Legends On Deck

Royals Rally Late To Steal Game 4 From Mets, 5-3



The New York Mets entered Game 4 riding high from a 9-3 victory in Game 3, as they handed the ball to rookie Steven Matz, looking to tie the series at 2-2.

The Royals countered with Chris Young, who stifled the Mets in relief in Kansas City’s Game 2 victory.

Matz gave up a sharp lead-off single to Alcides Escobar, but struck out Ben Zobrist and Escobar was called out after attempting to steal second on Zobrist’s interference of Travis d’Arnaud.  After swinging and missing on the third strike, Zobrist’s body fell over the plate and into the path of d’Arnaud trying to make a throw to second. Lorenzo Cain than flied out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the third, Michael Conforto hit a bomb to the upper deck in right field to put the Mets up 1-0. They added another run when Wilmer Flores scored on Curtis Granderson‘s sac fl to right field.

Matz kept the Royals off the board until the fifth inning when he gave up a line drive single to Alex Gordon to pull within 2-1 of the Mets.

In the fifth the Mets added to their lead when Conforto launched his second home run of the game to put the Mets up 3-1.

The Royals pulled within 3-2 in the sixth and then pulled away with three runs in the eighth to take the lead 5-3. The highlight of  the inning came when Jeurys Familiar relieved Tyler Clippard with one out, and Familiar induced a ground ball to second base, but it went under Daniel Murphy‘s glove allowing the tying run to score. The Royals added two more runs on singles from Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez.

Wade Davis pitched the eighth and retired the Mets in order and in the ninth, with two outs, Murphy singled to left and Yoenis Cespedes singled to right center. Next batter was Lucas Duda and he hit a soft line drive to Moustakas at third, but Cespedes took off from first thinking the ball would drop and easily was doubled up to end the game and bring the Royals one game from a World Series.

It was a heartbroken loss for the Mets who led until the eighth and as they also received an outstanding performance from Matz.

Now the Mets will have to regroup if they have any chance of sending the series back to Kansas City and keep the Royals from celebrating on their field.

But the Royals will be gunning for their first championship in 30 years, so it should be another night of exciting baseball.

David Conde
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