One night after battering the NY Yankees for 12 runs, the KC Royals lost at home to those same Yankees, 5-1.
The Royals received another poor start from Danny Duffy. Poor enough for reporters to ask manager Ned Yost after the game if Duffy would stick in the rotation. He did not have an answer.
It’s not that Duffy was getting hit all over the ballpark. He struggled to throw strikes (113 pitches, 66 for strikes) and he committed a throwing error.
Duffy allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over five innings. Chase Headley hit a two out, three-run homer in the 5th inning off Duffy.
One night after making his season debut in the Majors with a scoreless inning of relief, Aaron Brooks was sent back to Triple-A to make room for veteran Joe Blanton, who had an opt-out date on Friday. With his numbers in Omaha, I am sure other teams were interested.
Lefty Brian Flynn was placed on the 60-day DL after pitching in just one game so far this season for Omaha.
Blanton was the feel good story of the night, as he saved the bullpen with four innings of relief. He allowed a run on five hits and it came on Alex Rodriguez’ homer in the ninth.
The Royals offense was held in check by CC Sabathia, who had been 0-5 to start the season, but has now won his last two starts. He allowed the one run on six hits over seven innings and struck out five. Paulo Orlando had two of the hits.
The Royals scored in the third after three straight singles started the inning. Mike Moustakas drove in the lone run with a sac fly.
Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each threw a perfect inning of relief.