Friday, April 14, 2017

Jason Vargas 2-0 After Stifling Athletics; Travis d'Arnaud Delivers For Mets In 16th

Players of the Day for Thursday, April 13, 2013

American League

The AL Central is thus far wide open, which is good news for the Kansas City Royals, who got off to a horrible, 2-6 start, but improved to 3-6 with their 3-1 victory over the visiting A's Thursday night.

Vargas: 2-0
Leaving the Royals three games back in the standings at this juncture is acceptable, especially considering the performance of starting pitcher, Jason Vargas, who tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out eight.

Now 2-0, Vargas didn't allow a runner past second base and was aided by a pair of KC double plays.

A lefty hurler, Vargas threw 66 of 98 pitches for strikes and now sports an ERA of 0.66.

Beset by injuries the past two seasons, Varg

as threw only 55 innings in 12 starts but is off to a promising start for the Royals this year.

Kansas City opens a series at home with the Angels starting Friday. Game time is 8:15 pm ET.

d'Arnaud: GW HR in 16
National League

Mets fans - and the players - are probably glad their 16-inning, 9-8 marathon win over the Marlins was played in the relative warmth of Miami, Florida.

Miami's Marcell Ozuna staked the Marlins to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a grand slam, but the Mets, despite using eight pitchers (the Marlins used nine), never gave up, even after taking the lead, 7-4, in the fifth, and giving it right back as the Marlins scored four in the bottom of the frame.

The Mets tied the game in the eighth when Michael Conforto doubled home Travis d'Arnaud, making it 8-8. Niether team would score again for another eight innings, and it was d"Arnaud who delivered the game winning with a solo homer to left.

Spending the entire game behind the plate, handling all eight different hurlers and 256 pitches, d'Arnaud still managed to go 4-for-6, score three times, and drive in four runs, including the game-winner five hours and 38 minutes after the first pitch.

He may get a day off Friday when the Marlins and Mets meet for game two of their four-game series at 7:10 pm ET.

At 7-3, New York leads the NL East by 1 1/2 games over Washington.

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