The Mets were very close, but like Frank Robinson said: “Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” The Mets were leading all the way up to the eighth inning. Thats when Mets reliever, Tyler Clippard gave up two walks and Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, committed a fielding error allowing the tying run to score. After that, Kansas City scored two more runs, taking a two-run lead.
Kansas City made some mistakes that cost them too—big time. In the second inning, Alcides Escobar was on first and Ben Zobrist was at the plate. When Zobrist struck out, Escobar took off for second base. He had a good jump and had the base easily stolen except for one thing: Zobrist crossed the plate right in front of the catcher, interfering with the throw—causing Escobar to be out at first.
Another big mistake–this time in the bottom of the third. Remember Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores? The guy who broke the “no crying in baseball rule” ? It happened during a game in July when he found out that he was going to be traded to the Brewers. He’d signed with the Mets as a 16 year-old in Venezuela. I don’t blame him for crying, he had every right–after finding out he was leaving the only baseball home he’s ever known. His crying caused quite a stir, the Mets GM apologized to him and the trade deal disappeared.
Anyway, he hit a single in the bottom of the third, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then the Mets pitcher, Steve Matz, bunted him over to third. Curtis Granderson hit a sac fly, Flores tagged up—although Royals manager argued that Flores tagged up before the ball was caught, an argument he lost after the replay review—and beat the throw home.
Flores might not have beaten the throw however, if the Royals right fielder had thrown home right away. He took a couple of steps toward the dugout thinking it was the third out, and when he realized his mistake he threw home. Too late.
Before the wheels came off the Mets bus, it was their rookie, Michael Conforto’s night. The Mets picked him up in the 2014 draft (1st round, 10th pick) out of Oregon State University and he made his big league debut on July 24th. And now he’s playing in the World Series. He’s no rookie when it comes to big games, though, because this isn’t his first World Series. It’s his third. How is that possible? He played in the Little League World Series, the College World Series and now he’s playing in the big show.
The Mets rookies were the only Mets that scored in Game 4. Before Flores scored, Conforto got the party started with a solo home run in the bottom of the third, and added on to the Mets lead with another solo home run in the fifth. Two home runs in a single World Seies game is pretty rare, but for a rookie, it’s almost unheard of.
I thought the Mets had Game 4, but this is baseball, and like Bochy always says—anything can happen in baseball. The Mets need to remember that the Royals can be beat. After all, we beat them in 2014—sure, it took all seven games, even though…