Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (41) Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Duffy hard luck Loser on Throwing Error

The Detroit Tigers exploited a critical throwing error by pitcher Danny Duffy to take a 2-1 lead that held up for a Detroit win Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Anibal Sanchez and Danny Duffy locked up in a tight duel over 7 innings, with Duffy’s miscue coming in the 3rd inning. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Duffy threw an attempted pick-off into centerfield, allowing both runners to advance. The mistake proved fatal when Miguel Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly to score what turned out to be the winning run.

Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild cheated the Royals out of a golden opportunity when he called Lorenzo Cain out for interference in the 8th inning. Detroit catcher Bryan Holaday threw the ball into centerfield when Nori Aoki stole second base after his lead-off single. Fairchild claimed that Cain obstructed Holiday’s throwing lane.

Instead, Fairchild’s abject incompetence interfered with the game.

You can see the rotten call here. Of course, the Detroit announcers thought it was a good call because Cain stepped on the plate, but it appeared to me that Holaday still had a throwing lane.

The loss drops the Royals to 47-45. Kansas City is now 6.5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.

On the Mound

Danny Duffy again didn’t deserve to lose, which happens a lot when you have a 5-9 record paired with a 2.76 ERA. Duffy went 6.0 innings, allowing 5 hits, 0 walks, 2 runs (1 earned) with 6 strikeouts. The unearned run came on Duffy’s own throwing error.

Kelvin Herrera, Aaron Crow, and Wade Davis followed. Each pitched a single clean inning with one strikeout to keep the game close.

At the Plate

In what looks like a phrase destined to become the epitaph for Kansas City’s 2014 season, the Royals only managed 1 run despite a pile of hits. Tonight, it took 11 hits and 1 walk to produce 1 run—-despite 3 doubles.

Sigh.

When you strand 9 base-runners, its hard to blame even a rotten umpire for your loss.

The Royals scored their only run in the 1st inning when Salvador Perez followed Eric Hosmer‘s 2-out double with an RBI single.

Hosmer went 3-4, with a double, 2 singles, an 1 run scored.

Salvador Perez went 2-4 with 2 singles and the Royals’ only RBI.

Both Lorenzo Cain and Omar Infante also chipped in with 2-hit nights.

This and That

Eric Hosmer, at long last, is getting getting hot. He continued his 11-game hitting streak Friday night, which has included 19 hits in 43 at bats (.441) with 4 doubles and 2 home runs.  His last hitless game came on June 29 when he went 0-5 against the Angels. Hosmer is hitting .462/.543/.718 in the month of July.

Royals fans began to boo every strike call Chad Fairchild made at home plate after he jobbed Cain in the 8th. Fairchild added insult to injury when he expanded the strike zone for Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain by calling a high and outside pitch (according to PitchTrack) strike one against Billy Butler. Butler ended up lining out to center.

The Royals continue to struggle at home, dropping 3 games under .500 at Kauffman Stadium (21-24) for the season.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

My vote has to go to the red-hot Eric Hosmer, whom the Royals need to stay hot in the 2nd half.

The Tigers

Miguel Cabrera might have gone 0-3, but he had the at bat of the day for the Tigers when he took 2 balls and a strike from Danny Duffy in the 3rd. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Cabrera almost forced Duffy to come in with something he could handle—which Cabrera hit for a sacrifice fly to right.

Up Next

The Royals send James Shields (9-4, 3.71 ERA) to the mound in the 3rd game of the series to stop the bleeding. Kansas City badly needs to see the guy that shut out Tampa Bay days ago, instead of the pitcher who has struggled over the last 2 months. Shields will be opposed by Rick Porcello (11-5, 3.53 ERA) for Detroit. Game time is  7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Box

Tigers Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG
Austin Jackson CF 4 1 3 0 0 1 4 .251 .314 .368
Ian Kinsler 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 4 .305 .338 .474
Miguel Cabrera 1B 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 .313 .372 .545
J.D. Martinez RF 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 .328 .365 .633
Torii Hunter DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .272 .294 .449
Nick Castellanos 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .269 .315 .405
   Don Kelly 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .333 .309
Eugenio Suarez SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .274 .355 .442
Bryan Holaday C 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .278 .326 .316
Rajai Davis LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 .290 .328 .429
Team Totals 30 2 5 2 0 9 34 .167 .212 .200

2B: A Jackson (19, off D Duffy).
SF: M Cabrera (7, off D Duffy).
SH: B Holaday (1, off K Herrera).
HBP: N Castellanos (2, by D Duffy); E Suarez (2, by K Herrera).
TB: A Jackson 4; R Davis; I Kinsler.
RBI: M Cabrera (74); I Kinsler (50).
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 6.
Fielding
DP: 1. N Castellanos-E Suarez.
E: N Castellanos (7).
Baserunning
SB: I Kinsler (10, 2nd base off D Duffy/S Perez); R Davis (24, 2nd base off K Herrera/S Perez).
Pickoffs: R Davis (2nd base by D Duffy).

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Nori Aoki RF-LF 5 0 2 0 0 0 5 .266 .328 .330 .657
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .313 .348 .434 .782
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 1 3 0 0 0 4 .268 .316 .382 .698
Salvador Perez C 4 0 2 1 0 0 4 .284 .328 .441 .769
Billy Butler DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .269 .321 .349 .670
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .193 .257 .378 .634
Omar Infante 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .273 .316 .381 .697
Jarrod Dyson LF-CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .294 .350 .343 .693
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .283 .321 .388 .709
Team Totals 36 1 11 1 1 4 37 .306 .324 .389 .713

2B: E Hosmer (25, off A Sanchez); N Aoki (13, off A Sanchez); M Moustakas (11, off A Sanchez).
TB: E Hosmer 4; N Aoki 3; S Perez 2; M Moustakas 2; O Infante 2; A Escobar.
RBI: S Perez (36).
2-out RBI: S Perez.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 1 for 11.
Fielding
E: D Duffy (3).
Baserunning
SB: O Infante (4, 2nd base off J Nathan/B Holaday).
Pickoffs: S Perez (1st base by A Sanchez).

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Anibal Sanchez, W (6-3) 7 8 1 1 0 3 0 3.04 90 62
Joba Chamberlain, H (17) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.70 10 8
Joe Nathan, S (19) 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.61 27 13
Team Totals 9 11 1 1 1 4 0 1.00 127 83
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Generated 7/12/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Danny Duffy, L (5-9) 6 5 2 1 0 6 0 2.76 99 69
Kelvin Herrera 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.13 9 7
Aaron Crow 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.33 10 9
Wade Davis 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.16 12 7
Team Totals 9 5 2 1 0 9 0 1.00 130 92
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/12/2014.

D Duffy faced 1 batter in the 7th inning.
Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: K Herrera (2; E Suarez); D Duffy (4; N Castellanos).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: A Sanchez (1; S Perez, 1st base); D Duffy (3; R Davis, 2nd base).

Tags: Chad Fairchild Danny Duffy Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain

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