In his second start of Danny Duffy‘s rotation trial-run, he held the Mariners to 1 run on 2 hits in six innings only to lose 1-0 at Safeco Field. Duffy walked 3, struck out 4 and generally looked like he’s ready for a role in the rotation.
The Mariners scored their only run off Duffy in the 3rd inning when C Mike Zunino led off the inning with a double. Mike Saunders sacrificed him to third before Duffy struck out RF Stefen Romero. The Royals then issued a intentional walk to Robinson Cano, but Corey Hart lined a solid single up the middle to bring home Zunino.
The single run stood up.
The Royals fell to 16-18 overall, and remained 6 games behind Detroit.
On the Mound
What can I say? Duffy was impressive. Not only did he surrender a mere single run, he was also efficient. He got through 6 innings on 88 pitches, despite allowing three walks. Unfortunately, the only two hits Duffy surrendered came in the same inning. He really deserved better than to lose.
Duffy’s record is now 1-3, but with an outstanding 1.96 ERA. He’s ready Ned. Duffy needs to remain in the rotation.
Kelvin Herrera came on in the 7th and pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Right now, the bullpen roles look crystal clear. Wade Davis is the primary set-up man. Herrera and Crow are the favored sons for the 7th inning—with everyone else a situational mix-n-match.
At the Plate
When you lose 1-0, it’s obviously a bad night at the plate. The Royals only managed 4 hits and 0 walks in Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma’s 8 innings. Alex Gordon got thrown out attempting to steal in the second after a single.
Eric Hosmer continues his hot streak going 2-3 with 2 singles and a walk. Hosmer’s average has now surged to .314. He’s also riding a 4-game hitting streak.
The Royals mounted their only real threat in the 9th inning when Alcides Escobar drew a walk against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney. Nori Aoki sacrificed him to second, while Hosmer drew a walk. But, DH Billy Butler struck out and C Salvador Perez grounded out to short.
This and That
The hitch in Hisashi Iwakuma‘s leg kick clearly threw off the timing of Kansas City hitters all night.
Billy Butler had a bad day at the plate. Not only did he strike out in the 9th with two runners on, he also grounded into a double play after a leadoff single in the 4th by Hosmer.
It was a well-played game on both sides that unfortunately was lost by Kansas City.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
When you lose 1-0, the obvious “Player of the Game” is going to be the starting pitcher—even if you lose like Duffy did tonight. Duffy is showing he belongs in the rotation and Bruce Chen should return to the long role in the bullpen.
- Billy Butler — 2
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 2
- Jeremy Guthrie
- Jason Vargas – 4
- Alex Gordon – 3
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 4
- Yordano Ventura – 3
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy — 2
- Omar Infante –
- Mike Moustakas – 2
- Alcides Escobar –3
- Eric Hosmer –4
- Michael Mariot
Hisashi Iwakuma is really the story of the game. His 7 strikeout and no walks or runs in 8 innings was the ballgame. It isn’t often that you will win a game on two hits like Seattle did Thursday night.
|Nori Aoki RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||.277||.677|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||3||0||2||0||1||1||.314||.791|
|Billy Butler DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||.237||.609|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||0||0||0||0||.244||.721|
|Alex Gordon LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||.244||.662|
|Danny Valencia 2B||3||0||0||0||0||2||.250||.631|
|Lorenzo Cain CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||.340||.782|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||.147||.533|
|Alcides Escobar SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||.271||.701|
SH: N Aoki (2, off F Rodney).
TB: E Hosmer 2; A Gordon; N Aoki.
GIDP: B Butler (5).
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 0 for 3.
CS: A Gordon (2, 2nd base by H Iwakuma/M Zunino).
|Michael Saunders CF-RF||2||0||0||0||1||1||.237||.648|
|Stefen Romero RF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||.226||.633|
|Robinson Cano 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||.289||.715|
|Corey Hart DH||3||0||1||1||0||0||.220||.698|
|Justin Smoak 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||.246||.727|
|Kyle Seager 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||.239||.785|
|Cole Gillespie LF||1||0||0||0||1||0||.167||.472|
|James Jones PH-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400||.855|
|Brad Miller SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||.173||.520|
|Mike Zunino C||3||1||1||0||0||1||.247||.753|
2B: M Zunino (5, off D Duffy).
SH: M Saunders (2, off D Duffy); J Jones (1, off K Herrera).
IBB: R Cano (6, by D Duffy).
HBP: K Seager (4, by D Duffy).
TB: M Zunino 2; C Hart.
RBI: C Hart (14).
2-out RBI: C Hart.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 5.
DP: 1. K Seager-R Cano-J Smoak.
|Danny Duffy, L (1-3)||6||2||1||1||3||4||0||1.96||88||49|
|Hisashi Iwakuma, W (2-0)||8||4||0||0||0||7||0||2.45||93||61|
|Fernando Rodney, S (10)||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||2.45||17||7|
HBP: D Duffy (3; K Seager).
IBB: D Duffy (2; R Cano).
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