Vargas bests his former team, as Royals improve to 4-0

Behind a solid effort from Jason Vargas, the KC Royals improved to 4-0 on the season with a 4-2 victory over the LA Angels.

Royals starter Jason Vargas in a 2014 spring training start against SD (Jen Nevius).

Royals starter Jason Vargas in a 2014 spring training start against SD (Jen Nevius).

Re-adjusting to the Royals playing night games (they played mostly day games in spring training), didn’t go so well last night. It didn’t help that the team was in LA and the game started at 10pm ET.

Anyway, here is what you need to know from the Royals win:

  • Vargas scattered five hits and a walk over six innings. He allowed two runs and struck out three. Two of the hits and the walk came when the Angels scored in the third. He would then allow a solo home run to David Freese in the sixth.
  • Vargas wasn’t the only former Angel to get the best of his former team. With the Royals leading 2-1 after five innings, Kendrys Morales led off the sixth with a solo home run.
  • The Royals were hit three more times by pitches, with Mike Moustakas being plunked twice.
  • Lorenzo Cain had a two hit game. He also drove in two runs, walked, and scored a run.
  • With manager Ned Yost wanting to stay away from closer Greg Holland (since he pitched the last two games), Wade Davis was the man in the ninth last night. He struck out the side (around a walk) and threw 14 pitches.

  • Jason Frasor pitched the seventh and struck out two while allowing a hit. Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless eighth, but needed 21 pitches to do it.

 

The Royals and Angels are back out there again tonight, as Jeremy Guthrie makes his season debut against Jered Weaver.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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