Danny Duffy pitched a good game through five innings but then the home run ball took over in Toronto as it often does. In all, Duffy allowed three runs on seven hits and just one walk in 6.2 innings. He blanked the Blue Jays through the first five innings before allowing a two-run home run to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the sixth inning to tie the game. Another solo home run in the seventh was all the Blue Jays would need in a 6-2 Royals loss.
Wily Peralta and Tim Hill pitched out of the bullpen in this game and also allowed runs off of the home run ball. In all, the Blue Jays scored all six of their runs on home runs but that’s kind of how Major League Baseball works these days.
The Royals’ offense matched the Blue Jays with nine hits but could only manage two runs to Toronto’s six. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a solo home run by Martin Maldonado. They stretched it to 2-0 in the sixth on an Alex Gordon single to center after a Nicky Lopez double.
Nicky Lopez is feeling better at the plate these days. He seems to get a hit in every game right now. After starting his major league career on fire he struggled mightily and his average dropped to around .200. He has looked much better lately and has upped his average back to .237.
Alex Gordon is also doing better at the plate recently. He started off the season on fire before going ice cold. Three hits in this game improved his OPS to .806. Gordon got one of the two Royals RBI’s in this game.
Cheslor Cuthbert had two more hits in this game. His OPS is uppitiest to .817. If the Royals have an important at bat, Cuthbert is the person you want at the plate right behind Whit Merrifield.
Martin Maldonado continued his hot hitting. Maldonado went 3-for-4 in this game including a solo home run in the fifth that put the Royals up 1-0.