All season long on this blog, we've been touting the greatness of Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City Royals' fireballing 23-year-old starting pitcher who will be in consideration for AL Rookie of the Year honors when postseason awards start rolling out next month.
Ventura, who draws comparisons to his much older countryman Pedro Martinez thanks to his stature and his delivery that produces a much faster fastball than someone his size should be able to crank out, was on the big stage on Wednesday night as the Royals' starter in Game 2 of the World Series.
Though Ventura didn't get the win, he kept the Royals in the game before an offensive explosion on in the sixth inning led to a runaway Royals win. Ventura's final line read 5 1/3 innings with two earned runs allowed on 87 pitches.
The righty got in trouble a couple of times but pitched out of it and stood tall with his back against the wall. Now, we get to count down to a possible Game 6 to see him take the mound again.