The KC Royals won their fourth straight and guarantee another series victory over the Minnesota Twins with an 8-1 win. Danny Duffy returned to the big leagues and was great.
Duffy allowed just five hits over 6.2 innings and left the game with a man on base. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. 73 of his 103 pitches were strikes.
All of the hits Duffy allowed were singles and he allowed one each over the first three innings. He then retired eight in a row before allowing another single in the sixth. A two out single in the seventh chased him from the game, but Luke Hochevar (who returned from paternity leave) got a fly out to end the inning.
The game was scoreless until the third, as the Royals were once again baffled by Twins rookie Andy Albers. However, Alex Gordon delivered a two out solo home run in the 3rd inning. Salvador Perez would hit a two-run shot in the fourth to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. Perez would later add another two-run homer in the eighth.
*To make room for Duffy and Hochevar, Wade Davis and Louis Coleman were sent to High-A Wilmington. Davis is expected to throw two innings on Saturday, while Coleman will throw an inning in one of the Blue Rocks’ doubleheaders on Thursday and then again on Saturday. Both are expected to be recalled on September 3rd.