It was looking like another game that would require Danny Duffy to throw a shut out just to even qualify for a win.
Danny Duffy made one mistake pitch four innings of Wednesday’s matchup against the Twins. Duffy left a fastball up to Josh Willingham, and he hit it a very long way. Duffy settled down until the fifth inning when he put two on with one out. Ned Yost decided to pull the plug and go to recently acquired Jason Frasor. Frasor would get out of the inning with no damage done.
Danny Duffy pitched a very respectable game: 5.2 innings, one earned run, and four strikeouts. Duffy did give up six walks tonight which elevated his pitch count. Duffy threw 105 pitches, that in which only a little over half of them were strikes. He didn’t have a bad outing, but it’s definitely not what Royals fans are used to seeing.
Danny Duffy now leads the rotation in ERA at 2.42, but is 5-10 this season. Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up. The Royals have given him no run support.
As for the offense tonight, they did not show up until the sixth inning when they decided that it might be a nifty idea to score some runs for their pitcher who just labored through 5+ innings, and only allowed one earned run.
With one out in the sixth inning, Salvador Perez doubled in Omar Infante, and advanced to third on a wild throw by Eduardo Nunez. Alex Gordon then drove in Salvy with a double of his own, as did Mike Moustakas.
The other Twins run was given up by none other than the wonderful (sarcasm) Scott Downs. Downs now has a 5.51 ERA on the year.
Tonight was a very boring ballgame, and I was clearly not entertained. I hope the Royals will do a better job tomorrow when the send Yordano Ventura to the hill to face Kevin Correia.
I will be breaking down all Royals trades right here. That’s assuming if Dayton Moore gets off his rear end and makes a trade. Just please don’t let it be for Emilio Bonifacio.