"I said wow! I have a chance to make this,” Escobar said. “That’s nice. That’s a lot of fun right there.” Alcides Escobar – USA Today"
Volquez answered the first round in fine form retiring the side in order. Granderson flew out to left, Wright fouled out to right and Daniel Murphy went down swinging. Then the Kansas City Royals came up and the stadium was rocking after the first at-bat.
We know how Alcides Escobar was not one to take pitches and he took advantage of a first-pitch fastball to drill a ball that should have been caught by Yonenis Cespedes but took a ricochet away from the outfielders and allowed the thrilling start to the Royals home half of the first. This was a feat that had not been accomplished since 1929.
Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain were then retired by Cespedes and following an Eric Hosmer walk, Kendrys Morales grounded out to first ending the inning. Volquez shut down the Mets 1-2-3 again in the second. Harvey struggled in the Kansas City Royals half of the inning allowing a single to Salvador Perez and a walk to Alex Gordon but managed to escape shutting down Alex Rios and Escobar without a run crossing the plate.
Volquez retired the first two batters in the third making that eight straight to begin the game, however, he then plunked Kelly Johnson and walked Granderson before getting Wright to strike out looking. Harvey cruised through the third setting down Zobrist, Cain, and Hosmer in order.
The second time through the lineup for the Mets allowed them to get to Volquez as Murphy, Duda and Travis d’Arnaud all singled allowing one runner to cross the plate and tie the game. Volquez was able to strand two Mets to end the visitors half of the inning. Harvey once again went 1-2-3 against Kansas City Royals and after nearly half the game has gone by we are tied at one.