Jul 24, 2013 12:59 AM by Andrew Masuda
Just thirteen months removed from elbow reconstructive surgery, Lompoc native Danny Duffy continues to show signs he is ready to return to the Major Leagues. The 24 year old left-handed pitcher started for Omaha, the Triple-A club of the Kansas City Royals against Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
The Cabrillo High graduate did not yield a hit through four innings. He made one mistake in the fifth inning and it resulted in a 3-run home run by Jimmy Paredes that gave OKC the led 3-2. Duffy settled down from there and left the game after the sixth inning.
He allowed 2 hits, 3 runs and 3 walks in 5 innings. He struck out 6 and reached as high as 99 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun. He threw 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
Duffy received a no-decision as the Storm Chasers tied it in the bottom of the ninth and won 4-3 in 11 innings.
Duffy has made 12 appearances now in the minor leagues this season. He is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA over 53 innings. He's allowed 7 home runs, 22 walks and struck out 61. He was coming off a start in Double-A where he set a franchise single game record with 13 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The lefty is building his case for a return to the major leagues. He's 6-10 in 26 career starts for the Kansas City Royals.
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