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Kansas City Royals Squander Danny Duffy's Strong Start

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In a refrain that is becoming all too common this season, the Kansas City Royals waste a strong start from Danny Duffy in their 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Saturday night.

Duffy lost his 10th game of the season, against 5 victories, despite an outstanding 2.66 ERA. Duffy’s record says nothing about his quality as a starter this season. Instead, it’s an indictment of the run support he’s received from his teammates.

The Royals offense is a joke.

The loss drops Kansas City to .500 on the season. The Royals have now squandered two straight opportunities to gain ground on Detroit, who has lost two straight games to open the 2nd half. The Royals remain 6.5 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central.

On the Mound

Danny Duffy pitched 6.2 strong inning, allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, 2 runs (only 1 earned) with 2 strikeouts. Really, what more is Duffy supposed to do? The Red Sox dinged Duffy for a run in the 4th inning when Alcides Escobar allowed Shane Victorino‘s ground ball go through his legs for an error rather than what should have been an inning-ending double play. Duffy’s only mistake came in the 6th inning when he allowed a 1-out homer to Mike Napoli (11).

Jason Frasor entered in the 7th inning to record the final out in a one batter appearance.

Wade Davis pitched a scoreless inning in the 8th.

At the Plate

The Royals could do little with Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa, who earned his 3rd win of the season. The Royals managed only 5 hits, 4 walks and 1 run against the young right-hander.

No Royal had more than 1 hit on the night.

Jarrod Dyson had the best game, going 1-3 with a triple, 1 run scored, and 1 walk. Dyson led off the 3rd inning with a triple and scored on Omar Infante‘s sacrifice fly to center. That finished the scoring for KC.

Disgusting.

Along with his sacrifice fly, Omar Infante hit a double. Infante went 1-3 on the night, with the team’s only RBI.

This and That

Jarrod Dyson made what turned out to be a critical error in the first inning after leading off the game with a walk. Omar Infante followed with a line drive to second, and Dyson got picked off first for a double play.

Eric Hosmer followed with a single, which extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games.

The Royals have scored a grand total of 4 runs in Duffy’s last 5 losses.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

The only choice is Danny Duffy, who pitched well enough to win despite being betrayed both by the Royals offense and defense.

The Red Sox

Mike Napoli struck the game changing blow in the 6th inning with his solo home run over the Green Monster. Napoli went 2-3 on the day, with a single, home run (11), 1 run scored and 1 RBI.

Up Next

The Royals finish their series with the Red Sox Sunday afternoon. Kansas City will send Yordano Ventura (7-7, 3.22 ERA) to the mound against Jon Lester for the Red Sox (9-7, 2.65). Game time is 12:35 PM CST at Fenway Park in Boston.

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA ▾ BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str
Jarrod Dyson CF 3 1 1 0 1 0 4 .294 .351 .353 .704 16 8
Omar Infante 2B 3 0 1 1 0 0 4 .282 .321 .395 .715 11 8
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .272 .318 .386 .704 11 9
Salvador Perez C 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .282 .327 .432 .759 13 10
Alex Gordon LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 4 .271 .351 .425 .776 20 9
Billy Butler DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .272 .323 .352 .675 12 7
Mike Moustakas 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .186 .253 .360 .613 15 9
Nori Aoki RF 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 .258 .327 .319 .646 12 5
Alcides Escobar SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .277 .314 .378 .691 13 7
   Raul Ibanez PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .149 .236 .254 .489 3 2
Danny Duffy P
Team Totals 30 1 5 1 4 4 35 .167 .257 .267 .524 126 74

2B: O Infante (12, off R De La Rosa).
3B: J Dyson (3, off R De La Rosa).
SF: O Infante (5, off R De La Rosa).
TB: J Dyson 3; O Infante 2; B Butler; A Gordon; E Hosmer.
GIDP: B Butler (14).
RBI: O Infante (47).
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 0 for 5.
Fielding
DP: 1. A Escobar-O Infante-E Hosmer.
E: A Escobar (9).

Red Sox Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str
Brock Holt SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .325 .369 .457 .826 20 12
Dustin Pedroia 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .277 .344 .376 .720 16 9
David Ortiz DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .252 .352 .481 .834 12 8
Mike Napoli 1B 3 2 2 1 1 0 4 .274 .395 .445 .840 16 9
Jonny Gomes LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 .238 .333 .368 .701 14 7
Shane Victorino RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .245 .277 .351 .628 10 7
Xander Bogaerts 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .234 .310 .353 .663 7 6
Jackie Bradley CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .227 .303 .309 .613 8 5
Christian Vazquez C 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .385 .400 .615 1.015 10 5
Team Totals 29 2 6 1 3 2 32 .207 .281 .310 .592 113 68

HR: M Napoli (11, off D Duffy, 6th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF).
TB: M Napoli 5; S Victorino; J Bradley; B Holt; J Gomes.
GIDP: B Holt (3).
RBI: M Napoli (35).
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 0 for 6.
Fielding
DP: 2. J Bradley-M Napoli; B Holt-D Pedroia-M Napoli.
E: J Gomes (3).
Outfield Assists: J Bradley (J Dyson at 2nd base).

Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Danny Duffy, L (5-10) 6.2 6 2 1 3 2 1 2.66 97 57
Jason Frasor 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.30 3 2
Wade Davis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.11 13 9
Team Totals 8 6 2 1 3 2 1 1.12 113 68
Red Sox Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Rubby De La Rosa, W (3-2) 7 5 1 1 4 2 0 2.64 104 61
Andrew Miller, H (11) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.13 11 6
Koji Uehara, S (20) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.58 11 7
Team Totals 9 5 1 1 4 4 0 1.00 126 74

Balks: None.
WP: R De La Rosa (2).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

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Tags: Alcides Escobar Danny Duffy Eric Hosmer Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals Mike Napoli

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