Danny Duffy didn’t get the win but he pitched really well for six innings. He allowed just five hits, one walk and one earned run en route to lowering his ERA to 3.12 on the season. Hunter Dozier had four hits including his 11th home run of the season and increased his RBI total to 32. Ian Kennedy blew the save by allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth but Whit Merrifield came through with a walk-off hit in the tenth scoring Billy Hamilton.
The bottom of the order led the way in this game. The bottom five batters were responsible for 11 of the 14 hits, all four home runs and seven of the eight runs batted in.
Nicky Lopez made an outstanding play in the third. He fielded a ground ball up the middle and threw back to first while still moving toward left field. His one bounce throw beat the runner for the second out of the inning. He was hitless at the plate but his glove gave him something positive to take from this game.
Whit Merrifield reached second base on an error by Clint Frazier in the third inning. Yesterday we saw too many Royals missing out on bases because they didn’t hustle and assumed defensive plays would be made. Whit Merrifield almost always runs hard and it paid off for him in this situation. … Whit knocked in Billy Hamilton in the tenth with the winning run.
Adalberto Mondesi doubled to left field in the fifth against the shift on a check swing. … Mondesi made another bad throw to first on a routine ground ball. He pulled the throw to the left. He has had a habit of doing this. The error came with two outs in the inning. Two batters later Gleyber Torres hit a three-run home run.
Hunter Dozier hit his 11th home run of the season in the fifth with Mondesi on third to give the Royals a 6-1 lead. … Dozier hit what should have been a double in the seventh down the third base line but the ball hit the third base umpire which held him to a single. … Dozier had a four hit day.
Jorge Soler followed up Dozier’s fifth inning home run with a long home run of his own. The solo blast gave the Royals a 7-1 lead.
Ryan O’Hearn hit an opposite field home run just inside the left field foul pole in the fourth to give the Royals a 4-1 lead.
Martin Maldonado hit a two-out three-run home run to left in the second to give the Royals a 3-1 lead. … In the fourth Maldonado hit a single to center. … In the ninth, Maldonado caught a foul tip by Brett Gardner that initially hit Maldonado’s glove and popped up into the air. Maldonado ran and caught the ball to get the strikeout.
Billy Hamilton hit a line drive single to the opposite field (left field) in the fourth. … Hamilton walked in the tenth and ended up scoring the winning run on a Whit Merrifield hit.
Danny Duffy cruised until two outs in the sixth. Mondesi had a throwing error that extended the sixth inning. Two batters later Gleyber Torres hit a two-run home run to cut the Royals lead to 7-4. That would end up being Duffy’s last inning. It was a good outing for Danny Duffy and something he can hopefully continue to build on in his next start.
Ian Kennedy attempted to get the save by pitching the ninth. Instead he allowed three runs on four hits and one walk. Kennedy is a relief pitcher for this year and next year if the Royals are not able to trade him. He will not be a part of the next championship push.