NEW YORK — The Mets have their backs against the wall for Game 5 of the World Series. The visiting Royals will have their first World Series championship since 1985. All that stands in their way is a Mets team playing for its baseball life as they trail the best-of-seven series 3-1.
There’s another story line tonight involving Royals’ starter Edinson Volquez, who pitched in the Game 1 victory. Right after the game he flew home to be with his family as his father passed away on the day of Game 1. To honor his father, Volquez will have his dad’s name written on either his cap or inside his glove.
The chore of shutting down the Royals in their quest for a title, which eluded them last year when they lost in Game 7 to the Giants, goes to Matt Harvey.
The Mets didn’t wait long to get on the board. Leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson launched a solo homer to put the Amazin’s ahead in the 1st. His third homer of the World Series.
The run was enough to get Harvey going. He’d log 5 strikeouts in the first four innings.
The Mets wouldn’t breakthrough again until the 6th. An error helped load the bases with no one out. Yoenis Cespedes fouled a ball off his knee and would eventually pop out.
Lucas Duda followed with a sac fly to center to score Granderson. Cespedes would have to be removed from the game at the start of the 7th.
Harvey would battle All night. He’d pitch into the 9th by striking out 9. He’d leave after giving up an RBI double to Eric Hosmer. Jeurys Familia would enter with a lead.
After 1 out, Salvador Perez would ground to third. David Wright threw him out, but Hosmer raced home. The throw from Lucas Duda was offline and the game would be tied.
The Mets couldn’t respond in the 9th and Game 5 would go to extra innings. Neither team would mount a serious threat in the 10th or the 11th.