Ventura earns another start against Mariners
Rookie righty will start for Royals in Monday's series opener at Safeco Field
KANSAS CITY - The Royals liked what they saw from rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura on Tuesday night in his Major League debut and decided they want to see more. Ventura will next start against the Mariners on Monday at Safeco Field.
"I am going to work harder for next time, because this is the highest level and they have really good players," Ventura said after the Royals' 5-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday. "I want to do things well and if you make a mistake with these good hitters, you will pay for it."
Ventura started out a little rough with a four-pitch walk, but he induced a double play and struck out the third batter for a scoreless first inning. He cruised through the next three innings with a fastball that hung around 100 mph before giving up a run.
"I thought he did great," manager Ned Yost said. "After the first hitter, I was like, 'OK, we've got to settle down a little bit,' but boy, once he got in the stretch, he did settle down. Great stuff to get us into the sixth inning with the lead was a darn good job. I thought it was a really good debut for him."
Ventura, the Royals' No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com, held the Indians to one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also had three strikeouts and two walks.
Indians center fielder Michael Bourn said Ventura reminded him of Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz.
"I don't know why, he just looked like him out there to me. Just the way his delivery is, that's how he reminded me of him," Bourn said. "He's good, man. He's got some good stuff. I'm pretty sure he's going to be around for a while for their organization, so we better get used to facing him."
Ventura split between Triple-A Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season -- going 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA. He had 155 strikeouts and 53 walks.
Dwyer's reward following title is callup to KC
KANSAS CITY -- The only thing that could have made Chris Dwyer's night better after leading the Omaha Storm Chasers to a Triple-A National Championship would be a callup to the Major Leagues. And that's exactly what happened.
"After the game [Tuesday] night the manager [Mike Jirschele] told me I was going to Kansas City so I said, 'That's awesome,' and hopped an early flight here," Dwyer said.
Dwyer, the Royals' No. 11 prospect, according to MLB.com, went 10-11 with a 3.55 ERA through 29 games (28 starts) for Omaha. The southpaw took a perfect game bid into the seventh inning on Tuesday night before allowing a two-out single. Dwyer finished the inning with his eighth strikeout as the Storm Chasers posted a 2-1 win over the Durham Bulls.
"Very, very impressive last night. A huge performance for our Triple-A team last night to help them win that championship," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We'll find a way to get Dwyer into a game."
It was Dwyer's seventh start of seven or more innings this season and the fewest runs allowed in his 39 starts.
"I felt good from the start," Dwyer said. "I got ahead with my fastball and had my offspeed working. I had pretty much all my pitches going last night."
With the addition of Dwyer and fellow Storm Chaser Irvin Falu, who was also recalled on Wednesday, the Royals have 17 available pitchers and 17 position players.
Falu hoping for action second time around
KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Irving Falu is getting a second chance with the Royals and this time he's hoping to make an impact.
He was recalled from Triple-A Omaha back on Aug. 11, but was optioned back one day later without seeing the field. This time, he got the call before Wednesday night's game against the Indians.
"When you get called up, you are always happy," Falu said. "Hopefully, I get to stay here and help the team win."
Through 135 games with Omaha this season, Falu batted .256 and had 20 stolen bases. He appeared in 24 games for the Royals last season with a .341 average.
"He's a valuable guy," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Like [Pedro] Ciriaco, he can play multiple positions, run, serve as a bat off the bench if we need him."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.