Vargas pitches Royals to 2-0 win over Bumgarner, Giants

Ellen Mills
April 20, 2017

He's getting the same spectacular results.

It was the 12th straight start Vargas (3-0) had allowed two runs or fewer, extending his own franchise record for a left-hander.

"I think he's even better now", Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Vargas scattered four hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks before turning it over to Joakim Soria, who pitched a flawless eighth.

Joakim Soria pitched a flawless eighth inning in relief of Vargas, and Kelvin Herrera worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to earn his third save and finish a 5-3 homestand for the Royals. They're also 7-1 in Bumgarner's last eight outings versus American League Central opponents and have won nine of his last 13 starts when he's coming off five days of rest. "My command has been really good thus far".

Bumgarner (0-3) matched Vargas pitch for pitch until the fifth, when Paulo Orlando managed a one-out single. The Royals went 1-for-11 with runner in scoring position and that hit failed to produce a run.

Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner makes his first start at the K since Game 7 of the World Series, when he memorably pitched in relief to help San Francisco close out the series. "I had a lot of traffic I had to work through. For me, I just look at going out and doing my job and give us a chance to win a ballgame". He has allowed one run and 10 hits in 13 2/3 innings while striking out 14 and walking two.

Just like the start of that season, the Giants have fallen under.500, and they have had a very hard time hitting with runners in scoring position.

Gorkys Hernandez got the start in centerfield tonight, and he went 0-2. Vargas is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in his first two starts this season. Jeff Samardzija gave up all 4 runs on 8 hits with 8 strikeouts, taking the loss to fall to 0-4 this season. It wound up finding a hole in the netting behind the plate and struck a fan, and Posey motioned to him to keep it. Posey proceeded to strike out.

Posey was the designated hitter batting cleanup for the opener of a two-game series in Kansas City, and bench coach Ron Wotus said Posey will likely serve as the DH on Wednesday, too. Bochy missed the series after a minor heart procedure.

C Buster Posey was activated from the seven-day concussion list prior to Tuesday's game. Hernandez could be the odd man out if he continues to struggle, especially with Michael Morse and Mac Williamson making progress in their rehab assignments.

Since tearing three ankle ligaments and breaking a bone in his left leg in 2011, the catcher has appeared in at least 146 games in each of the last five seasons.

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