Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Danny Duffy dominates as Yankees unable to complete sweep vs. Royals

Danny Duffy dominates as Yankees unable to complete sweep vs. Royals

When things are going this well, you can't wait to toe the rubber. This would improve the Yankees 1.5 game above in first place in the American League East, padding their lead over the struggling Baltimore Orioles. The Royals open a 10-game trip Friday in Minnesota, starting RHP Nathan Karns. Aaron Judge scored two runs, bringing his total to an American League-leading 32. Michael Pineda started for the Yankees and quickly got the job done when he was able to get the defensive side of the Yankees up to 6-0 before allowing a two-run homer by Salvador Perez, making it 6-2 in the 4th inning.

Fantasy Impact Walks are an issue for Montgomery in his young Major League Baseball career, as he has walked multiple batters in six of his seven starts, and now he has allowed a home run in back-to-back starts.

From Duffy's first pitch Thursday, this was his game.

Until Thursday, the Yankees were doing most of the scoring in the series, plating 18 while pounding out 29 hits. First base umpire Jim Reynolds called him out.

Duffy's slider put the Yankees in a rut. The Yanks challenged and won.

Montgomery (2-3, 4.81 ERA) was hurt by the Yankee defense in the second inning, then by the long ball in the fifth. Mike Minor handled the eighth and Kelvin Herrera surrendered a run in the ninth. He struck out seven and walked just one in the loss. They pounded their 59th home run through their first 37 games, and scored seven or more runs for the fourth consecutive game. Montgomery gave up a three-run homer to Brian McCann in the third inning and an RBI single to Carlos Correa in the fourth. The Dangerous Whit Merrifield (name change pending) and Drew Butera drove in Eric Hosmer and Jorger Soler on back-to-back singles in the second.

Drew Butera punched a line single to right, perhaps too hard to score Soler from second. If Montgomery is demoted very soon, Green is a lock is a near lock to get a shot to build on his eight big-league starts last season, some of which were very good.

Whit Merrifield won the battle of SC alums with a run-producing single to center off Montgomery. Kansas City committed two errors for the first time this season. A win tonight would make that 7-3 over their last 10, a nice move towards relevance.

But instead of relying on the three-run homer, the Yankees have lengthened their lineup with top-to-bottom production.

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