Kansas City at San Francisco

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Kansas City (12-1) «62031100013200
San Francisco (4-7)000001100240

Royals 13, Giants 2

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Yordano Ventura chanced upon his first start and made the most of it.

Ventura pitched three hitless innings, Johnny Giavotella and Brett Hayes each drove in four runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 13-2 Saturday.

Billy Butler and David Lough each added three hits. The Royals finished with 20 hits, including nine in 1 2-3 innings against Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit.

Brandon Belt hit his fourth homer for the Giants.

Ventura, considered the Royals' top pitching prospect, made his first start of the spring and fourth appearance overall. He got this chance when Wade Davis was scratched with shoulder soreness, and extended his hitless streak to five innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Giants reliever Javier Lopez made his spring debut, allowing a run on three hits in one inning. He struck out two.

The Giants were held hitless until Gregor Blanco tripled with one out in the sixth.

"The fans really cheered hard for that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That shows they were into it."

Lopez suffered a contusion on his right wrist on the eve of the exhibition schedule. He was playing catch with teammate Madison Bumgarner and squatted, like a catcher, to give Bumgarner a target. Lopez was struck flush just above his left wrist.

"It felt good just to get out there again," Lopez said.

Ventura, who reached Double-A for the first time late last season, said he felt comfortable.

"I kept my fastball down and my breaking ball was good," he said. "It was good experience."

Ventura, who will likely start in Double-A this year, certainly impressed his teammates.

"We don't call him `Ace' for nothing," Giavotella said. "You can see the velocity explode out of his hand."

Butler said he would not be surprised to see Ventura in the majors sooner rather than later.

"He has an electric fastball," Butler said. "He commands the ball well. I see a guy who can contribute for us this year. He's not far from the big leagues."

The Royals lead all major league teams with their .341 batting average and have collected 10 or more hits in 10 of their 14 games.

"We're just playing together and have a lot of confidence," Butler said. "We really enjoy playing with each other. Basically all we are doing is going out and having fun."

Lough, who upped his average to .565 (13 for 23) on the spring, said getting a chance to play in the big leagues last September was a confidence booster.

"I made a minor adjustment with my legs and I'm seeing the ball better," Lough said. "I did bring a lot of confidence into spring after getting my feet wet and being around the guys."

NOTES: Royals RHP Luke Hochevar is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. ... Giants RHP Matt Cain is slated to make the start at the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. ... Petit gave up eight runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out two. ... The Royals are also the best pitching team in the majors. Starters have an ERA of 2.43 (nine runs in 33 1-3 innings). ... The Royals have been behind in 13 of the 126 innings played. ... Giants LHP Luis Mijares (left elbow posterior impingement) is getting close to appearing in a game. ... Belt has 13 hits in his last 23 at bats.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Giavotella
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
San Francisco

B. Belt
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF4220001 .346
   a- Willy Taveras, PH-CF2010000 .421
Elliot Johnson, SS-LF4221121 .294
    Whit Merrifield, LF10100001.000
Billy Butler, 1B4230012 .333
    Brandon Wood, 3B2000003 .263
Max Ramirez, DH5222023 .364
   b- Brian Fletcher, PH-DH1000011 .000
David Lough, RF4232002 .565
    Christian Colon, SS-2B1000000 .214
Johnny Giavotella, 2B4134002 .318
    Alex McClure, SS1000000 .000
Anthony Seratelli, 3B-1B4110112 .417
Brett Hayes, C4024010 .333
    Adam Moore, C1000001 .267
Endy Chavez, LF-RF4100103 .300
Totals4613201338  
a-singled for Dyson in the 6th
b-struck out for M. Ramirez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Elliot Johnson 2 (2, Petit, Ramirez), Whit Merrifield (1, Loux), David Lough (3, Petit), Brett Hayes (1, Petit)
RBI - Elliot Johnson (3), Max Ramirez 2 (9), David Lough 2 (4), Johnny Giavotella 4 (7), Brett Hayes 4 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Elliot Johnson (2), David Lough (2), Johnny Giavotella 2 (4), Brett Hayes (2)
Team LOB - 9
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yordano Ventura (W,1-0) 3000230 2.08
Louis Coleman (H,3) 1000020 3.00
Greg Holland (H,1) 1000010 3.00
J.C. Gutierrez (H,5) 1211010 3.60
Donnie Joseph (H,2) 1111011 1.80
Nate Adcock (H,4) 1000000 0.00
Dan Wheeler 1100120 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 23-15, Louis Coleman 7-7, Greg Holland 5-5, J.C. Gutierrez 7-7, Donnie Joseph 8-7, Nate Adcock 3-3, Dan Wheeler 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 3-3, Louis Coleman 1-0, J.C. Gutierrez 1-1, Donnie Joseph 2-0, Nate Adcock 2-1
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 11, Louis Coleman 3, Greg Holland 3, J.C. Gutierrez 5, Donnie Joseph 4, Nate Adcock 3, Dan Wheeler 5
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF3110001 .208
    Gary Brown, CF1000000 .227
Joaquin Arias, 3B2000001 .250
    Nick Noonan, 3B2011000 .095
Hunter Pence, RF2000020 .292
    Roger Kieschnick, RF2000021 .217
Buster Posey, C2000000 .214
    Jackson Williams, C2000001 .143
Brandon Belt, 1B2111110 .467
    Ricky Oropesa, 1B1010000 .200
Francisco Peguero, LF3000011 .478
    Juan Perez, LF0000100 .143
Cole Gillespie, DH3000001 .231
   a- Johnny Monell, PH-DH1000012 .444
Brandon Crawford, SS1000110 .375
    Kensuke Tanaka, SS1000010 .214
Wilson Valdez, 2B2000011 .188
    Brock Bond, 2B1000000 .462
Totals31242310  
a-struck out for Gillespie in the 9th
Batting
3B - Gregor Blanco (2, Gutierrez), Nick Noonan (1, Gutierrez)
HR - Brandon Belt (4, Joseph)
RBI - Nick Noonan (1), Brandon Belt (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Noonan-Bond-Oropesa
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yusmeiro Petit (L,0-1) 1.2988120 10.80
Steve Edlefsen 1.1000020 4.50
Scott Proctor 1433100 6.00
Javier Lopez 1311020 9.00
Ramon Ramirez 1211100 13.50
Dan Runzler 1000010 1.80
Shane Loux 2200010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 22-18, Steve Edlefsen 8-8, Scott Proctor 11-7, Javier Lopez 10-10, Ramon Ramirez 9-5, Dan Runzler 5-5, Shane Loux 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Edlefsen 2-0, Scott Proctor 2-1, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Dan Runzler 2-0, Shane Loux 3-1
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 15, Steve Edlefsen 4, Scott Proctor 8, Javier Lopez 6, Ramon Ramirez 6, Dan Runzler 3, Shane Loux 7
Game Information
Attendance - 11647
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 50
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott