2015 World Series Game 1

royalsSometimes the best and the most important game of the World Series is the opening one. That was the case in the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. The New York Mets were looking to win their first World Series since 1985  meanwhile the Kansas City Royals who lost in the World Series the previous year by a single run were looking for their first World Series title since 1985. On the very first pitch in Game 1, Royals Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run, the first time in a World Series game since Mule Haas in the 1929 World Series. The Mets would tie the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning with an RBI single from Travis d’Arnaud. Mets Curtis Granderson smacked a home run to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the 5th inning. The Mets added one more in the 6th with a sacrifice fly RBI by Michael Conforto to increase the lead 3-1. Royals came back in the bottom of the 6th scoring with Eric Hosmer sac fly and Mike Moustakas single to tie the game 3-3. In the 8th, disaster struck for the Royals, Wilmer Flores reached on an fielding error by Hosmer that allowed Juan Lagares to go all the way home to score to put the Mets up 4-3 in what looked to be a gut punch to the Royals. In the bottom of the 9th with the Royals down to their last two outs and Mets locked down closer Jeury Famila in the game, it appeared the Royals needed somewhat of a miracle to win this game. A miracle would happen as Royals Alex Gordon tied the game 4-4 with a home run become the 5th player in World Series history to tie a World Series game in the 9th inning. The game went into extra innings and a couple of close calls but both team doing everything they can to take Game 1. In the bottom of the 14th, Escobar reached first base on a throwing error. Ben Zobrist base hit allowed Escobar to reach third base. Hosmer would hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Escobar to win a wild Game 1 5-4. The game lasted five hours and nine minutes which tied the record for the longest game by innings in World Series history. It was also the first time in World Series history that the same player scored  both the first run of the game on the very first pitch, and the last run of the game on the final pitch. The Royal went on to win the series in five games.

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