Update #2 (9:28 PM EDT): The Royals added more run support for Duffy in the top of the eighth, tacking on two runs to make it a 3-0 game. But it wasn’t enough. Desmond Jennings doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth to end Duffy’s no-hit bid. Duffy got through the inning with two more strikeouts, running his total up to 16 through eight frames and setting a Royals single-game record.
Update (9:01 PM EDT): He’s through seven without allowing a hit. In the bottom of the seventh, he got Brad Miller to fly out, then struck out Evan Longoria and Steven Souza, Jr. He has 14 strikeouts and 97 pitches.
Royals starter Danny Duffy has held the Rays hitless through six innings on Monday night at Tropicana Field. The lefty has walked one and struck out 12 batters on 84 pitches.
Duffy came into Monday night’s start with a 3.22 ERA and a 110/22 K/BB ratio in 100 2/3 innings.
DH Kendrys Morales broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning to give Duffy the lead, blasting a solo home run to center field off of Rays starter Chris Archer. Archer has otherwise been sharp, yielding the lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
2016 has seen only one no-hitter, authored by Cubs ace Jake Arrieta on April 21 against the Reds. The last no-hitter thrown by a Royals hitter was Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991 against the White Sox. The Rays were last victims of a no-hitter on August 15, 2012, when Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tossed a perfect game.
We’ll keep you updated as Duffy attempts to navigate the final three innings without yielding a hit.