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

Kathleen Mckinney
April 20, 2017

He stole second, took third on a groundout and went home when Mike Moustakas delivered a base hit, his first with runners in scoring position this season. After throwing a complete-game shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner threw five more scoreless innings in Game 7 to preserve a one-run lead. That said, the Giants are just 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 4-9 in their last 13 interleague games.

Bumgarner allowed one run, seven hits and a walk while striking out four but was done in by another poor night by San Francisco's offense. "I had a lot of traffic I had to work through". Royals manager Ned Yost is not reminiscing about the 2014 World Series with the Giants back in town. He is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in his first two outings, and tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against Oakland his last time out. "For me, I just look at going out and doing my job and give us a chance to win a ballgame".

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.

Salvador Perez came through in the clutch with a one-out RBI single, and despite the Giants getting Aaron Hill to third in the ninth, they were unable to get to Royals' closer Kelvin Herrera.

The Giants finally got their two base-runners in the top of the fourth, as Brandon Belt and Buster Posey singled, but Brandon Crawford popped out with two outs. 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. Bochy missed the series after a minor heart procedure. 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.

The Giants' bullpen is atrocious (but has a better ERA than the Royals' pen), which means the Royals will need to get the starters out of the game so that they can face the Giants relievers.

Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy tries to improve to 3-0 in the opener of a four-game series at Texas on Thursday night. Duffy has 17 strikeouts through 20 innings.

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