Soler hits 48th HR, Royals beat Twins in Yost's last game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals put a memorable finish on a forgettable 2019 season.

Jorge Soler locked up the AL home run crown with his 48th, Brett Phillips drove a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in manager Ned Yost's final game.

''I'm sure everyone in the field in the top of the ninth was like, `Give me that at-bat.' I know that's what was going through my head,'' Phillips said.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli turned over coaching duties to infielder Ehire Adrianza, and AL Central-winning Minnesota hit three homers to push its major league record to 307 this season - one ahead of the New York Yankees. Minnesota finished the season 101-61, one victory shy of the franchise record set in 1965.

''I don't think anybody will ever forget the `Bomba Squad,''' Baldelli said.

Soler connected in the first inning, becoming the first Royal to lead the AL in home runs and surpassing Rafael Palmeiro for the most long balls by a Cuban-born player. The 27-year-old's previous career high was 12.

But the Royals also lost 100-plus games for the second straight season, finishing only two games better than last year at 59-103. Yost said he won't miss much about the game.

''There's not one part of me that wants to continue doing this,'' he said. ''I've done my part. I want to go spend time with my family, especially my wife. We've been apart for six or seven months a year, for the most part. We're both healthy and we want to go do some things together.

''I'm very confident in my part in helping this team get back into fait condition. I'm walking out the door feeling good with no regrets.''

Ian Kennedy (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth before the Royals rallied against rookie Brusdar Graterol (1-1). Humberto Arteaga led off with a double, and Nick Dini moved him to third with a bloop single, setting up Phillips' fly to right that lifted the Royals to 59-103.

Kansas City's Hunter Dozier led off the eighth with his 10th triple of the season, matching teammates Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi for the AL lead. It marks the first time since 1984 (Astros) that a team has had three players with at least 10 triples. Dozier scored on Ryan O'Hearn's tying double.

Baldelli tabbed Adrianza to lead because he thinks he has the makings of a future manager. Adrianza filled out the lineup card and called the shots during the game.

''It's kind of cool, A.D.'s first game managing on the same day that a very great and memorable manager on the other side is managing his last day,'' Baldelli said. ''Going out to home plate was actually pretty nice, too. Ned mentioned that he's only gone out to home plate a few times over the course of his tenure. And I was very happy to be out there with him on his last day.''

The Twins scored three runs in the first on back-to-back home runs by C.J. Cron -a two-run shot - and Jake Cave. It's the 12th time this season the Twins have homered back-to-back. Jason Castro added a solo shot in the fifth.

The Royals drew 17,875 in their final game. They finished with an average of 18,267 fans, 2,290 fewer than 2018.

Whit Merrifield became the second right-handed hitter to lead the majors in hits in back-to-back years (Kirby Puckett, 1988-89).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins Minnesota is uncertain if rookie 3B Luis Arraez will be ready for the AL Division Series after spraining his right ankle Saturday. ''It could be a few days, it could be a week,'' said head athletic trainer Tony Leo. ''We're not really putting a timeline on this one, obviously, with where we are.'' Arraez is hitting .334 in 92 games.

UP NEXT

The Twins will have a few days off before opening their ALDS in New York on Friday. Baldelli has not named any starters for the ALDS.

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123456789RHE
MIN101-61
300010000460
KC59-103
100200011590
  • W: I. Kennedy (3-2)L: B. Graterol (1-1)
  • HR: MIN - J. Castro (13), C. Cron (25), J. Cave (8), KC - J. Soler (48)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Wade LF40000010.196.348.375.723-0.5
J. Polanco SS20000000.295.356.485.8410.0
W. Astudillo 3B20000010.268.299.379.678-0.5
M. Sano DH21100010.247.346.576.9232.5
a- R. LaMarre PH-DH10000000.217.308.478.7860.0
C. Cron 1B41121011.253.311.469.7806.5
J. Cave CF41211010.258.351.455.8057.5
J. Schoop 2B40000022.256.304.473.777-1.0
J. Castro C31111010.232.332.435.7675.5
R. Torreyes 3B-SS30100000.188.235.188.4231.0
I. Miller RF30000001.176.176.235.4120.0
  • a-grounded out for Sano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B20000010.302.348.463.811-0.5
B. Phillips CF20010002.138.247.262.5081.0
J. Soler DH41111000.265.354.569.9226.0
H. Dozier 3B-RF31100110.279.348.522.8704.5
A. Gordon LF10000100.266.345.396.7411.0
R. O'Hearn LF-1B20110011.195.281.369.6502.5
R. McBroom RF-LF41100013.293.361.360.7211.5
C. Cuthbert 1B-3B40000012.246.294.379.673-0.5
E. Mejia CF-2B41110011.227.333.273.6063.5
H. Arteaga SS31200110.197.258.230.4874.5
N. Dini C40210001.196.270.357.6273.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Cave (11)
    • HR - C. Cron (25), J. Cave (8), J. Castro (13)
    • RBI - C. Cron 2 (78), J. Cave (25), J. Castro (30)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (32), J. Cave (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop 2 (57)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. O'Hearn (13), E. Mejia, H. Arteaga (4)
    • 3B - H. Dozier (10)
    • HR - J. Soler (48)
    • SF - B. Phillips (2)
    • RBI - B. Phillips (6), J. Soler (117), R. O'Hearn (38), E. Mejia (4), N. Dini (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Mejia (2), N. Dini (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Phillips (12), R. McBroom 2 (2), E. Mejia (2), N. Dini
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Cuthbert)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Perez5.25333515.121.526.5
    K. Gibson (H, 2)0.10000104.841.440.5
    K. Stewart (H, 1)1.00000006.391.463.0
    L. Thorpe (BS, 2)0.12110106.181.73-2.5
    F. Romero0.20000007.072.140.0
    B. Graterol (L, 1-1)0.12110004.661.24-8.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Perez5.2
    K. Gibson (H, 2)0.1
    K. Stewart (H, 1)1.0
    L. Thorpe (BS, 2)0.1
    F. Romero0.2
    B. Graterol (L, 1-1)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lopez6.06440336.331.479.5
    G. Speier1.10000207.361.504.0
    K. McCarthy0.20000104.481.480.5
    I. Kennedy (W, 3-2)1.00000203.411.2811.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lopez6.0
    G. Speier1.1
    K. McCarthy0.2
    I. Kennedy (W, 3-2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 102-63, K. Gibson 7-4, K. Stewart 5-4, L. Thorpe 14-10, F. Romero 11-7, B. Graterol 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 7-5, K. Stewart 1-2, F. Romero 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, K. Gibson, K. Stewart 3, L. Thorpe 3, F. Romero 2, B. Graterol 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Lopez (10)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 79-53, G. Speier 14-10, K. McCarthy 5-4, I. Kennedy 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 5-9, G. Speier 1-1, K. McCarthy 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 24, G. Speier 4, K. McCarthy 2, I. Kennedy 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    MIN101-61
    300010000460
    KC59-103
    100200011590
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Wade LF40000010.196.348.375.723-0.5
    J. Polanco SS20000000.295.356.485.8410.0
    W. Astudillo 3B20000010.268.299.379.678-0.5
    M. Sano DH21100010.247.346.576.9232.5
    a- R. LaMarre PH-DH10000000.217.308.478.7860.0
    C. Cron 1B41121011.253.311.469.7806.5
    J. Cave CF41211010.258.351.455.8057.5
    J. Schoop 2B40000022.256.304.473.777-1.0
    J. Castro C31111010.232.332.435.7675.5
    R. Torreyes 3B-SS30100000.188.235.188.4231.0
    I. Miller RF30000001.176.176.235.4120.0
    Total324643084-----
    HITTERSAB
    L. Wade LF4
    J. Polanco SS2
    W. Astudillo 3B2
    M. Sano DH2
    a- R. LaMarre PH-DH1
    C. Cron 1B4
    J. Cave CF4
    J. Schoop 2B4
    J. Castro C3
    R. Torreyes 3B-SS3
    I. Miller RF3
    Total32
    • a-grounded out for Sano in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B20000010.302.348.463.811-0.5
    B. Phillips CF20010002.138.247.262.5081.0
    J. Soler DH41111000.265.354.569.9226.0
    H. Dozier 3B-RF31100110.279.348.522.8704.5
    A. Gordon LF10000100.266.345.396.7411.0
    R. O'Hearn LF-1B20110011.195.281.369.6502.5
    R. McBroom RF-LF41100013.293.361.360.7211.5
    C. Cuthbert 1B-3B40000012.246.294.379.673-0.5
    E. Mejia CF-2B41110011.227.333.273.6063.5
    H. Arteaga SS31200110.197.258.230.4874.5
    N. Dini C40210001.196.270.357.6273.0
    Total3359513710-----
    HITTERSAB
    W. Merrifield 2B2
    B. Phillips CF2
    J. Soler DH4
    H. Dozier 3B-RF3
    A. Gordon LF1
    R. O'Hearn LF-1B2
    R. McBroom RF-LF4
    C. Cuthbert 1B-3B4
    E. Mejia CF-2B4
    H. Arteaga SS3
    N. Dini C4
    Total33
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Cave (11)
      • HR - C. Cron (25), J. Cave (8), J. Castro (13)
      • RBI - C. Cron 2 (78), J. Cave (25), J. Castro (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (32), J. Cave (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop 2 (57)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. O'Hearn (13), E. Mejia, H. Arteaga (4)
      • 3B - H. Dozier (10)
      • HR - J. Soler (48)
      • SF - B. Phillips (2)
      • RBI - B. Phillips (6), J. Soler (117), R. O'Hearn (38), E. Mejia (4), N. Dini (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Mejia (2), N. Dini (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Phillips (12), R. McBroom 2 (2), E. Mejia (2), N. Dini
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Cuthbert)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez5.25333515.121.526.5
      K. Gibson (H, 2)0.10000104.841.440.5
      K. Stewart (H, 1)1.00000006.391.463.0
      L. Thorpe (BS, 2)0.12110106.181.73-2.5
      F. Romero0.20000007.072.140.0
      B. Graterol (L, 1-1)0.12110004.661.24-8.0
      Total8.1955371---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez5.2
      K. Gibson (H, 2)0.1
      K. Stewart (H, 1)1.0
      L. Thorpe (BS, 2)0.1
      F. Romero0.2
      B. Graterol (L, 1-1)0.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez6.06440336.331.479.5
      G. Speier1.10000207.361.504.0
      K. McCarthy0.20000104.481.480.5
      I. Kennedy (W, 3-2)1.00000203.411.2811.0
      Total9.0644083---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez6.0
      G. Speier1.1
      K. McCarthy0.2
      I. Kennedy (W, 3-2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 102-63, K. Gibson 7-4, K. Stewart 5-4, L. Thorpe 14-10, F. Romero 11-7, B. Graterol 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 7-5, K. Stewart 1-2, F. Romero 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, K. Gibson, K. Stewart 3, L. Thorpe 3, F. Romero 2, B. Graterol 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Lopez (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 79-53, G. Speier 14-10, K. McCarthy 5-4, I. Kennedy 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 5-9, G. Speier 1-1, K. McCarthy 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 24, G. Speier 4, K. McCarthy 2, I. Kennedy 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Phillips hit sacrifice fly to right, Arteaga scored45
      • 8TH INNING
        O'Hearn doubled to deep right, Dozier scored44
      • 5TH INNING
        Castro homered to left center43
      • 4TH INNING
        Dini singled to left, Mejia scored, Arteaga to second33
        Mejia doubled to deep left, McBroom scored, Mejia to third32
      • 1ST INNING
        Soler homered to left31
        Cave homered to left30
        Cron homered to left, Sano scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ian Kennedy relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Schoop popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brusdar Graterol relieved Fernando Romero
        • H. Arteaga: Ball, Arteaga doubled to deep left
        • N. Dini: Dini singled to right center, Arteaga to third
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Phillips hit sacrifice fly to right, Arteaga scored
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • G. Speier Pitching:
        • L. Wade: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Gabe Speier
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Astudillo struck out on foul tip
        • Ryan LaMarre hit for Miguel Sano
        • R. LaMarre: LaMarre grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Lewis Thorpe relieved Kohl Stewart
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier tripled to left center
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn doubled to deep right, Dozier scored
        • R. McBroom: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McBroom struck out swinging
        • Fernando Romero relieved Lewis Thorpe
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert fouled out to first
        • E. Mejia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mejia grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Gabe Speier relieved Jorge Lopez
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Torreyes fouled out to third
        • I. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Miller grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kohl Stewart relieved Kyle Gibson
        • N. Dini: Strike looking, Ball, Dini flied out to deep right
        • B. Phillips: Phillips lined out to right
        • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano hit by pitch
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron flied out to first
        • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cave doubled to deep right, Sano to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cheslor Cuthbert at third base
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert flied out to deep right
        • E. Mejia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mejia struck out swinging
        • Kyle Gibson relieved Martin Perez
        • H. Arteaga: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arteaga struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro homered to left center
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Torreyes flied out to right
        • Ryan O'Hearn in left field
        • I. Miller: Strike looking, Miller grounded out to second
        • L. Wade: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wade grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to third
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
        • R. McBroom: Strike looking, Ball, McBroom reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dozier out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron lined out to left
        • Brett Phillips in center field
        • J. Cave: Cave grounded out to first
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
        • R. McBroom: Strike looking, Ball, McBroom singled to left center
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
        • E. Mejia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mejia doubled to deep left, McBroom scored, Mejia to third
        • H. Arteaga: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arteaga walked
        • N. Dini: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dini singled to left, Mejia scored, Arteaga to second
        • B. Phillips: Phillips grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • L. Wade: Ball, Strike looking, Wade flied out to center
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to first
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Willians Astudillo at third base
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to right
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler grounded out to second
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Castro flied out to deep left
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Torreyes singled to right
        • I. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Miller lined into double play first, Torreyes out at first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert lined out to right
        • E. Mejia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mejia grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Arteaga: Foul, Arteaga singled to right
        • N. Dini: Ball, Strike swinging, Dini grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • L. Wade: Strike looking, Wade flied out to center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco lined out to left
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano singled to center
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Cron homered to left, Sano scored
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave homered to left
        • J. Schoop: Schoop flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
        • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler homered to left
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • R. McBroom: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, McBroom fouled out to right
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)