LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Danny Duffy put together an impressive performance Wednesday, even if most of the batters he faced were minor leaguers.
Duffy struck out seven in three perfect innings, helping the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres in the spring finale for each team.
The 23-year-old left-hander is one of Kansas City's top prospects.
"I don't care who it was against, he looked like the quality pitcher we think he is," manager Ned Yost said. "He was phenomenal. He was banging pitches down in the zone, had tremendous stuff.
"I think you're going to see some brilliance. He's so much better now than a year ago."
Terry Evans and Mario Sisson hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning for the Royals.
Fill-in starter Matt Palmer pitched four solid innings for the Padres, yielding two hits and unearned run.
Palmer subbed for Tim Stauffer, who has a strained triceps. The right-hander, who has appeared in 60 games in parts of four major league seasons, got up at 4 a.m. for a light to Phoenix. After a long layover, he flew into California and took a cab to Lake Elsinore, the home of one of San Diego's Class-A affiliates.
"It was a $120 cab ride to the ballpark, and I asked the driver to stop at a sandwich shop. He said he had a great place." Palmer said. "It turned out to be a Mexican place. So I got two tacos and we were on our way."
Palmer signed with the Padres as a free agent in December and had a decent chance to make the club. But he pulled a hamstring three weeks into camp and was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.
He struck out two and walked one against Kansas City.
"It wasn't an ordeal getting here, but it was a long process," Palmer said. "The biggest thing was that I showed the coaches on the major league side what I can do. I showed them I have some intensity, that my arm is strong, and that I'm healthy.
"I'm glad they gave me this opportunity, even if it was a long way to go."
Minor league catcher Eddy Rodriguez hit a solo homer for the Padres in the seventh.
The Padres host the Los Angeles Dodgers in their first regular-season game on Thursday.
The Royals open the season Friday night at the Los Angeles Angels.
|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.366|
|Jason Bourgeois, LF||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.262|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.371|
|Mitch Maier, CF||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.245|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.398|
|Jamie Romak, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.444|
|Billy Butler, DH||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||.414|
|a- Scott Fletcher, PH-DH||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.455|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.240|
|Terry Evans, RF||2||1||1||2||0||1||0||.333|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.240|
|b- Mario Lisson, PH-3B||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||.400|
|Brayan Pena, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.327|
|Humberto Quintero, C||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Ryan Eigsti, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Chris Getz, 2B||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|c- Anthony Seratelli, PH-2B||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.318|
|Alex McClure, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|a-tripled for Butler in the 6th|
|b-homered for Moustakas in the 6th|
|c-grounded out for Getz in the 6th|
|2B - Billy Butler (8, Palmer)|
|3B - Scott Fletcher (1, Sullivan)|
|HR - Terry Evans (2, Sullivan), Mario Lisson (1, Sullivan)|
|RBI - Jason Bourgeois (3), Billy Butler (15), Terry Evans 2 (3), Mario Lisson (1), Anthony Seratelli (1)|
|SB - Jeff Francoeur (2, 2nd base off Palmer/Baker), Mario Lisson (1, 3rd base off Carvajal/Rodriguez), Anthony Seratelli (1, 2nd base off Carvajal/Rodriguez)|
|CS - Lorenzo Cain (2, 2nd base by Palmer/Baker), Mitch Maier (2, 2nd base by Sullivan/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Luis Mendoza (1, Throwing)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Danny Duffy (W,1-2)||3||0||0||0||0||7||0||6.75|
|Francisley Bueno (H,2)||1||2||1||1||0||1||1||5.40|
|Brandon Sisk (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Roman Colon (S,1)||1||3||2||2||0||0||0||9.00|
|HBP - Stubblefield (by Brandon Sisk)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luis Mendoza 31-23, Tim Collins 3-3, Danny Duffy 23-23, Francisley Bueno 11-10, Brandon Sisk 9-8, Roman Colon 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Mendoza 2-2, Danny Duffy 1-1, Francisley Bueno 1-1, Brandon Sisk 1-0, Roman Colon 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Luis Mendoza 15, Tim Collins 1, Danny Duffy 9, Francisley Bueno 5, Brandon Sisk 5, Roman Colon 6|
|San Diego Padres|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||.156|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.306|
|Everett Williams, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Will Venable, RF||2||0||1||2||0||0||1||.349|
|Andy Parrino, SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.221|
|Michael Wing, PR-SS||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Chase Headley, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.224|
|Cory Spangenberg, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Christian Bisson, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|Jesus Guzman, DH||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.308|
|a- Luis Domoromo, PH-DH||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.167|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.312|
|Connor Powers, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Kyle Blanks, LF-RF||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.325|
|Tyler Stubblefield, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||.161|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Chris Denorfia, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.323|
|Eddy Rodriguez, C||2||1||1||1||0||1||2||.250|
|John Baker, C||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.209|
|Rico Noel, CF||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|a-struck out for Guzman in the 5th|
|2B - Will Venable (7, Mendoza), Michael Wing (1, Colon), Jesus Guzman (2, Mendoza), Kyle Blanks (3, Mendoza)|
|HR - Eddy Rodriguez (1, Bueno)|
|RBI - Will Venable 2 (8), Michael Wing (1), Luis Domoromo (1), Eddy Rodriguez (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Will Venable 2 (5)|
|SB - Will Venable (9, 2nd base off Mendoza/B. Pena), Michael Wing (1, 2nd base off Bueno/Eigsti)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Christian Bisson (1, Misplayed grounder), Yefri Carvajal (1, Throwing), Everett Williams (1, Dropped fly)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Jerry Sullivan (BS,1; L,0-1)||2||4||5||5||1||0||2||22.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Palmer 23-18, Jerry Sullivan 19-11, Matthew Andriese 12-12, Yefri Carvajal 18-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Palmer 6-4, Jerry Sullivan 4-2, Matthew Andriese 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Palmer 15, Jerry Sullivan 11, Matthew Andriese 6, Yefri Carvajal 6|
|Attendance - 3946|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Jordan Baker|