The scouting report on New York first baseman Lucas Duda was that the Royals could test his arm. They didn’t get that chance until two outs in the top of the ninth inning of Game 5, when Eric Hosmer darted for home after Salvador Perez hit a soft grounder to third baseman David Wright.
The Mets third baseman ranged to his left, gave a look to Hosmer, but he was so far away from the play, Hosmer could stay off the bag. Once Wright released to first, Hosmer took off.
A good throw by Duda would have ended the ballgame, and it would have been questioned given that Alex Gordon was on deck, who you’ll remember homered off Jeurys Familia in Game 1 to that contest in the ninth.
Instead Hosmer’s element of surprise caught Duda off guard and the Royals tied the game at 2-2.
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Christian Colon was the overall 4th round pick in the 2010 MLB draft. New York starter Matt Harvey was selected three players later, seventh overall. Harvey had a chance to be the hero in the ninth inning but lost his shutout bid.
Colon, who was left off the 2014 World Series roster with a finger injury, showed no rust at the plate in the 12th inning. His single scored Jarrod Dyson, putting the Royals on top 3-2.
The last time Colon batted was on October 4th at Minnesota. It went 1-for-1 with a walk in that win over the Twins.
Colon’s postseason batting numbers in three at-bats: 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI and stolen base 1.000 avg
After Colon’s single, Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz came up to Colon and gave him a fist bump to the chest yelling “Gimme some…atta boy…Hell yeah!!!”
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Manager Ned Yost talked about the job his pitching staff did in Game 5. A remarkable effort by Edinson Volquez who made a mistake to the first hitter of the game, hanging a changeup to Curtis Granderson, who homered deep to center field.
The Mets had a chance to blow the game open in the sixth. They loaded the bases on Volquez with no outs. Granderson scored on a sac fly to make it 2-0, but Edinson limited the damage to just that one run.
Kelvin Herrera came on a pitched his first three-inning game of the season and held the Mets to one hit while striking out three.
Luke Hochevar, who returned from Tommy John surgery, pitched the 10th and 11th innings, holding New York to just one walk.
With a five-run lead, Wade Davis gave up a two out single, but struck out the side including the Series clincher against shortstop Wilmer Flores.
In seven World Series games over the last two seasons, Davis has thrown nine innings, allowing six hits and one unearned run while striking out 18 and walking none.
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