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If you want to know what went wrong for Yordano Ventura and the Royals on Sunday, take a look at the first two batters in the fifth inning. The score was 3-0 Twins—the Royals still had a shot—and Ventura had the inning’s leadoff hitter, Trevor Plouffe, 0-2. Catcher Salvador Perez set up low and away—why give a guy 0-2 anything to hit?—but Ventura missed high in the zone. Plouffe hit a triple.
Ventura then got the next hitter, Chris Colabello, into a 2-2 count and Perez set up low in the zone, but Ventura missed high. Ventura hit a single.
After the game Ned Yost said Yordano Ventura struggled to repeat his mechanics. Specifically, Ventura was "opening up." When a pitcher’s front side opens up too soon it causes a chain reaction. Picture a stack of building blocks and then imagine what would happen if you pulled the bottom block toward you; the top block would fall and it would fall away from you.
By LEE JUDGE. 3 minutes ago