Vargas pitches Royals to 2-0 win over Bumgarner, Giants

Alex Pavlovic Giants lineup Posey returns from concussion DL for opener vs Royals

Alex Pavlovic Giants lineup Posey returns from concussion DL for opener vs Royals

The Royals went 1-for-11 with runner in scoring position and that hit failed to produce a run. After throwing a complete-game shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner threw five more scoreless innings in Game 7 to preserve a one-run lead. "It just doesn't get any better than that", Bumgarner said.

"Nick and I did a good job of moving the ball in and out", said Cain, who allowed four hits and two walks while striking out three. I know that has a lot to do with some things.

Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner makes his first start at the K since Game 7 of the World Series, when he memorably pitched in relief to help San Francisco close out the series. Vargas is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in his first two starts this season.

Salvador Perez came through in the clutch with a one-out RBI single, and despite the Giants getting Aaron Hill to third in the ninth, they were unable to get to Royals' closer Kelvin Herrera.

"We just couldn't score a run", Giants bench coach Ron Wotus said. Human attendance was 24,402 and canine attendance was 382 for "Bark at the Park.". The bat wound up finding a hole in the netting behind the plate and struck a fan, and Posey motioned to him to keep it. Posey proceeded to strike out. Kansas City was behind their baseball team all the way and while this is only a two-game series, it'd be nice to see the Royals sweep the series and get some minor revenge on the Giants for ruining the original fairy tale. Wotus also said Posey would likely return to catching on Friday after coming off the concussion list and spending two games as the DH. Cueto has won his first three starts this season. 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.

San Francisco gets a day off Thursday before RHP Johnny Cueto takes the mound to begin a three-game series at Colorado. Duffy has 17 strikeouts through 20 innings this season.

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