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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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.
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.