As Yogi Berra would say “it’s like deja vu all over again.” Seems like just yesterday it was Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City. Well, technically it was just yesterday. But it seems like it was just yesterday when San Francisco Giants fans had a horse in the race. And Kansas City was left wondering, “who is that guy?”
That guy was Madison Bumgarner, and they’d faced him before (in August, 2014-the Giants lost 4-2), but he was his fantastic Giants self in Game 1, holding the Royals scoreless while the Giants racked up seven runs–inclluding a home run by Hunter Pence in the top of the first. It also scored Pablo Sandoval, who hit a double scoring Gregor Blanco–giving the Giants a three-run lead to start the game. The Royals hit a solo home run in the seventh for their only score of the game.
The Royals–probably still a little sore about their Game 1 loss to the Giants a year ago–fought tooth and nail to keep history from repeating itself. If you didn’t catch the game, you missed out–it was a really good game. A hard fought pitching duel, lots of see-saw scoring, some pretty big at bats and free baseball; five extra innings. The game lasted a World Series Game 1 record-breaking 14 innings and went 5 hours, 9 minutes.
First things first, though. Edinson Volquez, the starting pitcher for the Royals, experienced what will probably be the single most bittersweet day of his entire life. Imagine the thrill, the excitement of being chosen to pitch the first game of the World Series, and only to come off the field to the news that your father passed away. I can’t even begin to imagine how tough that was for the kid. My heart and my sympathies go out to him.
Volquez did a great job for the Royals, he pitched six innings, allowed three runs (all earned, one home run) on six hits and a walk. He struck out three. He kept the Mets scoreless through three innings, then gave up one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The Royals kicked off the scoring with an inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the first. It was hit by the first batter in the Royals lineup–their ALCS MVP, Alcides Escobar–off the first pitch offered by Mets pitcher, Matt Harvey. What a way to start the game.
Harvey, like Volquez, pitched six innings, allowed three runs (all earned, one home run) on five hits and two walks while striking out two. After giving up the inside-the-parker in the first, Harvey kept the Royals from scoring again until the sixth.
After playing their half of the sixth, the Mets had a two-run lead over the Royals. But not for long. The Royals hit a double, a couple of singles, a sac fly and stole a base to tie it up. But the Mets pulled ahead again with a one-run lead in the eighth. The Royals tied it up again with a solo home run off Mets closer, Jeurys Familia in the ninth.
In the bottom of the 14th, with the bases loaded, Eric Hosmer, the Royals first baseman hit a sac fly scoring Escobar–who scored the first run of the ball game–giving the Royals the lead, the win and Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. The final score was: Royals 5, Mets 4
I was rooting for the Mets, so of course I was disappointed. But, as Bochy would say–there’s plenty of baseball left–they have six more games!. Hopefully, the Mets will show the world why they are known as the aMazins. It’s not going to be easy to take the series from the Royals, but our guys did it. It took all seven games, but they did it. After all…