Royals: Looking back on the 2015 World Series, Game 1

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The Kansas City Royals get plenty of opportunities but can they take advantage and send the fans home happy or will the New York Mets squeak out a win?

Typically in a closer’s role, Wade Davis is summoned to pitch the top of the tenth inning.  What a terrific half-inning it is as he strikes out the side.  Normally a starter, Niese pitches to the Royals in the bottom of the frame gets a 1-2-3 outing with two strikeouts.

Ryad Madson takes over in the 11th is able to work around a single to Lagares and walk to Granderson.  Niese stays in the game and allows a harmless two-out single to Perez before striking out Gordon.

The Kansas City Royals’ uber-pitcher Chris Young is now on the mound and his ability to eat up multiple innings will be helpful if needed.  Young summons his inner Wade Davis and strikes out the side.

Another starter who can gobble up innings (and carbohydrates) is Colon and the Mets ask him to keep the Royals in check while going multiple frames.  A leadoff single from Orlando, a one-out intentional walk to Zobrist and a two-out intentional walk to Hosmer loads the bases for Jarrod Dyson.  However, a flyout to center ends the 12th.

Young allows a two-out walk to Flores but gets Kirk Nieuwenhuis to foul out to Moustakas.  Colon again is playing fire giving up a single to “Moose” but no Kansas City hitter is able to bring him around to score.

Now in the 14th, Young is still cruising and sits down Granderson, Wright, and Murphy in order.  Colon continues his streak of allowing a leadoff baserunner, however, this was not his doing as an error by Wright puts Escobar on.  Zobrist then singles to right field and there are runners on the corners with no outs.  Intentionally walking Cain to get a force at any base, Hosmer is in the hot seat with bases loaded.

Five hours and 8 minutes after it started, and nearly that long ago since Escobar pulled off a feat that had not occurred in over 80 years, Hosmer hits a ball deep enough to right that allows Escobar to score the winning run.

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A night that started off with a band and then looked like it was over for the Kansas City Royals, ends in fireworks and crucial Game 1 victory.