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Jason Vargas’ Three-hit Shutout Defeats A’s


The Kansas City Royals returned to their winning ways with a complete-game, 3-hit shutout from Jason Vargas. The resulting 3-0 victory over the A’s at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday night keep the Royals in 1st place.

Omar Infante slammed a 2-run, home run (6) for the Royals in the 3rd inning, picking up Nori Aoki who had singled after Christian Colon‘s line out. Salvador Perez chipped in with a sacrifice fly in 5th to make the score 3-0.

The win puts Kansas City back to 11 games over .500 at 65-54. The Royals hold a 1/2 game lead over Detroit in the A.L. Central and for the 2nd wild card.

On the Mound

Jason Vargas was the entire story, going the full 9.0 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 walks, and 0 earned runs with 4 strikeouts. Talk about domination.

At the Plate

The Royals hung 3 earned runs on the stingy Scott Kazmir, stroking 7 hits and 2 walks on the day.

Omar Infante smacked the Royals only extra base hit with his 3rd inning home run. Infante finished the day 2 for 3, with a home run, single, 1 walk, 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.

Nori Aoki was the only other Royal with more than 1 hit, going 2-3 with 2 singles and 1 run scored.

Josh Willingham reached base twice going  1-2 with a single and 1 walk. Willingham has hit safely in both of his games for the Royals. Willingham also added his 2nd stolen base of the season.

This and That

This is the 2nd complete game shutout for the Royals in less than a week, after James Shields‘ gem against the Giants on Saturday. Wednesday was also the 2nd time the Royals had shut out the A’s in their 6 games this season.

The Royals pitching staff has 3 complete games this season, all of which have come in the last week. First Jeremy Guthrie defeated the Diamondbacks last Thursday, August 7. James Shields shut out the Giants on Saturday, August 11. And Vargas took care of the A’s on Wednesday, August 13.

Josh Willingham has a 4-game hitting streak, all coming against the Oakland A’s—2 with Minnesota and 2 with Kansas City.

Scott Kazmir lost to the Royals for the 2nd time in 10 days.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Jason Vargas gets the honor for his 3-hit shutout. Vargas seems fully recovered from his appendectomy last month.

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The A’s

Scott Kazmir notched a quality start, despite losing the game. Kazmir went 7.0 innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 walk, and 3 earned runs with 3 strikeouts. Two out of Kazmir’s 5 losses this season have come against KC in the last 10 days.

Up Next

The A’s and Royals finish their 4-game set, and the season series, Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals will send ace James Shields (11-6, 3.25 ERA) to the mound against Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 2.91 ERA) for Oakland. Game time is 1:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas CIty.


Coco Crisp CF4000004.260.363.395.759
Sam Fuld LF4000014.261.346.349.694
Josh Donaldson 3B3010003.256.341.476.817
Jonny Gomes DH3010003.238.328.350.678
Derek Norris C3000013.285.380.456.837
Jed Lowrie SS3010003.238.317.354.671
Nate Freiman 1B3000013.200.256.375.631
Josh Reddick RF3000013.256.308.419.727
Alberto Callaspo 2B3000003.231.301.299.600
Team Totals290300429.

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2B: J Donaldson (21, off J Vargas).
TB: J Donaldson 2; J Lowrie; J Gomes.
GIDP: N Freiman (1).
Team LOB: 2.
With RISP: 1 for 2.
DP: 2. J Donaldson-A Callaspo-N Freiman; A Callaspo-J Lowrie-N Freiman.
E: C Crisp (3); S Kazmir (3).

Nori Aoki RF3120004.273.343.341.684
   Jarrod Dyson CF0000000.286.335.342.677
Omar Infante 2B3122104.260.300.362.661
Salvador Perez C3001004.267.306.413.719
Billy Butler 1B4010004.275.323.385.707
Alex Gordon LF3000023.278.353.432.786
Josh Willingham DH2010103.213.347.404.752
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF3000003.297.336.408.745
Alcides Escobar SS3000013.277.311.369.680
Christian Colon 3B3110003.318.318.545.864
   Mike Moustakas 3B0000000.199.261.388.650
Team Totals273732331.259.300.370.670

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HR: O Infante (6, off S Kazmir, 3rd inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep LF).
SF: S Perez (2, off S Kazmir).
SH: N Aoki (5, off S Kazmir).
TB: O Infante 5; N Aoki 2; B Butler; J Willingham; C Colon.
GIDP: A Escobar (8); S Perez (20).
RBI: O Infante 2 (53); S Perez (50).
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 1 for 5.
DP: 1. C Colon-O Infante-B Butler.
SB: J Willingham (2, 2nd base off S Kazmir/D Norris).
Pickoffs: J Willingham (2nd base by S Kazmir).

Scott Kazmir, L (13-5) 7 7331312.789866
Jesse Chavez 1 0001003.40135
Team Totals 8 7332313.3811171

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Jason Vargas, W (9-5) 9 3000403.279765
Team Totals 9 3000400.009765

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Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: S Kazmir (1; J Willingham, 2nd base).