The World Series

Kansas City Royals vs New York Mets

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – On November 1st the Royals won the World Series after going 30 years without a championship. Last season, the Royals were one hit away from being able to tie Game 7 and fight for their championship but fell short against San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. This season they eliminated the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays. The World Series was cut to five games with the Royals going into the last game with a 3-1 lead. Although the Mets were extremely dominant with pitching and offense with home run hitting Daniel Murphy it was only enough to hold back the Royals for one game.

Game 1 was on Tuesday October 27th and went a whopping 14 innings. KC was trailing in the 9th inning and made a comeback with Alex Gordon’s solo homer to keep the game going. The Royals were finally able to score on a sac-fly by Eric Hosmer in the 14th inning to end a five hour and nine minute game with the final score 5 to 4.

They then took a 1-0 lead in the World Series, one step closer to a championship. This series opener left the impression that there was going to be a Game 7 but Kansas City had a different thing in mind.

The next day, the Royals won 7-1 with the Mets once again at a loss but not putting up a fight like they did the night before. The Royals had strong offense the whole game and Johnny Cueto threw a two-hit complete game. He was the first pitcher in the American League to throw a complete game in the World Series since Minnesota Twins’ Jack Morris in 1991. The Royals were able to score off Mets’ number two pitcher Jacob deGrom and take a 2-0 lead in the run to be World Series Champions.

Friday night the Mets went to their home field in Queens, New York and beat the Royals 9-3 and cut the Royals’ lead in the World Series in half. The Royals were not able to break Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and scored only three runs. At first, this game looked like it was going to be back and forth and the win would go to whomever scored last. The Mets proved many viewers wrong and scored four runs in the sixth so the Royals didn’t have much of a chance to make a comeback. The Mets’ bats finally heated up and they were able to give one of their best offensive performances of the series. The player of the game was Mets third baseman David Wright who had a home run and 4 RBI’s. The Royals now led the World Series 2-1.

Game 4 was held on Halloween night and the Royals made a comeback in the 8th inning, winning 5-3. The Mets fired first with Michael Conforto’s solo home run in the third inning. Kansas City tied the Mets in the 5th inning but then Conforto hit another home run in the bottom of the 5th to take a 3-1 lead. The Royals were able to tie the Mets in the eighth inning on an error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Royals took a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning and proceeded to take a 3-1 lead in the World Series, only one game away from winning their first championship in 30 years.

On Sunday the Mets were going into the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead, feeling almost guaranteed a Game 6. According to Molly Knight and Fangraphs, the Royals stepped up to the plate with a 5% chance of making a comeback and winning the game and the World Series. The Royals scored two runs off Mets pitcher Matt Harvey in the 9th to keep the game going. The Mets couldn’t score in the bottom of the 9th and the game proceeded to extra innings, like in Game 1. The game ended in the 12th when the Royals dramatically scored a whopping five runs. The Royals walked onto the field in the bottom of the 12th more confident than ever, leading 7 to 2, already feeling like champions. Wade Davis then took out the Mets and they were for the first time in 30 years, World Series Champions.

Although, the New York Mets showed all they could give this post season, including Daniel Murphy and his 6 game home run streak, they just weren’t enough to hold back the Royals and block their first World Series since 1985. The Royals and their fan base were so excited that they even cancelled school in Kansas City’s surrounding counties, so students could attend the victory parade.

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