Royals avoid getting swept defeat the Athletics 3-1 on getaway day

April 13, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Rajai Davis celebrates with third base coach Chip Hale after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Kansas City- The Kansas City Royals, behind a terrific pitching performance by lefty Jason Vargas, sent the A’s down to defeat Thursday night in Kansas City. Vargas went seven and 2/3rds innings and did not allow a run. Vargas walked just one hitter and recorded eight strikeouts. The Royals offense, led by Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez, plated two runs in the first inning. They would need no more but former Atheltic, Brandon Moss, drove in the third run in the third inning to put the Royals ahead 3-0. The A’s scored their lone run of the game in the ninth inning when Rajai Davis hit a solo homer off closer Kelvin Herrera. Jed Lowrie then doubled, but Herrera retired the next three hitters to secure the 3-1 victory for KC.

Game notes- The A’s starter Jesse Hahn pitched reasonably well. Hahn went six innings and allowed six hits, and three runs all earned. He walked  two and struck out seven, Hahn, although he took the loss, will receive credit for a “quality start.” Daniel Coloumbe pitched a scoreless seventh, and Ryan Madson finished the eighth for Oakland.  With the win, the Royals stopped an eight-game losing streak against the A’s. The A’s did not have a day game on getaway day and will arrive home early in the morning Friday. They will begin a three-game series against the Houston Astros Friday night. The game will feature the return of right fielder Josh Reddick. Reddick, a fan favorite, was traded to the LA Dodgers last year at the trade deadline. Reddick helped the Dodgers make the playoffs, but he did nor re-sign with them. Reddick as a free agent made a deal with the Astros and has returned to the American League. The game will feature the ace of each team’s pitching staff. Righty Kendall Graveman, who has had two terrific outings, will be seeking his third win. The Astros will counter with Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel, who had an off-year in 2016, was the Cy Young winner in 2015. Game time is at 7:05 pm.

 

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