Hosmer goes from goat to hero in Royals Game 1 victory

After his error at first base almost cost his team a victory in the eighth, Eric Hosmer stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 14th inning with the game tied at 4-4. He took the 2-2 Bartolo Colon pitch and lifted it deep enough into right field for the game winning sac fly.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

With the fly out, the KC Royals defeated the visiting NY Mets, 5-4 in Game 1 of the World Series. Hosmer is the all-time Royals leader in postseason RBIs for a reason (in just two years in the playoffs).

Royals bullpen 1, Mets bullpen 0.

The Royals bullpen allowed just an unearned run in eight innings of work. The Mets bullpen allowed two runs over 7.1 innings. Colon became the oldest pitcher ever to lose a World Series game.

 

The longest Game 1 in MLB World Series history had a little bit of everything, including FOX losing power and the game being delayed because of lack of replay.

  • It started with an Alcides Escobar leadoff inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first on the very first pitch thrown by Mets starter Matt Harvey.
  • The Mets went first-to-third twice on Lucas Duda hits through the Royals defensive shift. Both times, it led to runs (the fourth and the sixth).
  • Eric Hosmer committed an error on a ground ball hit right at him by Wilmer Flores in the top of the eighth. It allowed the Mets to take a 4-3 lead.
  • Mets closer Jeurys Familia allowed his first run of the postseason and blew his first save since July 31st when he allowed a one out Alex Gordon home run to dead-center in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Salvador Perez hit a liner off the third base bag in the bottom of the 11th inning (but did not score). He also took a foul tip off his bare hand earlier in the game.
  • Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson both received key at-bats late in the game and in extra innings. Orlando replaced Alex Rios on defense in the eighth, while Dyson pinch ran for Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the eighth. Orlando singled in three at-bats, though he came up with two out and a runner in scoring position in the 13th and grounded out. Dyson lined out to center on a great play by Curtis Granderson leading off the 11th. He then flied out to end the 12th inning with the bases loaded.
  • Royals right-hander Chris Young pitching on the backfields during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

    Royals right-hander Chris Young pitching on the backfields during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

    Royals Game 4 starter Chris Young entered in relief to start the 12th inning. He was the winning pitcher, as he struck out four over three hitless innings of relief. The only base runner was a walk with two outs in the 13th inning. Young struck out the side in his first inning of work (the 12th).

  • You almost thought you would see the Major League debut of Raul Mondesi, who was added to the World Series roster (replacing outfielder Terrance Gore). Mondesi has never played a game above Double-A.

 

There was also the sad news that came out right before Edinson Volquez took the mound in the Game 1 start for the Royals. Word swept through Twitter that Volquez’ father died today of heart disease in the Dominican Republic. ESPN reported that Volquez knew the bad news, but in reality, Volquez did not find out until AFTER his start.

Thankfully, FOX did not broadcast the news until after Volquez met with his family and was told by them.

Volquez allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. He allowed a solo home run to Curtis Granderson in the fifth. He left with the score tied at 3-3. My thoughts and prayers go out to Volquez and his family.

 

Now the focus moves to Game 2, with Johnny Cueto going up against the Mets Jacob deGrom. This series sure started off with a bang and it should only get better.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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