It has been awhile since Rick Porcello has faltered this badly, as he was pulled after facing one batter in the sixth inning with nobody out. This start marked Porcello's shortest game since he was pulled after two innings while facing the Chicago White Sox last July. From what I could see from Porcello, I thought he could not locate his fastball early in this game and relied on secondary pitches, specifically his change up, too much. As the game progressed, Porcello became predictable and less confident, which is huge with this guy. At the end of the day, Porcello allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and surrendering two walks.
On the other side of the ball, Yordano Ventura was great up until his sixth and final inning. Ventura was throwing extremely hard and attack this powerful Red Sox lineup. However, in the sixth inning, Travis Shaw hit his sixth home run of the year and pulled the Red Sox within one run. Ventura exited, and the Kansas City bullpen was able to mow down Boston's lineup. The Royals were also able to gain some breathing room after Paulo Orlando hit a two-run homer, finishing with four RBIs on the day.
In this start, I feel that Rick Porcello had a lot of the same issues that David Price has been encountering this season. He was able to get ahead in counts, but could not find an effective finishing pitch to get batters out. As we have seen with Price, commanding your fastball is the best remedy for this ailment, which, for Porcello, means getting a better grip on his sinker. Get 'em next time, Slick Rick.