Danny Duffy retired the first six batters he faced in just 13 pitches. In the third he allowed a triple to Roberto Perez who then scored on a wild pitch to give the Cleveland Indians a 1-0 lead. That was all the Indians needed in this one since the offense failed to score a single run.
Through five innings both teams had three hits. Unfortunately, the Indians had two run to show for their work. The Royals were scoreless. Cleveland scored two more in the eighth off of Kevin McCarthy to build what seemed like an insurmountable lead, and it was.
Whit Merrifield had two hits in the game. Who’s surprised? Whit is one of the best hitters in baseball.
Alex Gordon had two hits in the game and raised his OPS to .790. Gordon’s out was on a called third strike outside the zone with which Gordon as clearly frustrated.
Hunter Dozier missed a tag on a play at third in which Roberto Perez tripled to lead off the third. That’s twice in two games that Dozier missed a tag that should have been an out. This one was much easier than last night’s attempt, but Dozier needs to tag around the bag rather than reaching for the player.
Danny Duffy allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings on six hits and five walks. Three of those walks came in the seventh. The five walks was can’t have that. Duffy was fortunate to only allow the two runs. The bottom line was a good start for Duffy that could have been much worse.