Sunday wasn’t a total loss for Royals starter Danny Duffy.
He surrendered three homers in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also secured the second hit of his career, bouncing a single up the middle in the fifth inning against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
“Just tie your hands together and give you a blindfold,” Duffy said. “That’s what (Royals video coordinator Mark Topping) always says.”
Kershaw finished with a complete game on just 99 pitches. He is a three-time Cy Young Award winner.
“I was pleased,” Duffy said of the hit. “It would be a lot cooler if I wouldn’t have given it up today. But down the road, I’m sure I’ll be able to look back on this and tell my grandkids that I got a hit off the best pitcher of all time. So that’s kind of cool.”
Watch Duffy’s hit off Kershaw here.
Duffy was making his first-ever start at Dodger Stadium, just 150 miles from his hometown of Lompoc, Calif. On Friday, he reminisced about his childhood experiences during a pregame stroll around the field.
“I gave myself that opportunity the first day we got here,” he said. “I just went out to center field and just looked around. I looked at the seats that I sat in when I was kid.”