Royals: Revisiting the 2015 World Series, Game 5

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As the game moves on through the middle innings, the Kansas City Royals cannot seem to fire up the bats.

Harvey comes out firing bullets in the fourth not only striking out the side but doing it to the heart of the Kansas City Royals lineup.  Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Moustakas all take a seat.  The only negative could be it took the Dark Knight 15 pitches to do so.

Volquez walks Daniel Murphy with one out but thanks to another double play escapes with no runs allowed.  Havey again strikes out the side in the fifth, with a walk to Alex Gordon mixed in.  Another 19 pitches are expended to get out of the inning.

The unpredictability of locating his pitches hits Volquez as he puts Duda on with a free pass.  A couple of outs are recorded and then Wilmer Flores is intentionally walked to get to the pitcher’s spot in the batting order.  With Harvey cruising on the mound he is left in to bat and ends the inning with a ground out to Escobar.

Ben Zobrist gives the Royals another baserunner with a line-drive single to right field but again Kansas City can not advance him any further.

Granderson leads off with another walk which the Royals probably view as a better option than hitting it out of the park.  After a single to David Wright, Hosmer makes another unexpected error and now the bases are loaded.

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Volquez stays in the game and pops Cespedes to pop to short which is the best outcome possible.  Duda hits a ball deep enough to center field that chases Granderson home and d’Arnaud grounds out to Moustakas to end the inning.  One run in but it could have been much worse.