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Royals Vs White Sox: Perez Helps Finish Off Season With Victory


The Kansas City Royals (86-76) finished off their best season since 1989 with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox (63-99).

On the Mound

Bruce Chen had nice final game, maybe his last as a Royal. He went 6.2 strong innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. He ran out of gas abruptly with 2 outs in the 7th when he walked the last 2 batters he faced on 8 straight balls.

The bullpen ended the season fittingly – pitching 2.1 innings of scoreless ball. Greg Holland struggled a bit but did extend his team saves record to 47.

At the Plate

In a game where many of the normal starters did not play, Salvador Perez went 3-4 with a home run, a run scored, and 2 RBI. Perez finished the season with 13 home runs and a .292 average.

Johnny Giavotella finished with 2 hits on the day. It may be the last time he is ever seen in a Royals uniform as well.

This and That

For no apparent reason, Perez started at first base. If anyone can figure out why this was a good thing, or even slightly necessary, feel free to share with the classroom.

The Royals had a winning record in 5 of the 6 months. Only a brutal 8-20 May marred this season, and probably cost the Royals a playoff berth. Kansas City was 78-56 in all the other months.

From early June through the rest of the season, especially after the All-Star break, this season was as exciting and entertaining as any season in a long, long, long time. It was fun to be in a playoff race until 4 games remained. Watching each game with something on the line, and checking the scoreboard for the last month or so, made the 2013 season to remember.

Stay tuned to KC Kingdom over the next few days and weeks, as we break down various parts of the season.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Salvador Perez earns the final KCK POG of the 2013 season.

Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

 

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  • berttheclock

    The Royals ranked 22nd in payroll with over $80 M, while the LA Angels were 7th at over $142 M. Yet, had the Royals been in the AL West, they would have finished 3rd, while the Angels finished 4th. BTW, Oakland won the division and were 26th in payroll. The Rangers at 8th are fighting for their playoff lives against TB who had a payroll ranked at 28th. So, those who kept yelling at the Star about the need to spend more money are going to have to explain exactly how that would have helped.

  • jimfetterolf

    To paraphrase the manager and others, Perez has good hands and fairly nimble feet for a catcher and playing 1st sometimes keeps his bat in the line up while giving his knees a break. Hosmer let it slip that it would allow him to play RF in NL parks, the assumption apparently that Salvy after one game is a better 1B than Billy after five years or whatever :) Just adds some flexibility and keeps the bat in the line up for 150 or 160 games rather than the 130 that Perez’ knees can reasonably handle.

    • Joel Wagler

      Yost tends to over manage when he has too many options. Instead about worrying about how to get Hosmer in right, and Salvy at first, and Butler on the bench, how about going out and finding an everyday rightfielder.

      I loath interleague with the different rules, and this is a perfect reason why. Here are the Royals trying to figure out what they are going to do for those 12 games in NL parks, before this season is even over.

      • jimfetterolf

        We have an everyday RF in David Lough and a handy short-side platoon with Maxwell, so no rush on spending $20m on an RF with weak defense. Finding a way to get Salvy’s bat in a game an extra 20 or 30 times a year makes admirable sense to me, 120-130 games catching per year being plenty for a big man who has already had knee surgery but has too good a stick to bench.