Kansas City’s Duffy dominates Rays hitters

by Gary Shelton on August 2, 2016 · 0 comments

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Archer pitched well, but lost his 15th game in 20 decisions.

Archer pitched well, but lost his 15th game in 20 decisions.

Tuesday, 5:30 a.m.

Who knew that the Rays would trade the only two guys responsible for bringing the bats?

Evidently, Steve Pearce and Brandon Guyer, traded out of the Rays' starting lineup Monday night, were responsible for the sticks provided by the Rays? How else would Danny Duffy have dominated the Rays so thoroughly?

Duffy allowed only one hit — a double to lead off the eighth by Desmond Jennings – in a 16-strikeout performance against the Rays. Duffy, 7-1, allowed only one other baserunner, a fourth-inning walk to Logan Forsythe. Duffy was six outs away from no-hitting the Rays for the sixth time.

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Danny Duffy pitched a gem for Kansas City.

Danny Duffy pitched a gem for Kansas City.

"Duffy had everything going, obviously," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. "Electric fastball and a wipeout changeup, mixed in an occasional curveball. Obviously he gave us a lot of trouble, and from the side you could definitely see why. A quiet night offensively.”

Chris Archer matched zeroes into the seventh inning, but ended up giving up three runs. It was enough to lead to Archer's 15th loss -- most in the majors -- against five wins. A solo homer by Kendrys Morales broke the tie.

"(The Trade Deadline) didn’t carry over for me," said Archer. "It was disappointing, a frustrating day, emotional day like you said. But I don’t know if that’s why we lost the game. I’d probably say that’s not the reason we lost the game. That dude (Duffy) was on.”

Archer summed up how he pitched quickly.

"Not good enough to win,” he said.

Jennings was just off the disabled list when breaking up the no-hitter.

Jennings was just off the disabled list when breaking up the no-hitter.

Tampa Bay was shut out for the eighth time on the season.

Desmond Jennings hit a 1-1 pitch to left for the team's only hit. Logan Forsythe walked on a full count in the fourth.

"My fastball was jumping out of my hand, my changeup felt really good and my slider was there, so one of the few and far between times that somebody has all of their pitches working the way they want it, so it was good," Duffy said. "I could feel it coming out of my hand really well [in the bullpen], but I don’t really put my foot on the gas in the bullpen until like the last three pitches; I’m trying to keep the reserves as long as I can for outings like this.”

The Rays have now lost 11 of their last 12 against the Royals.

Matt Andriese will pitch for the Rays tonight against Yordano Ventura.

Forsythe walked on a full count to become a baserunner.

Forsythe walked on a full count to become a baserunner.

 

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