The Kansas City Royals jerseys’ left hander matched a career high with nine strikeouts and scattered five hits over seven plus shutout innings in a 9 1 victory over the Chicago White Sox jerseys on Saturday.
His previous outing in Chicago didn’t go well at all. Duffy injured his elbow in the first inning on May 13, 2012. Soon after he had Tommy John surgery and missed about a year.
“I’ve been waiting to come back here for a long time,” Duffy said. “It’s just nice to come out and do my job in this city and in this setting.”
The victory was the sixth straight for the Royals jerseys while the White Sox jerseys dropped their ninth in 10 games against Kansas City.
Royals jerseys manager Ned Yost said there was a lot to like about Duffy’s complete effort.
“For four innings he was really efficient, he really kept his pitch count down,” Yost said. “He had everything working: his fastball, his breaking ball, had a good changeup and had a really, really good defense behind him.”
cheap Mike Moustakas jersey homered among his three hits as the Royals jerseys won their second straight in this weekend series.
The Royals jerseys scored five times in the fourth four with none out to chase Chicago starter Hector Noesi (2 5).
Noesi allowed five runs two earned and eight hits while walking one and striking out four.
“To be able to put five runs on the board was big,” Yost said. “We’ve had a couple of big innings the last week or 10 days. Early in the year we get something going we get one or two out of it. Now that we’re swinging the bats better we’re getting four or five.”
Duffy last struck out nine on June 19, 2011, at St. Louis. He’s now 2 0 against Chicago.
Duffy departed in the eighth inning after a leadoff single by cheap Adam Eaton jersey.
White Sox jerseys designated hitter Paul Konerko spoiled the shutout with a homer off cheap Michael Mariot jersey to open the ninth.
Two runs scored in the five run fourth when third baseman cheap Leury Garcia jersey bobbled cheap Lorenzo Cain jersey’s grounder for an error. Moustakas then singled to shallow center for another run.
cheap Alcides Escobar jersey’s base hit extended his hitting streak to a career high 12 games and loaded the bases for the second time in the inning. The Royals jerseys’ fourth run came on Nori Aoki’s double play grounder. cheap Omar Infante jersey then lined a two out single to left, driving in Moustakas for a 5 0 lead.
Noesi was chased in favor of right hander reliever cheap Javy Guerra jersey with two outs in the fourth.
“Hector, he’s been good for us and he’s always given us a chance, but we have to help him out on occasion,” White Sox jerseys manager Robin Ventura said. “If we’re not helping him on defense, it’s going to make a difference. That’s a recipe to lose a game in a hurry.”
Moustakas’ homer in the eighth inning was his sixth of the season. He finished with two RBIs and two runs scored.
cheap Eric Hosmer jersey had an RBI double to left to start a three run ninth. Butler’s one out homer to right made it 9 0.
Despite giving up an eighth inning single to Eaton, Duffy’s shutout was preserved after Eaton was thrown out authentic jerseys wholesale at home by Aoki in a play overturned following a review. Escobar was in Saturday’s lineup despite having cramps and leaving Friday’s game.
Kansas City has scored first in each game of its current six game winning streak.
Royals jerseys right hander cheap James Shields jersey (7 3, 3.44 ERA) makes his 15th start of the season in Sunday’s series finale against White Sox jerseys right hander cheap Andre Rienzo jersey (4 3, 5.25 ERA), making his 11th start.
After going 63 99 in 2013, Ventura is pleased to have his team in contention this year, but he won’t project beyond Saturday. “We’re not going to look that far down the road,” he said.