Kansas City Royals: Ten Biggest Plays Of 2015

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2. October 27, 2015: Alex Gordon Slams Solo Home Run To Tie World Series Game 1 In The 9th.

The New York Mets seemed destined to take a 1-0 lead in the 2015 World Series after three-time gold glove first baseman Eric Hosmer muffed a grounder to first. The play allowed the Mets to take a 4-3 lead into the final frame in Kansas City.

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who had not allowed a run during the post-season coming into World Series play, retired Salador Perez to open the 9th inning. At that point, things look bleak for the KC Royals. ESPN’s game outcome projector estimated the Royals with only an 11% chance to salvage the game.

Then Alex Gordon slammed a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield wall to tie the game at 4-4.

Gordon’s blow turned an 11% chance at victory into 58%. Though the Kansas City Royals needed five more innings, they pushed across the winning run in the 14th when Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded scored Alcides Escobar. They got a big assist when Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy allowed a grounder to slip beneath his glove for an error that put Escobar on first.

Game 1 was in the bank for Kansas City.

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