Danny Duffy threw 106 pitches in six innings but held the Los Angeles Angels to one run to help the Royals to a 5-1 win to salvage one game in the three game series. The bullpen pitched the final three innings without allowing a run. The offense put up five runs on two hits from both Nicky Lopez and Adalberto Mondesi. This kind of game was very nice to see. These have been few and far between lately for the Royals. They get Monday off before playing the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday.
Nicky Lopez had another multi-hit game. His defense was just as good. He backhanded a ground ball in the third behind second and threw out the batter at first.
Adalberto Mondesi got another RBI with a base hit to right field in the third to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
Hunter Dozier doubled to right center in the third to score two and increase the Royals’ lead to 3-0.
Danny Duffy‘s 17.7 pitches per inning is a little higher than you would like but if he can go six innings and allow just one run you will take that every game. He allowed five hits and walked three to give him a WHIP of 1.33 on the day. He struck out five in his six innings. This was an extremely positive outing for Duffy.
Scott Barlow did what he has been doing for a while now. He pitched a scoreless inning and lowered his ERA to 2.01.
Jake Diekman struck out the three batters he faced in a scoreless eighth inning. Diekman has really put together some good outings since a rough start to the season.
Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth to end the game for the Royals. He is Ned Yost’s closer right now and for good reason. Kennedy is pitching pretty well right now.