Royals victorious in regular season finale, finish season with 86 wins

Brian Kersey

It's the Royals first win in a regular season finale in seven years.

The Kansas City Royals will finish the season with an 86-76 record (congratulations to Rany Jazayerli and all those who predicted 86 wins before the season, you may collect your prize) after a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the regular season finale.

  • Salvador Perez and Brett Hayes provided the offense with a pair of two-run homers. Perez finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate, a solid way to finish the season.
  • Johnny Giavotella collected a single, walk and a double hitting in the No. 2 spot. This is not an endorsement of Gio, who doesn't seem likely to see much more playing time in a Royals uniform, but it would have been really useful if he could have provided some level of production at the major-league level.
  • Bruce Chen continues to work his magic, his only blemish over 6 2/3 innings coming on a solo homer to Alexi Ramirez. Chen finishes the season with as many wins as Ervin Santana, because baseball.
  • Greg Holland let things get interesting in the bottom of the ninth; the White Sox loaded the bases against the closer with one out. Holland struck out the last two batters to end the inning, recording his 47th save of the year.
  • Thanks for spending way too much time and energy talking about the Royals with us here at Royals Review. It's been an eventful, frustrating, interesting and enjoyable year all wrapped up in a memorable 2013. I hope you all hang around here during the off-season as we all gear up for a (hopefully) better 2014.
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