The Mets were the hottest team in the postseason after sweeping the Cubs to win the National League Championship Series, but the Royals were the better team in the World Series, winning it with a 7-2 victory in 12 innings of Game 5 on Sunday night at Citi Field to win the team’s second World Series title, the first since 1985.
Mets SP Matt Harvey threw well through 8 innings — striking out 9 while keeping the Royals off the scoreboard — but when he went back out for the 9th inning, he allowed a leadoff walk to OF Lorenzo Cain, who scored on a Eric Hosmer double, after stealing second base, to cut the lead to 2-1. Closer Jeurys Familia then came in to relieve Harvey. After inducing a groundout by 3B Mike Moustakas that advanced Hosmer to third base, C Salvador Perez hit a grounder to third, and after 3B David Wright through the ball to 1B Lucas Duda to get the out there, Hosmer broke for home and, after a bad throw by Duda that got away from C Travis d’Arnaud, Hosmer scored the tying run. OF Alex Gordon then grounded out to end the inning. After the Mets went down in order in the 9th, we went to extra innings.
After scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th, the Royals broke it open in the 12th inning, scoring 5 runs off of RPs Addison Reed and Bartolo Colon, ultimately winning 7-2 after closer Wade Davis struck out the side, allowing just a single to OF Michael Conforto in his inning of work, to end the game. Perez, who hit .364 in the Series, was named MVP, becoming the first catcher to earn the honor since the Blue Jays’ Pat Borders in 1992.
This series may be over, but these teams aren’t through with each other yet; they’re set to play each other in a two-game series in Kansas City to open their respective 2016 seasons in April.