Royals: Looking back on the 2015 World Series, Game 4

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The Kansas City Royals hoped to get the game moving quickly before the Mets could pull ahead for the lead.

Game 4 got off to a fairly quiet start. Alcides Escobar was the first batter up for the Kansas City Royals. He knocked a single to center, hoping to set a tone for the game. Matz was able to pull the inning together, though, pitching Ben Zobrist into a double play, and Lorenzo Cain into a flyball to end the top of the first.

Chris Young followed Matz, sitting all three Mets batters he faced. The second inning went a similar direction. Matz gave up a single to Salvador Perez with two outs but quickly recorded the third out. Young followed up again looking strong, going three up three down.

To begin the third, Matz found his groove. He sat all three Royals in order without giving up a hit. Unfortunately for Young, he was not so lucky in the bottom of the third. On his first pitch, Young gave up a home run to Michael Conforto, followed by a single from Wilmer Flores. On a wild pitch, Flores advanced to second, and eventually to third on a bunt groundout.

With one out, Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Flores to score. Young followed up with a walk to David Wright but finally recorded the third out on a pop fly from Daniel Murphy.

Things started to quiet down again in the fourth as the Kansas City Royals were unable to get bats going. Matz continued strong, sitting all three Royals. Young bounced back, putting the third behind him and retiring all three Mets in order, leaving the score a 2-0 Mets.