-4 followed by Boston at 5-2.

100 times three

No longer are the Royals the last team to lose 100 or more games for three consecutive seasons. Houston now owns that distinction following Tuesday’s 10-0 loss to Cincinnati.

The Astros were 56-106 in 2011 and 55-107 in 2012 before Tuesday’s loss dropped them to 51-100. The Royals’ three-year run through triple-digit ignominy was 2004-06, when they went 54-104, 56-106 and 62-100.

Pioneer champs

Short-season Idaho Falls captured its first Pioneer League title Tuesday since becoming a Royals affiliate in 2004 when it beat Helena (Brewers) 6-0 in the decisive game of the best-of-three championship series.

Frank Schwindel’s three-run homer in the fourth inning opened the scoring. Schwindel, 21, was the club’s 18th-round pick in the June draft out of St. John’s.

Jake Junis worked the first five innings before Kyle Bartsch and Glenn Sparkman completed the five-hit shutout. Center fielder Daniel Rockett was three for four with two RBIs.

Looking back

It was 33 years ago Thursday — Sept. 19, 1980 — that George Brett went two for four in a 13-3 victory over Oakland at then-Royals Stadium. In doing so, he raised his average back to .400.

That marked the latest in a season that any player has been at .400 or higher since Ted Williams finished the 1941 season at .406.

Brett went 14 for 46 (.304) over the season’s final 13 games and finished at .390, which remains the highest average by any player since Williams in 1941.

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