Kansas City Royals Fall 5-1 as Danny Duffy Struggles


Danny Duffy lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs in the process, as the Kansas City Royals dropped the second game of a three game series to the Indians 5-1 Wednesday night.

Duffy, who gave up six hits and walked two in his limited work, struggled out of the gate, giving up a home run to Francisco Lindor just one batter into the contest, making it 1-0 Indians in the first.

Duffy then retired the first two Indians in the bottom of the 2nd, before the next four Indians reached.

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After a single and a walk, Jason Kipnis drove in Abraham Almonte to make it a 2-0 game before a wild pitch put runners on first and second for Lindor, who proceeded to drive both of them in on a single, making it 4-0. Lindor was at it again in the bottom of the 4th, this time off of former starter Jeremy Guthrie, singling in Mike Aviles to make it a 5-0 game.

While Guthrie did his part to keep the Royals in the game, allowing only one run in 4.2 innings of work, the Royals offense was stagnant, scattering just four hits while striking out seven times off of starter Danny Salazar over his seven innings of work. One of those hits was a Mike Moustakas solo home run in the top of the 7th, which proved to be the Royals only run of the night.

The loss marked the 11th of the month for the Royals, making them 5-11 during the month of September, a truly troubling sign as they head towards the postseason.

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