Following back-to-back losses in Kansas City in Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Mets were able to regain some momentum with a 9-3 Friday night victory over the Royals. Behind Noah Syndergaard, the Mets were able to get the bats going and were able to overcome Yordano Ventura for the victory.
The game got off to quite an exciting start when Noah Syndergaard threw the first pitch of the game in tight to Alcides Escobar, who has been a great first pitch hitter all postseason. Syndergaard followed this first pitch with a strikeout of Escobar, although the Royals were able to score a run after a double by Ben Zobrist, an infield single by Lorenzo Cain and a fielder’s choice by Eric Hosmer due to some fielding confusion by the Mets.
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Already down two games to none in the series, the Mets found themselves in a 1-0 hole early in Game 3. Following a leadoff single by Curtis Granderson, longtime New York Met David Wright would come to the plate and hit a two run home run giving the Mets the 2-1 advantage. Wright would later add on two more RBIs with a sixth inning single that helped put the game away from the Mets.
Following Wright’s home run, the Royals responded in the top of the second with a second run of their own on three straight singles. After a sacrifice bunt by Ventura, Alex Rios scored on a passed ball from Syndergaard which gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets would once again respond with a home run when Curtis Granderson hit a two home run following a leadoff single by Syndergaard in the bottom of the third inning.
The Mets would add to their lead with an RBI single by Michael Conforto with Ventura still on the mound. The Mets would add four more in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Juan Uribe, a two-run single by David Wright and a RBI sacrifice fly by Yoenis Cespedes. The Mets would hold a 9-3 lead after the sixth inning that would hold for the remainder of the night.
The Mets bullpen pitched three scoreless innings, with Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia all throwing one inning each. After two tough losses in Kansas City, the Mets were able to bounce back and gain some momentum in a series that seemed to be going the way of the Royals through two games. Game four is tonight in New York with Chris Young facing off against Steven Matz. Nothing beats playoff baseball on Halloween night.