Possibly overshadowed by David Price’s streak of 18 straight retired batters was another reliable postseason outing from Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.
He kept the Royals 18-inning shutout streak alive into the third and recovered quickly from back-to-back doubles, taking a one-run deficit into the sixth.
Ventura finished his outing with six strikeouts, eight hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings in the Royals 6-3 Game 2 American League Championship Series victory against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
“I thought he threw the ball great,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We stayed with him in the sixth inning because we felt like his stuff was good, but he battled his command. He kind of abandoned his fastball a little bit in that inning, facing the meat of the order, started going a little bit soft.”
In the sixth, Ventura walked Russell Martin to load the bases after two runs had already crossed, ending his day on the mound. Right-handed reliever Luke Hochevar limited the damage however, with a popup and a groundout to end the inning.
Ventura’s success against Toronto was nothing new. He entered with a 1-0 record against them, having held Toronto hitters to a .182 average. He tossed five scoreless innings against them at Kauffman Stadium last season and won a 7-6 game at the Rogers Centre on Aug. 1.