Royals Get Redemption, Win First World Series in 30 Years

Even with a superhero-like effort by Matt Harvey, his nickname is The Dark Knight after all, the Mets were still unable to stop the juggernaut that is the Royals late inning offensive magic. The Mets went into the 9th inning with a 2-0 lead, trying to win Game 5 and push the series back to Kansas City for at least a Game 6. For the Mets, it was not enough as the Royals were able to come back and win the World Series in extra innings by a final score of 7-2.

After Matt Harvey got out of a first inning jam with a runner at second and no out, Curtis Granderson welcomed Edinson Volquez to Game 5 with a bang. On the third pitch of the night, Granderson hit a long home run to right center field to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead to start the night. Volquez would set the Mets down in order following the home run and would not give up another hit until the sixth inning.

For the Mets, Matt Harvey was on top of his game for most of the night. Harvey looked dominant, giving up only four hits over his first eight innings, including a fourth inning when he struck out the side. Harvey ended up with nine strikeouts against a team that is known for not striking out.

There weren’t many real scoring chances for either team until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Mets loaded the bases with nobody out. Following a leadoff walk to Granderson, David Wright got a single and Daniel Murphy reached on an error to load the bases. Yoenis Cespedes, who fouled a ball off his knee earlier in his at bat, would leave the game following a infield pop fly. Lucas Duda followed with a sacrifice fly to center field scoring the second run for the Mets giving them a 2-0 advantage. Travis d’Arnaud would end the inning with a ground out to third base.

After scoreless seventh and eighth innings for both teams, with not much in the way of baserunners or scoring chances, the Royals came to bat in the top of 9th down 2-0 against Harvey. Harvey came into the 9th inning with over 100 pitches, fresh off an apparent discussion in which Harvey seemed to convince manager Terry Collins to leave him in the game. Following a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain, and a stolen base, Eric Hosmer hit a double to deep left field to cut the lead to 2-1.

Collins then took Harvey out in favor of the closer Jeurys Familia. The first batter he faced was Mike Moustakas, who grounded out to first base, moving the runner to third base. The next batter would be Salvador Perez who hit a slow ground ball to third. David Wright made the play on the ball but Hosmer would score from third on a poor throw by first baseman Lucas Duda, blowing the lead for the Mets. Alex Gordon then grounded out to end the inning with the game tied at two.

The Mets went down in order in the bottom of the ninth which pushed the game to extra innings for the second time in the series. After scoreless 10th and 11th innings, the Royals threatened in the top of the 12th inning. After a leadoff single by Salvador Perez, pinch runner extraordinaire Jarrod Dyson stole second base to give the Royals a runner in scoring position with nobody out. Alex Gordon followed with a ground out to first base, moving Dyson to third base with only one out.

Christian Colon, in his first at bat of the entire playoffs, came up to the plate in a pinch-hitting situation and hit a single into left field to give the Royals a 3-2 lead. Following yet another fielding error by the Mets, once again by Daniel Murphy, Alcides Escobar hit a double into left field scoring a fourth run for the Royals. After another baserunner reached base, Lorenzo Cain hit a bases clearing double giving the Royals a 7-2 lead and sealing their first World Series victory in 30 years.

For the Mets, it was another blown lead and heartbreaking late inning loss after a fairytale World Series run. In Games 2, 4 and 5 the Mets held leads late in the game that were blown by their closer Familia. For the Royals, it was yet another instance of late inning magic in what was truly an incredible season for the men in Royal blue. A year after a deflating World Series loss at home against the San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Royals are the 2015 World Series Champions. 

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