Since tearing three ankle ligaments and breaking a bone in his left leg in 2011, the catcher has appeared in at least 146 games in each of the last five seasons. And it's a streak that began prior to Tommy John surgery that kept him on the sideline until the tail-end of last season, when he returned as if nothing was amiss. "I think his command is better".
"It's definitely nice to see some results for the work that's been put in", said Vargas, who is also unbeaten in his last eight home starts.
For Bumgarner, he escaped jams in the second and third innings, and then the Royals broke through against him in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out infield single by Mike Moustakas that knocked in Paulo Orlando. I know that has a lot to do with some things. The four-time All-Star hit.333/.481/.571 with one home run in seven games. The lanky left-hander has only received five total runs of support in his first four starts, including one run or none in three of them. Jason Hammel surrendered just one run in six innings in the loss to the Giants on Tuesday, and the Royals' starters have now allowed just 20 runs in 80 innings (2.25 ERA).
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The Giants finally got their two base-runners in the top of the fourth, as Brandon Belt and Buster Posey singled, but Brandon Crawford popped out with two outs. Hernandez could be the odd man out if he continues to struggle, especially with Michael Morse and Mac Williamson making progress in their rehab assignments.
If the Giants' rough 5-9 start wasn't enough to worry fans, the potential departure of a key contributor might just do it. Starter Johnny Cueto told the San Francisco Chronicle over the weekend that he wants to end his career in the American League, despite only spending three months of his 10-year major-league career in the AL thus far.
Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy tries to improve to 3-0 in the opener of a four-game series at Texas on Thursday night.