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Danny Duffy flirted with a perfect game

May 18, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

Danny Duffy AP

The Royals’ Danny Duffy carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Orioles yesterday. Unfortunately it ended in the top of the seventh, when Adam Jones singled up the middle.

Still a fantastic performance for Duffy, as Kansas City’s lefty allowed just two hits and didn’t walk anyone. And it wasn’t just cool, it was needed: O’s pitchers held the Royals to only one run, and Duffy’s zeroes gave KC the 1-0 win.

Duffy’s ERA is now 1.42, and he finally has a win as a starter under his belt for 2014 following two pretty good outings that ended up in losses. I presume after this he’s in the rotation to stay.

  1. renaado - May 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    DD is certainly on a role this season, if only the Royal bats were out there to score some runs and support his outings.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Everyone on a team has a role to play, and Duffy is on a roll.

      • renaado - May 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Damn! Thanks for the heads up, really missed that.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 18, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        No sweat. It’s why there is a need for copy editors, because it’s hard to catch our own misteaks.

  2. roundballsquarebox24 - May 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    This was a stunning performance. However, I think that there needs to be something said about the defense behind him. Duffy made some really good pitches, but he also made a few mistakes and was bailed out by some pretty amazing plays. This was an overall fantastic team effort to get the shutout.

    • jimmythesmith - May 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      it was only a week or two ago,, danny;s last outing or one before,, everyone was really bashing this guy bad on these forums,, every one, even james can have a bad day pitching,, and here goes danny against a fantastic offensive and pitching team… go man go.

  3. thefugitivekind - May 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I believe Danny Duffy still has minor league options. So – not to be too cynical – but he’s in the rotation as long as he pitches well. His previous year’s numbers aren’t all that great.

    • thefugitivekind - May 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Meant to say “previous years’ ” – referring to 2011-2013. Just his last year’s MLB numbers – 2013 – were excellent but in a very small sample size.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    That Danny Duffy is such a flirt. The last time I saw him pitch, he was very bad.

  5. timmons94 - May 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    The play by Gordon was amazing. The royals bats once again really awful

  6. crmtide96 - May 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    If Ned can stop being loyal to undeserving vets (I’m looking at you Bruce Chen and Jeremy Gutherie) and GMDM has the balls to call up top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer, this rotation has a chance to be exceptionally good….

    Shields
    Vargas
    Ventura
    Duffy
    Zimmer

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Zimmer has yet to pitch this year, I think you’re looking at 2 months minimum before any realistic shot of him pitching in KC

  7. cohnjusack - May 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Tough break for Duffy, but if there’s one thing we learned, the Duffy’s are a persistent people.

    • moogro - May 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Oh, the Mayhem.

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