Vargas and Royals bats rough up Giants 8-1; KC’s Merifield triple adds to the damage

June 13, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, from left, watches with batting coach Hensley Meulens and bench coach Ron Wotus during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-In their first appearance back at AT&T Park since Game Five of the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals scored more in one game than they in the three games of that Fall Classic.

Jason Vargas was helped out by a six-run sixth inning, as the Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-1 before a crowd of 41,284, the 520th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Vargas was helped out by a Whit Merrifield bases clearing triple that landed just out of the reach of Hunter Pence in right field. The other big hit in the inning was a Alcides Escobar down the right field line that scored Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer.

Jorge Bonifacio gave the Royals the lead for good in the top of the third inning, as he hit a two-run single to centerfield that scored Escobar and Alex Gordon.

Vargas raises his record on the season to 9-3, as he went seven innings, allowing just one on four hits, while walking one and striking out seven. Overall, in his career, Vargas raises his career record versus the Giants to 2-1.

On the other side of things, it was not a good night for Ty Blach, as he went 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, walking just one and striking out four and he saw his record on the season fall to 4-4.

Brandon Crawford got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the second inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly to score Buster Posey, who led off the inning with a double.

Eduardo Nunez extended his streak of reaching base up to 27 games, the longest such streak in the major leagues, as he doubled in the bottom of the sixth inning.

NOTES: Former Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto closes out the series and the home stand on Wednesday afternoon as he takes the mound for the Giants, while the Royals will send Jason Hammel to the mound.

This past Sunday, when Buster Posey and Austin Slater each picked up three hits and drove in four runs, it was just the third time over the past 15 seasons, according to Elias Sports Bureau, that two Giants accomplished this in the same game. Andres Torres and Pablo Sandoval did it in 2010, and then Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence accomplished it in 2015.

With the annual baseball draft beginning on Monday, and continuing on Tuesday, the Giants drafted one player in each of the 10 rounds.

With their first pick, the Giants drafted outfielder Heliot Ramos of the Leadership Academy High School. Their second pick was another high school player, as they drafted third baseman Jacob Gonzalez out of Chaparral High School in Arizona. If the last name sounds familiar to Giants fans, it should as Gonzalez is the son of former Diamndbacks left fielder Luis Gonzalez. After drafting Gonzalez, the high school trend continued, as Seth Corry out of Lone Peak High School was the Giants third round pick.

The next seven picks were all from the college ranks, as the Giants then Garrett Cave out of the University of Tampa, then Jason Bahr from the University of South Florida. Bryce Johnson from Sam Houston State, Logan Harasta from Buffalo, John Gavin from Cal State Fullerton, Aaron Phillips from St. Bonaventure and Rob Calabrese from UIC rounded out the final picks for the Giants.

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