World Series Game 1: Kansas City Royals Defeats New York Mets In 14th Inning
The 2015 World Series between Kansas City and New York Mets began with a thriller. The match finished way past bedtime in the East Coast, but the 14-inning magnum opus which was eventually won by 5-4 by the Royals, had a bit of everything: whopping home runs, extra innings, a rare inside-the-park homer, strikeouts, close calls and even a power outage during the fourth inning.Advertisement
With no electricity, the game was halted for seven minutes because there was no video available for replays. A little later, play resumed after the two managers agreed to proceed without replays.
Simply put, this was the longest Game 1 in World Series history.
The five-hour match drew to a close when Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer threw up a sacrificial dolly, allowing ALCS MVP Alcides Escobar to score the winning run. Escobar started the game with a rare inside-the-park home run – when he smashed the very first pitch of the series into the center field before sprinting around the bases. According to MLB.com, it was the first inside homer in a World Series since 1929. “It doesn’t feel good when it happens to you,” Kelly Johnson, the Mets infielder, said after the game. “But that’s the kind of team we are, too.”
In the ninth inning, the Mets were on the verge of victory until Alex Gordon pronounced his intentions. His amazing solo hit landed in straightaway centerfield, tying the game and shifting the momentum back to host Royals. “I knew I missed the pitch in the zone, in the middle,” said Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, who had tried to catch Gordon off guard with a quicker one.
Gordon’s ninth-inning homer was the first in such a juncture since Scott Brosius’ famous strike for the Yankees in 2001. “We were all shocked by it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. “We liked where we were at.”