Duffy has no answer for Twins' heavy hitters

'You have to tip your cap when a team has a game like that against you'

August 4th, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy could not slow down Minnesota's home run parade.

The Twins, who came into the game with an MLB-leading 211 home runs, bashed five more -- three by Nelson Cruz -- in an 11-3 romp over the Royals on Saturday at Target Field. The game was delayed 1 hour, 22 minutes by rain.

The Royals have lost five straight and eight of nine.

Duffy gave up four home runs in the first two innings and trailed 7-2. The four home runs allowed matched a career high by Duffy -- he did the same on May 2 last season at Boston.

“It was definitely more than a forgettable night,” Duffy said. “I ran into a hot lineup and I didn’t make the pitches when I needed to.

Cruz hit a two-run shot in the first inning on a 2-1 changeup. C.J. Cron belted a 2-0 fastball to center for his 19th home run in the second inning.

Later in the inning, Jorge Polanco lined a 2-0 fastball just fair down the left-field line for a three-run jack. Cruz followed by crushing an 0-2 slider an estimated 466 feet per Statcast, his 29th home run this season (he would hit his third of the night and 30th on the year four innings later).

“The guy [Cruz] is a professional hitter,” Duffy said. “I can’t make those mistakes to those guys. And they didn’t even have one of their best hitters in [Eddie] Rosario in their lineup.

“They had a really good game against me. I didn’t give up but I wasn’t at all pleased with the results…They saw me good today. You have to tip your cap when a team has a game like that against you.”

Royals manager Ned Yost was somewhat in awe of the Twins’ power as well.

"They're not very forgiving,” Yost said. “Nelson Cruz is swinging the bat really well right now. I mean, he's not missing anything. You throw something that's got a little too much of the plate, and you're going to regret it."

Duffy had previously pitched well at Target Field -- in 10 prior games here (8 starts), he had a 2.63 ERA.

“I certainly have had some success here, but every new day in the bigs you got to do your job,” Duffy said. “That mound was a very lonely spot in the second inning. It was a very poor performance when I needed to be good for my team.”

belted his 29th homer this season for the Royals in the second inning. It traveled an estimated 465 feet, his longest in the Statcast era.