Royals starter Yordano Venutra is known for a lot of things when he’s out on the mound. He has a bit of a temper. He’s inconsistent but can throw like an ace at times. One thing he has never been known for is throwing deep into ballgames. Coming into Monday afternoon’s start against the White Sox, he averaged fewer than six innings over those 90 starts. Ventura failed to record at least an out in the seventh inning in 18 of 29 starts this season.
Monday afternoon was a different story. Ventura was on point, relenting single runs in the second, fourth, and seven innings, ultimately getting his first complete game win. He gave up the three runs on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts. It was the first time he pitched into the ninth inning since July 4, 2014. And it’s his second complete game overall, as he pitched eight innings in a complete game loss against the Rangers on July 28 this year.
Ventura was aided by some nifty defense as right fielder Paulo Orlando made a terrific catch tracking down an Omar Narvaez fly ball to right-center. It’s one of the better catches we’ve seen this season.