Revisiting the 2015 World Series

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The 2015 World Series seems like forever ago if you are a Royals fan. The series began on October 27, 2015 and ended on November 1, 2015. The Royals made it back to the fall classic after in the previous World Series, losing to the San Francisco Giants in a 7 game series. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game, a practice that was discontinued after the 2016 season. The series was played in a 2-3-2 format: the Royals hosted Games 1 and 2, and the Mets hosted Games 3, 4, and 5. In this time of absence from baseball, we can look back on the past. The 2015 World Series.

How the Mets got here

The Mets finished the season 90-72 and won the NL East. They faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS in five games. After that, they went on to the NLCS and swept the Chicago Cubs 4-0. Daniel Murphy led the team by hitting a home-run in each of the four games. This would be Mets Manager Terry Collins first World Series appearance.

How the Royals got here

The Royals made their second consecutive World Series appearance under Ned Yost. This would be their fourth World Series appearance in Franchise History. The Royals won the AL Central and had a record of 95-67, which was the best in the American League. They faced the Houston Astros in the ALDS, winning in five games. They followed up by winning the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, winning in six games.

Game 1: Royals win 5-4

alex gordon hitting home run in game one

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Royals legend, George Brett. Starting for the Mets was Matt Harvey, while the Royals pitched Edinson Volquez. Volquez’s father passed away earlier in the day, he was not aware of this until after he left the game. On the first pitch in the bottom of the 1st, Royals SS Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run, the first in the World Series since 1929. The Mets took the lead in the 5th after OF Curtis Granderson hit a solo Home Run making it 2-1 Mets.

The Royals fought back. Harvey had pitched well after giving up the first-inning home run. In the bottom of the sixth, he surrendered a double to Ben Zobrist and a single to Lorenzo Cain. Zobrist scored on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly, and the score was 3-2. Kendrys Morales grounded back to Harvey, but a Mike Moustakas single tied the game. However, the Mets took the lead in the top of the 8th, making it 4-3.

In the bottom of the 9th, Mets Pitcher Jeurys Familia was pitching to Royals OF Alex Gordon. Familia had a dominating 98 mph fastball and a concrete-heavy sinker. With a 1-and-1 count, Familia decided to quick-pitch Gordon. It didn’t work. Gordon ripped a line-drive homer to center field and once again the score was tied, this time 4-4. “He tried to quick-pitch me and left the ball right there to hit,” Gordon said after the game. “With a guy like that, you can’t miss pitches that he gives you to hit.” Afterward, Familia acknowledged his mistake. “As soon as I let that pitch go, I say, ‘Oh man.’”

In the bottom of the 14th, Zobrist then singled to right field. Escobar moved to third. Colon intentionally walked Cain to load the bases and set up an out at any base. After Hosmer fouled off two of Colon’s pitches, he hit a fly ball to right field. It was deep enough for Escobar to score and give the Royals a 5-4 win.

Game 2: Royals win 7-1

Johnny Cueto pitching

Mets started Jacob deGrom, while the Royals started Johnny Cueto. The Mets scored first off a Lucas Duda RBI single. However, that is the only run the Mets would get off Cueto. in the bottom of the 5th, Alcides Escober hit an RBI single to tie the game. Later, Eric Hosmer hit a 2-run Single to make it 3-1. Mike Moustakas then hit a RBI single to make it 4-1 Royals.

The Royals blew the game open in the eighth off of Jon Niese, who allowed a leadoff single to Moustakas, subsequent single to Salvador Perez, and RBI double to Gordon. Addison Reed relieved Niese and allowed a sacrifice fly to Paulo Orlando and RBI triple to Escobar to make it 7-1 Kansas City. Cueto became the first AL pitcher since the 1967 World Series to throw a World Series complete game while allowing two hits or fewer.

Game 3: Mets win 9-3

David Wright hitting in the World Series.

The series shifted to Citi Field in New York, the starting pitchers were Yordano Ventura for the Royals, and Noah Syndergaard for the Mets. For the Royals, they scored all their runs in the first two innings. But tonight was all Mets, David Wright hit a 2-run Home run early. The Royals lead 3-2, but Curtis Granderson hit a 2-run Home run. The Mets added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Conforto, and four more in the sixth inning, including an RBI single by Juan Uribe. A fun note during this game, Adalberto Mondesi made his Major League Debut. Mondesi became the first player ever to make his MLB debut in the World Series.

Game 4: Royals win 5-3

Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain celebrate win.

In game 4 of the 2015 World Series, Royals started Chris Young and the Mets started Steven Matz. Michael Conforto scored the games first run with a solo home run in the 3rd. Flores scored later in the inning on a Granderson sacrifice fly, when right-fielder Alex Rios did not make an immediate throw home (thinking his catch was the third out of the inning). Salvador Perez then doubled and driven in by Alex Gordon. However, Conforto hit another home run to give the Mets the lead 3-1.

In the eighth inning, after recording the first out, Tyler Clippard walked two consecutive batters to force Terry Collins to bring in Familia. A key fielding error by Daniel Murphy allowed the tying run to score. The Royals took the lead on an RBI single from Moustakas, and then Perez added an insurance run with another RBI base hit to give Kansas City the 5–3 lead. For Familia, it was his second blown save of the series.

Game 5: Royals win 7-2

Royals celebrate after winning the World Series.

Volquez started for the Royals, while Matt Harvey took the mound for the Mets in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series. Curtis Granderson led off the first inning with a home run making it 1-0 Mets. He also scored the Mets’ second run in the sixth inning. The Mets had a chance to break the game open in that sixth inning as they loaded the bases with no outs, but had to settle for one run after Céspedes lined a foul ball off his leg and was injured, leaving the game after popping up for the first out of the inning.

Matt Harvey pitched eight shutout innings and convinced his manager Terry Collins to let him try to finish it out in the ninth. Lorenzo Cain led off the ninth with a walk and later scored on a Eric Hosmer double. This led to Collins taking Harvey out of the game. After a groundout by Moustakas advanced Hosmer to third base with one out, Perez hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright, who after checking Hosmer at third, threw to first base for the second out; however, Hosmer broke for home as soon as the ball was thrown, and Duda, who fielded the out at first, threw wide at home attempting to throw Hosmer out, and scored the tying run, resulting in Familia blowing his third save of the postseason and the series.

Hosmer breaks for home on close call.

Tied 2-2 in the top of the 12th, Addison Reed pitched for the Mets, Salvador Perez started the inning with a single. speedster Jarrod Dyson ran for Perez and stole second base and later scored the go-ahead run on a RBI single from Christian Colon. Colon scored on a hit by Escobar. The Royals loaded the bases, and Lorenzo Cain drove home three more runs with a double off of Bartolo Colon.

Royals now lead 7-2 and brought in Wade Davis to finish it, he struck out Wilmer Flores to end the game and Royals won the series 4-1 and won the 2015 World Series. Their first World Series since 1985 and their second in franchise history. Salvador Perez who batted .364 in the series, won the World Series MVP.

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