Royals Report: KC Wins 2nd Straight Series Behind Danny Duffy Gem
By John Viril
The Royals won their second straight series for the first time since mid-June by downing the Chicago White Sox 2-1 at Kauffman Stadium. Starter Danny Duffy pitched his first career complete game Thursday night to lead the Royals to the win.
The Kansas City Royals improved to 55-59 with the 2-1 victory. KC remains 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, but did take over third place in the division. The Chicago White Sox dropped to 54-60 and fell to fourth place in the Central.
What can we say? The KC Royals rode ace Danny Duffy‘s left arm to a 2-1 series win over the Chicago White Sox by taking the rubber game Thursday night. Duffy overpowered the White Sox with pinpoint control. He pitched a complete game, allowing 7 hits, 0 walks, and 1 earned run with 6 strikeouts.
The White Sox managed to string three, two-out singles together to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Center fielder Adam Eaton’s RBI single came just after Chicago starter Miguel Gonzalez left the game with an injury after finishing the first inning.
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White Sox long man Michael Ynoa held Kansas City in check for three innings before Carson Fulmer allowed the boys in blue to plate two runs in the sixth.
Jarrod Dyson opened the frame with a leadoff walk and stole second despite a pitch-out. Paulo Orlando grounded to pitcher, which allowed Dyson to advance to third. Then Cheslor Cuthbert blasted a triple into the right-center gap that rolled to the wall and tied the game at 1-1. Eric Hosmer reached out to dink a pitch on the outside corner over the head of Chicago third baseman Todd Frazier to score Cuthbert. Hosmer’s RBI single give the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 lead.
That’s all the run support Danny Duffy needed.
Duffy’s complete game allowed him to go 9-1 on the season. He lowered his season ERA to 2.82. Duffy has taken over as the American League ERA leader among qualified starting pitchers.
Yeah, I guess there really isn’t much more doubt that Danny Duffy qualifies as a bona fide ace.
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Kansas City is now 4-1 since #RallyMantis took up residence in the Kansas City dugout. The team almost has to take her along on their upcoming road trip to Minnesota. With the Royals winning back-to-back series for the first time in nearly two months, no one is going to tempt fate by leaving their pet praying mantis behind.