The Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 and finished the 2013 season 86 and 76ten games over .500. Last season they were 72 and 90; a 14-win improvement. If youre looking for progress, there it is.
TV guy Ryan Lefebvre said that theres an unwritten rule that you go up swinging the bat on the last day of the season. Bags are packed, the plane is waiting and if youre not playing for a shot at postseason, get the game over as quickly as possible. Ryans been around longer than I have and it seemed like he got it right: Bruce Chen got through six innings on 64 pitches. The score was 4-1 when Bruce went out to pitch the seventh inning.
He got two quick outs, but then lost command of the zone: Chen walked Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham on eight pitches and that got Ned Yost out of the dugout. The tying run was at the plate and Ned wasnt going to fool aroundhe called on Kelvin Herrera for the last out of the seventh.
By LEE JUDGE. September 29