Not even a heroic effort from Matt Harvey could stop the New York Mets from faltering in the 9th inning against the Kansas City Royals.
New York Mets 2 (2-3)
Kansas City Royals 7 (3-2)
Full Game Box Score
Citi Field, Flushing, NY
By Robby Sabo
Like a mythical creature, a superhero straight out of a fictional comic, Matt Harvey did, indeed, save the day for the New York Mets. Or at least he did until the ninth-inning came around.
Harvey was spectacular. So good, that he made us think of past Fall Classic legends such as Jack Morris and Curt Schilling, but it couldn’t stop another onslaught by the Kansas City Royals offense in the top of the ninth-inning. They eventually tied the game up at two and won it in extra innings.
Innings 10 and 11 were dominated by the pitcher. Luke Hochevar did a tremendous job for the Royals, and Familia and Niese each did their job for an inning apiece.
It wasn’t until the 12th inning when we saw somebody break through.
Collins put his faith in Addison Reed. Salvador Perez singled to right to lead it off. Of course, speedster Jarrod Dyson pinch ran for the statue Perez and easily stole second. Alex Gordon then produced a positive ground out to first base moving Dyson to third.
Christian Colon, in his first 2015 postseason at-bat, hit a base knock off Reed to provide the Royals with the go-ahead lead. Citi Field’s previous shock turned into immediate torture.
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) November 2, 2015
The Royals are the first team to score 5 runs in an extra inning in World Series history. pic.twitter.com/CUkpIUY9rH
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 2, 2015
Reed surrendered yet another run, and then Bartolo Colon gave up a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double to make the score 7-2.
Wade Davis came on to do what Wade Davis does. The Royals took the game 7-2 to become the 2015 World Series Champions.
— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2015
After Harvey polished off his eighth brilliant inning of work, Dan Wharthen walked over to him to act as Terry Collins’s messenger boy, letting him know his night was finished. Harvey said “no way” and he convinced another inning out of Collins.
He then walked the lead-off hitter in Lorenzo Cain, and then surrendered an RBI double by Eric Hosmer. Jeurys Famalia entered in a very tough spot.
Regardless, he got Mike Moustakas to ground out to first base (with Hosmer advancing to third). The next sequence will go down in World Series history as one of the more risky, yet rewarding plays of all-time.
Salvador Perez hit a weak ground ball in between third and short. David Wright played it, froze Hosmer at third and let one fly towards Lucas Duda at first. With one out, Hosmer inexplicably took off for home.
Duda’s throw to Travid d’Arnaud was errand and Hosmer stole the tying run.
Hosmer isn't in the screen when the ball hits TDA's mitt. Stfu about how smart Hosmer. It was ALL the error. pic.twitter.com/uuDfvfFPZ1
— Paul Sporer (@sporer) November 2, 2015
— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2015
— Royals (@Royals) November 2, 2015
Hosmer would’ve been a dead duck had the throw been on target. Furthermore, Wright double clutched a bit after freezing the runner and didn’t put everything he had into the throw. Duda, being a lefty, felt pressured into turning and making a solid throw to home.
Once again it was the Royals ability to put pressure on the opposition’s defense that got the job done. All series long, Kansas City’s fundamental baseball was far better than New York’s.
Furthermore, this Royals lineup has been equipped with an uncanny ability to fight through any hole, or deficit they’re faced with. No matter the score or situation, Ned Yost’s team is dangerous at the plate.
The Mets season was one of great shock. Shock due to the fact many had picked them far behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East. Also shock, due to the idea of this amazing playoff run.
The team who was still “one year away” didn’t prove that to be true until the World Series. Not bad.
Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals, the 2015 World Champions. If it hadn’t been for a superhuman effort from Madison Bumgarner a year ago, this could’ve been their second straight.
Lastly, how fitting was it to see Wilmer Flores make the final out. The guy who symbolized the Mets season turnaround, stood last in the batter’s box for New York, at Citi Field.
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