By: Jim Tsapelas
On a cold and damp late October night the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals met at Kauffman Stadium to begin MLB’s Fall Classic.
In a game which saw the first inside-the-park home run in a World Series since George “Mule” Hass’ accomplished the feat in 1929, while playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, and saw the electrical power go out to the national network’s production truck, we watched a thrilling Game One in the 2015 World Series. Game One of the 2015 World Series is the longest game in MLB World Series history. The game took five hours and nine minutes to complete.
Both teams relied on their pitching expertise. The Mets rely on their talented starting rotation. The Royals pitching dominance in found in their bullpen.
Prior to the start of Game One, ESPNdeportes.com reported the death of Daniel Volquez, 63, the father of the Royals’ starter Edinson Volquez. Sources report the elder Volquez died of complications from heart disease. Volquez is the second Royals’ pitcher to lose a parent in the past month. Game Four’s probable starter Chris Young’s father, Charles, passed away September 26th, due to cancer. On September 27th, Young pitched five perfect innings prior to leaving the team to be with his family in Texas. The importance of the World Series pales in comparison to the sanctity and frailty of life. My thoughts are with the Volquez family.
Kansas City got the ball rolling (pun intended) when Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run; the second in World Series history. Escobar, swinging at the first pitch, sent a middle of the plate fastball from Matt Harvey into center-field.
Mets’ starter Matt Harvey settled in and controlled the Royals batters from the second through the fifth inning. Harvey retired eleven straight until the Royals got on the score board again in the sixth inning.
The Mets scored in the top of the fourth when Travis d’Arnaud singled to third baseman Mike Moustakas, scoring Daniel Murphy. Score knotted at one.
In the fifth, the Mets took their first lead of the game when Curtis Granderson homers on a pitch by Edinson Volquez. Score: Mets two-Royals one.
In the top of the sixth, Yoenis Cespedes scored on a Michael Conforto sacrifice fly. Score: Mets three-Royals one.
In the bottom of the sixth, with Mets’ starter Harvey on the mound Ben Zobrist scored on an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly to center. Lorenzo Cain scored on a single by Moustakas. Score: Mets three-Royals three.
The Mets reclaim the lead in the top of the eighth, when Wilmer Flores reaches first-base on a fielding error by the Royals’ Eric Hosmer; Juan Lagares scored. Score: Mets four-Royals three.
The Royals tied the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth, as Alex Gordon homers on a line-drive off the Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia. Score: Mets four-Royals four.
With the ageless Bartolo Colon on the mound for the Mets, the Royals leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the twelfth.
Game One of the 2015 World Series stayed knotted at four until the bottom of the fourteenth. The home half of the fourteenth started with Escobar reaching first-base on an throwing error by the Mets’ third-baseman David Wright. Zobrist singled to right-field, moving Escobar to third. Mets’ pitcher Colon intentionally walks Lorenzo Cain. Escobar scored on a sacrifice fly by Hosmer. Final score: Mets four-Royals five.
Chris Young gets the win. Bartolo Colon takes the loss in what was an absolutely amazing game. Believe me when I state, these two teams are very evenly matched. This may prove to be a classic World Series. I believe this series shall be determined in Game Seven!
The Royals’ Eric Hosmer set a club record in the sixth inning when he recorded his twenty-fourth RBI in post-season play, eclipsing the former club record held by Hall of Fame third-baseman, George Brett.
The Mets’ Daniel Murphy’s record of hitting consecutive post-season home runs ends at six.
Wednesday, Jacob deGrom takes the hill for the Mets. Johnny Cueto takes the ball for the Royals.
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