Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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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