Royals lose as Duffy keeps scuffling

The KC Royals lost on the road in Goodyear to Cincinnati, 4-2.

Danny Duffy

Royals lefty starter Danny Duffy during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

It was another rough outing for Danny Duffy, who is vying for a roster spot. With the way he has been pitching this spring, it is more likely that Duffy will be headed to Triple-A.

Duffy entered the game in the seventh of a 2-2 tie. He threw 20 pitches, just eight strikes. He allowed a leadoff single and then a wild pitch. After a walk, Duffy got a bunt pop up. Another wild pitch put runners in scoring position, but then Duffy induced a ground ball in which newly inserted Whit Merrifield at second base got the out at home.

It looked like Duffy might escape unscathed, but another walk loaded the bases and a two-run single broke the tie. He finally escaped with another ground out.

 

The positives:

  • The Royals collected seven hits, two each from Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Omar Infante. Infante even stole a base. Esky and Hosmer both doubled.
  • Backup catcher candidate Tony Cruz collected his first hit of the spring, a single in the seventh.
  • Alex Gordon collected an outfield assist when Ivan DeJesus Jr tried to stretch a single into a double to lead off the 2nd inning.
  • Kelvin Herrera threw another perfect inning of relief, as he induced two ground outs.

 

The middle ground:

  • Starter Ian Kennedy allowed two runs on seven hits, a walk, and a hit batter over four innings. He struck out two. The only inning Kennedy was not in trouble was the second, thanks to Gordon’s assist.
  • Wade Davis was a little shaky in the fifth, allowing a hit, two stolen bases, and a walk.

 

The negatives:

  • Cruz grounded into another double play and had a passed ball. The Reds also stole two bases off him.
  • The Royals bench did not collect a hit.

 

*Former Royal Brandon Finnegan got the start for the Reds and got into the 5th inning (4.1 innings). He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four. One of the runs scored after he was pulled.

**Amalani Fukofuka pinch ran in the seventh for Cruz and went in to play defense in center field.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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