The 2015 World Series started last night at Kauffmann Field and ended this morning with a victory for the Home team, the American League Champion, Kansas City Royals. They defeated the National League Champion, New York Mets, 5-4 in 14 innings.
It was a night of quirky twists and turns, tragedy and technological failures. We also got historical as the two teams tied the record for longest World Series game by inning with the second game of the 1916 series (Boston Red Sox vs Brooklyn Robins) and game 3 in 2005 (Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros).
The Latino effect in baseball will always pop up and postseason in particular. Edinson Volquez of the Dominican Republic, the Royals Game 1 starter, father died of heart disease before the game unknown to him as family chose to wait until after the game. He went six innings allowing only three runs on six hits.
“I could tell he was devastated,”
Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie shared,
“I had never seen him like that before.”
The game started off in shocking fashion as the Royals Alcides Escobar, from Venezuela, hit a liner off the Mets Matt Harvey, off the wall that ricocheted on a wicked angle, allowing him to score the first inside-the-park home run since Mule Haas did in it in the 1929 World Series.
The Mets rallied in the eighth with Juan Lagares on base with a single and stolen base followed by Wilmer Flores of Venezuela, who reached on a error by Eric Hosmer and giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.
However, Mets closer, Jeurys Familia, of the Dominican Republic, who led the team with 49 saves, was burned by Alex Gordon, who hit one over the fence in dead centerfield evening matters at four in the ninth.
“We liked where we were at,”
Mets manager Terry Collins retorted.
“And why not?”
Why not at all. Familia had not blown a save since July 30th, and had solidified the closer position.
It would be a marathon from that point. Bartolo Colon, of the Dominican Republic, at 42, often criticized for his age and shape, held it down for two innings escaping a bases loaded jam in the 12th.
Escobar, however, struck again with a hot single that David Wright knocked down at third but couldn’t make the play. Ben Zobrist singled to run to put runners on the corners. After intentionally passing Lorenzo Cain to load them up again, Hosmer was up and he smashed it to right and Curtis Granderson throw could not beat Escobar, who touched the plate as the Royals took a 1-0 lead in the series.
“Everyone else on the team has been stepping up,”
“Its time to do your part.”
Now Johnny Cueto, of the Dominican Republic, and the Royals will match up against Jason deGrom of the Mets in Game 2 tomorrow in Kauffman Stadium.