San Francisco Giants Wednesday game wrap: Royals Vargas shut out Giants 2-0; Royals-Giants split two game set

April 19, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

By Jeremy Harness

The Kansas City Royals got some payback from losing to the Giants in the 2014 World Series. Well, sort of.

In the rematch of their Fall Classic showdown three years back, the Royals came out on the victorious side this time around, as they shut out the visiting Giants, 2-0, at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday night.

The Giants have earned quite a penchant for making ordinary starting pitchers look like All-Stars, and on Wednesday night, it was Jason Vargas’ time to shine. The left-hander (3-0) threw seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out nine and not walking a single batter.

In fairness to the Giants, Vargas has been on quite a roll lately, as he also shut out the A’s Thursday night while tossing another seven innings, that start coming at home as well.

The Giants did not threaten Vargas at all, and as a result, they made Madison Bumgarner, who turned in one of the greatest pitching performances of all time in clinching the World Series against these Royals in 2014, a hard-luck loser for the second straight start.

The lefty (0-3) only gave up a single run – which came courtesy of an infield single by Mike Moustakas that brought home Paulo Orlando in the bottom of the fifth – over six innings on seven hits, walking only one and striking out four.

No Giant had any more than one hit while three Royals – Moustakas, Orlando and Salvador Perez – each had a pair of hits on Wednesday.

On the plus side, the Giants earned a split of the brief two-game series in Kansas City, as they won on Tuesday. Now they will head to Colorado to face the Rockies for a three-game series that starts Friday.

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