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New York Mets Rally Late, But Fall 4-3 To Kansas City Royals (Highlights)

Matt Harvey and the New York Mets fall by a final of 4-3 to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night on Opening Day.

  • New York Mets 3 (0-1)
  • Kansas City Royals 4 (1-0)
  • MLB, Final, Box Score
  • Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Final Thoughts:

For how great Yoenis Cespedes can be over the course of 162 games, he’s not a guy you want up at the dish with the game on the line. Despite only needing a base-knock to tie the game, the guy was still swinging for the fences. The art of situational-hitting is not one Yo is familiar with.

David Wright struggled all night long. Whether it was in the field with not enough on his throws, or at the plate coming up late on every 95+ mph fastball, he doesn’t look right.

If not for a Cespedes error in the first inning, Matt Harvey’s night would’ve looked a whole lot better.

  • Win: Volquez (1-0)
  • Loss: Harvey (0-1)
  • Save: Davis (1)

9th Inning:

After falling down two strikes, Cespedes battles to get the count even at two. In the end, however, Davis gets him swinging on a pitch entirely too outside.

Travis d’Arnaud walked, then Curtis Granderson came through with a single up the middle to get Alejandro De Aza (pinch-runner) over to third. With runners on the corners and just one out, Davis strikes out Wright on just three pitches.


Wade Davis, one of the best closers in the game today enters for the Royals.

8th Inning (4-3 KC):

Neil Walker ground to second, and the Mets score their third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice in which a double-play wasn’t executed.

With Joakim Soria in to pitch the eighth, the Mets plate two runs thanks to a Duda bloop single into shallow left.

7th Inning (4-0 KC):

Colon retires the Royals one, two, three in the bottom half of the frame.

The Mets can’t produce anything offensively against KC’s new pitcher on the night, Kelvin Herrera.

6th Inning (4-0 KC):

Omar Infante keeps the Royals flowing by picking up an RBI single right up the middle on Colon.

Alex Gordon knocks in Cain to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. Harvey exits the game after just 83 pitches. Colon enters.

Terry Collins gets the bullpen in motion (Bartolo Colon) after the Royals pull off another Royals-like play. With a runner on first and no out, Hosmer bunted him team into a first and second with nobody out situation. Harvey has thrown 72 pitches in total.


5th Inning (2-0):

Harvey finds himself in a little bit of trouble, as the Royals get a two-out rally going. But with runners on second and third he gets the ground-out he needs.

4th Inning (2-0 KC):

Kendrys Morales smacks a sac-fly to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.

Trouble for Harvey in the bottom of the fourth. He’s facing a first-and-third with nobody out after Lorenzo Cain got to third on a Hosmer single.

3rd Inning (1-0 KC):

Despite getting two on with two out, Hosmer makes a great play at first base on a Lucas Duda grounder to get Volquez out of the inning.

2nd Inning (1-0 KC):

Matt Harvey flies through his first one, two, three innings of the season. He strikes out Alex Gordon and retires Salvador Perez and Omar Infante.

Volquez continues his dominance, striking out both Lucas Duda and Neil Walker on borderline pitches. Then, that guy Moustakas again, makes an incredible play at third base to snag Travis d’Arnaud.

1st Inning (1-0 KC):

Eric Hosmer then singles off of Harvey to bring in Moustakas, who gained second base on a passed-ball.

On the Royals side of things, Matt Harvey would’ve been looking pretty – two up, two down – if Yoenis Cespdes didn’t drop an easy fly out off the bat of Mike Moustakas:

Edinson Volquez gets the Mets in order in the top of the first inning. Curtis Granderson flies to center, and David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes ground out.


But of course, the champs were also introduced:

The Mets have been officially introduced for the first time in 2016:

It’s time. Finally.

Matt Harvey and the New York Mets are finally kick-starting their 2016 MLB season tonight, on the road against the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals, that team who defeated the Amazins in five games in last year’s Fall Classic in just five games.

The Royals, one the scrappiest and toughest teams baseball has seen in recent memory.

Tonight, the Mets will have to go through the tough chore of witnessing the World Series banner getting raised in Kaufman Stadium. Eventually though, it’ll be time to play ball.

Stay keen on ESNY as we take you through a live stream of opening night between the Mets and the Royals.


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