When Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley lofted a ball into shallow left field in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, the Orioles probably expected an out.
When that same ball fell beyond shortstop J.J. Hardy’s grasp, they probably expected none.
He’s one of our teammates, one of our brothers,” pitcher Chris Young said, via ESPN. We miss him, and this is a reminder that he’s always with us and we should honor him every time we step out on that field. Don’t take this for granted. Life can be fleeting. We’re going to play with the same passion and intensity that he had.”
The Royals will also wear special Ace 30 patches on their jerseys during the 2017 season in tribute to Ventura, who was killed in a one-car accident in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 22.
Ventura signed with Kansas City as an amateur free agent in 2008 and made his MLB debut in 2013 at age 22 before going on to become a key starter on the pitching staff that led the Royals to the 2015 World Series championship. He played all four of his MLB seasons with the Royals, compiling a 38-31 mark with a 3.89 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
That is a trend Rangers fans can definitely get behind.
Gallo, who also scored one of the runs Thursday night, now has 12 home runs this season. His three-run home run against the A’s capped a four-run ninth inning that started with a Jonathan Lucroy single.