Kansas City Royals Countdown: Top 10 Moments of 2015 Postseason Run

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez /
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No. 7 Edinson Volquez World Series Efforts

There were several big storylines to come out of Game 1 of the World Series. Perhaps, the biggest one of all involved Edinson Volquez and the death of his father. At the time, people speculated whether Volquez knew his dad had died of a heart attack just hours before he started the World Series opener.

Afterwards, it came out that Volquez pitched the game unaware of what had happened back in his native Dominican Republic. His wife informed him not long after he left the game with the score tied 3-3 entering the seventh inning.

On that night, he worked a quality start with three runs allowed over six innings. Volquez allowed six hits and a walk while striking out three. In an interesting twist, Chris Young, whose father died during the season, earned the win in relief with three shutout innings.

After returning home for the funeral, Volquez remarkably composed himself enough to start Game 5 in New York.

Matching up with Harvey again, Volquez didn’t get off to the best start with Granderson hitting a leadoff home run. He settled down after that, allowing just a single run in the sixth inning. Overall, Volquez gave up five walks and two hits and left with the Kansas City Royals trailing 2-0. The team’s late rally got him off the hook.

Even though he finished the World Series with a pair of six-inning no-decisions, Volquez will forever be remembered for the heart he showed. Not a lot of players would have been able to mentally bounce back the way he did, and even fewer could have done it on such a huge stage.