KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals' phenom did his job.
The rest of the Royals? Not so much.
Brutal defense and subpar bullpen work spoiled the major league debut of Royals 22-year-old right-hander Yordano Ventura on Tuesday night. Ventura left with a 3-1 lead after working an efficient 5 23 innings.
And actually, Ventura should have left with a 3-0 lead and having pitched six innings.
But Cleveland's Nick Swisher led off the sixth with a fairly routine grounder that second baseman Emilio Bonifacio booted. Swisher, oddly, was credited with a single. Then with two outs and runners on first and third, Michael Brantley hit sinking liner to right that right fielder David Lough froze on, then broke too late to reach.
That put the Indians on the board and brought Royals skipper Ned Yost to the mound. Yost's bullpen got the Royals out of further damage in the sixth.
But Kelvin Herrera gave up two runs in the seventh, Wade Davis gave up another run in the eighth (thanks to another misplay...