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Duffy shines again as Royals take the series victory

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Danny Duffy lowers his ERA to 0.39 with five scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers.
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Your league leader in ERA: Daniel Richard Duffy.

I’m not sure if him wearing Yordano Ventura’s #30 on his back is like a superman cape or what. But whatever the left-hander is doing; he should keep doing it. Duffy now has a 0.39 ERA through his first four starts.

Duffy went five innings, allowing zero runs on just four singles. Duffy had the Tigers batters off balance throughout the outing resulting in another 8 strikeout performance.

The veteran did benefit from some help from his pal, Salvador Perez, throwing out the stealing Nike Goodrum in the fourth. The next two batters singled which ultimately would have scored Goodrum. Duffy ended the fourth inning striking out Willi Castro stranding runners on 1st and 3rd.

The Royals hitter took the momentum from that strikeout to score the first run of the game. Michael A. Taylor led off the inning with a single to right field. Nicky Lopez sac bunted Taylor to 2nd. A few pitches later, Taylor stole third. Merrifield completed the 2014 style rally with a bloop single over second base.

Hunter Dozier added another run with his 109 mph blast to left field with two outs and nobody on in the sixth inning.

After Duffy departed, Kyle Zimmer came in and quickly sat down the three hitters he faced for a scoreless 6th.

Jake Brentz continues his impressive season coming out of the bullpen. Allowing just one hit over his career long two innings pitched.

The Royals added some insurance in the top of the ninth. Nicky Lopez started it off with a seeing eye single to left, then advancing to second on a wild pitch. Whit got his second hit of the day with an infield knock. Merrifield then stole second for the second time today. Carlos Santana then came up clutch with a single scoring the two speedsters.

With a 4-0 lead, Wade Davis closed the door giving the Royals at best the series victory. They will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.