It took 14 innings and five hours to get the job done, but the Kansas City Royals scratched out a victory against the New York Mets in dramatic fashion last night. Tied for the longest lasting World Series game in MLB history, game 1 had many storylines surrounding it. From the wet conditions of the field to the news that Edinson Volquez, the KC Royals starting pitcher, had lost his father and wasn’t notified until after he left the game in the sixth inning. Not to mention Fox losing power part way through the contest.
The game sure had it’s share of storylines.
The Mets came into the game not having been to the promised land since the 80’s. The Royals were a team on a mission, looking to avenge their World Series loss from last year. There’s always a lot riding on the first game of a championship series, but this had the big fight feel that seemed to be missing from World Series past. Despite all of the stories swirling around the game (or maybe due to the stories) this game 1 turned into an instant classic.
Some speculated that Matt Harvey, the New York Mets starting pitcher, would not be his normal self after pitching over 200 innings since returning from surgery. The score was tied at three runs apiece when Harvey left the game.
Late in the game the Mets were in control by a score of 4-3 when Mets closer Jeurys Familia gave up a ninth inning game tying run to Alex Gordon of the Royals. After Gordon’s late game drama the Mets surrendered the game to the Royals at a score of 5-4 in the 14th inning. You can catch all of the highlight of this incredible opening game to the World Series here.