The NY Mets returned home and got a much needed win in Game 3 of the World Series, beating the KC Royals, 9-3. The Royals still lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 coming up at Citi Field on Halloween.
The Royals got on the board in the first, despite the fact that Alcides Escobar did not swing at the first pitch (it was a fastball up and in) and he actually struck out (twice in the game). Ben Zobrist followed with a double, moved to third base on Lorenzo Cain‘s infield single, and scored on Eric Hosmer‘s ground out.
Three straight singles to start the 2nd inning led to the Royals tying the game at 2-2, though Alex Gordon was thrown out at third base being aggressive on the basepaths. The Royals then took the lead on a passed ball.
Syndergaard went on to retire 12 in a row before Mike Moustakas reached on an infield single with two outs in the sixth. The Royals would load the bases on back-to-back walks, but Syndergaard induced a ground out to escape the jam.
The Mets only led 5-3 at that point, that is until the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the inning.
Meanwhile, Royals starter Yordano Ventura had few bright spots in his short outing. The one spot was his perfect 2nd inning on 13 pitches. He lasted just 3.1 innings. He allowed two, two-run home runs: one in the first to David Wright (just six pitches into the inning) and one to Curtis Granderson in the third (after he threw a breaking ball down the middle on an 0-2 pitch to Syndergaard).
The 4th inning started with a single and a double, followed by an RBI single by Michael Conforto (who collected his first hit of the series). After Ventura got an infield pop up for the first out, manager Ned Yost went to lefty Danny Duffy to face Syndergaard.
Duffy struck out Syndergaard and got Granderson to fly out to end the inning. Next up was Luke Hochevar in the fifth, who worked around a two out single. Hochevar collected two called third strikes.
Lefty Franklin Morales, who has barely pitched this postseason, started the 6th inning with a ground out. Then pinch-hitter Juan Lagares singled and a hit by a pitch followed. Juan Uribe then pinch-hit and delivered an RBI single in his first 2015 postseason at-bat. After Morales couldn’t get an out on a Grandy grounder, in came Kelvin Herrera (and Paulo Orlando entered on defense in right field).
Herrera allowed a two-run single to Wright, walked Daniel Murphy, and allowed a Yoenis Cespedes sac fly. Herrera did strikeout Lucas Duda to end the inning.
Ryan Madson worked around a leadoff single in the seventh and Kris Medlen pitched a perfect eighth, which included two strikeouts and getting hit by a line drive to start the inning.
The Royals offense was completely shut down by the Mets bullpen: ZERO base runners. It started with Addison Reed, who threw 12 pitches. Tyler Clippard followed by throwing 13 pitches in the eighth. Closer Jeurys Familia struck out one in a perfect ninth (11 pitches).
The top two in the Mets batting order: Grandy and Wright, went a combined 4-for-10 with six RBIs and four runs scored. The Mets pinch-hitters went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Meanwhile, the Royals’ went 0-for-2.
*Royals top prospect Raul Mondesi made his Major League debut when he pinch-hit to lead off the 5th inning. Syndergaard completely dominated him with four pitches of 96mph and above in the strikeout. Not sure Mondesi was the right choice with the full bench, considering the Royals were only down 5-3.
If only the media would realize that Mondy is not a JR.