The two starters in the latest matchup between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics started their outings in very similar fashion. Oakland’s Scott Kazmir worked through two early hits in the first two innings, while KC’s Jason Vargas fought through three hits before recording an out in the second inning.
Unfortunately for the A’s, the leadoff batter in the second inning was the final Oakland player to reach base in this game. It took less than 100 pitches and barely more than two hours for Vargas to lead the Royals to an important win that guarantees at least a series split with the best team in baseball. That’s an impressive way to respond to the prior night’s blowout defeat.
This dominant outing from Vargas gives the Royals their third complete game in a week. This means KC’s bullpen will be well-rested and ready to help win this series in a radio-only 1:00 game on Thursday. After this series is over, KC relievers should still have plenty in the tank to assist their club in plowing through the easy upcoming schedule.
Christian Colon‘s emergence as the premiere platoon man in KC continued in this win, as well. Colon ran out a bunt single, scored a run and played impressive defense in his first start at third base. This win fends off the Detroit Tigers for at least another day, but Detroit still scored eight on the Pittsburgh Pirates to stay within half a game of first place. Max Scherzer and Francisco Liriano face off at the same time as Game 4 between the Royals and the A’s. Enjoy your scoreboard-watching, Royals fans. You’ve earned it.