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Jason Vargas gets clobbered in 13-2 Royals loss to Colorado

Royals pitcher Jason Vargas left the in the second innning after giving up nine runs during Thursday’s spring training baseball game against the Rockies in Surprise, Ariz.
Royals pitcher Jason Vargas left the in the second innning after giving up nine runs during Thursday’s spring training baseball game against the Rockies in Surprise, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Jason Vargas was the latest Kansas City victim of a Cactus League barrage. Colorado pulverized him to the tune of nine runs in 1 2/3 innings on Thursday in an 13-2 loss.

“I don’t think getting hit around like that is fun for anybody, regardless if its spring or not,” Vargas said. “Obviously, it’s great that it doesn’t count. But obviously there’s some things that need to be ironed out. Some things that need to be worked on.”

The schedule called for Vargas to throw four or five innings. He could not complete two. He yielded three home runs, including a pair of three-run jobs by Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Colorado first baseman Matt McBride also boomed a homer in the second inning. Vargas gave up nine hits in all.

The second inning was a nightmare for Vargas. The first six batters all reached base. After he got the inning’s first out, he served up Arenado’s second homer.

With the defeat, Vargas saw his Cactus League ERA inflate to 17.55. That is just par for the course for the Royals starting rotation this spring. Yordano Ventura sports a 10.29 ERA. Edinson Volquez’s ERA sits at 9.72. Vargas was not particularly pleased about his performance.

“I don’t really know what to say, other than anything I was throwing up there, they were hitting,” Vargas said. “I’ll go back to work tomorrow.”

Kendrys Morales hit his first homer of the spring in the fifth inning. Rule-5-pick Jandel Gustave gave up two runs in his two innings of work. The runners scored on a pair of wild pitches.

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| Andy McCullough, rmccullough@kcstar.com

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