Kansas City Royals LHP Danny Duffy dominated the St Louis Cardinals tonight, holding the Cards to just one hit and one walk through six innings. The Royals got to Cardinals starter Shelby Miller for four runs in his six innings, and went on to win the game 6-0.
This was a much-needed rebound for Duffy, who had been knocked around by the Astros and the Angels in his last two outings. He had given up five runs in each of those previous outings in only 10 innings pitched.
To say this was unexpected is fair, but Duffy has had a pretty good run since joining the Royals’ starting rotation. He has now given up one run or less in four of his six starts.
The only hit that Duffy surrendered on the night was a single to St Louis left fielder Matt Holiday with two outs in the first inning. Holliday later advanced to second on a wild pitch, but was stranded there when Allen Craig flied out to end the inning.
The Royals’ four-seven hitters propelled them and Duffy to victory. Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain, and Mike Moustakas went a combined 6-14 with a homer and five RBI.
This gem pushed Duffy’s record on the season to 3-5. He will take the hill next against the New York Yankees on Saturday at Kaufmann Stadium to try to earn win number four.