Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura watched the clock inside the Royals clubhouse. As the minutes ticked away, and Saturday’s rain delay stretched on and on, he understood his day was finished.
Ventura could only throw four innings in a 6-2 loss to the Angels.
He departed the game after a delay that lasted three hours and 58 minutes.
“Obviously, he was disappointed, because he was prepared to pitch today, and wanted to go back out,” said catching instructor Pedro Grifol, who translated for Ventura.
“But there was no way that he could go back out after that long rain delay. He wanted to go back out there for the club, but he couldn’t.”
Ventura gave up two runs during his time on the mound.
He lamented the unfortunate conditions — he stayed on the field during a seven-minute delay during the second inning — but was confident in his arsenal.
“He said he felt good,” Grifol said. “He felt like he was in command of the strike zone. Unfortunately, the rain got to him, and he couldn’t go back out.”
Trout homer goes on
The fascination over the distance of Angels star Mike Trout’s home run on Friday night seeped into a second day as the Royals clarified their original calculation.
The new calculation is the ball traveled 455 feet, a 10-foot increase from the previous night.
To find the new numbers, members of the Kauffman Stadium operations department walked off the paces from the plate to the landing spot in the center-field fountain.
A controversy sparked when ESPN announced the baseball had traveled 489 feet, which exceeded Bo Jackson’s fabled 475-foot home run from 1986.
Dyson sits vs. lefties
Outfielder Jarrod Dyson went one for four and scored a run in Friday night’s victory. He is batting .320 this month.
But Yost indicated there was little plan to utilize Dyson as an everyday player. Justin Maxwell will continue to start against left-handed pitchers.
Why not Dyson?
“The concern is his ability to hit left-handed pitching,” Yost said.
“Being an everyday player, it’s tough, but you have to provide consistency to be able to do it every day. But you also have to be pretty proficient hitting against left-handers and right-handers.”
Dyson, a left-handed batter, lugs around a measly .499 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against southpaws since reaching the majors in 2010.