World Series Game 3: KC vs. NYM — Superheroes, 1980s’ style, November baseball

World Series Game 3 — Royals at Mets

It all started with the “high pitch heard ’round the Midwest”. Baseball is back in New York this weekend, and the Mets took control of the game and held onto it like they’ve done most of the season against their competitors. In other words, that “home field advantage” thing may actually have some legs.

Anyway, so it was one of the Mets’ superheroes on the mound tonight, Syndergaard, affectionately known as “Thor”, threw a high first pitch, and because the Royals couldn’t find a way to come back and dominate their opponents, it was all anyone from the team or city wanted to talk about. Don’t get me wrong, the Royals certainly made a big dent in Thor’s first couple of innings. In the 1st inning, a 1-out double moved to 3rd on a single and then scored on a force ground out to get the ball rolling.

Then in the 2nd, with 2 runners on base with singles, a single scored another Royals run. Now, initially, the runner going to 3rd on the throw was called safe, but upon a Mets’ challenge and replay, it proved he was tagged out and overturned for the 1st out of the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved the other runner to 3rd on the next play, who then scored on a passed ball.

And that would be it for scoring from Kansas City. Because after a bit of this dust-up, and even some threats in later innings, the Mets’ pitchers and the fielders weren’t letting much happen to the Royals’ offense for the rest of the night. Thor ended his night getting out of a 6-inning jam unscathed and then his three relievers (who kept the Royals hitless and scoreless under their tenure tonight) kept the ball rolling for the Mets in their house.

Now, the Royals’ pitchers on the other hand had far too much trouble trying to control the Mets’ offense tonight. Their starter Ventura alone gave up 7 hits and 5 runs in just over 3 innings. Not a night for the highlight reel. In the bottom of the 1st, the Mets’ offense led off with a single who then scored on a 2-run home run by “Captain America”. Then they repeated this in the bottom of the 3rd — a lead-off single (by Thor, by the way) and then a 2-run home run. This put them in the lead over the Royals at this point, something they never gave up the rest of the game.

They added an insurance run in the 4th. A single and double put runners in scoring position, but a single scored just one of them. And after one out, the Royals replaced their starter and began the string of relievers from their bullpen. And in the 6th, the Royals really suffered their biggest blow. With yet another reliever on the mound, the Mets put runners on base with a 1-out single and a hit-by-pitch. A single scored one run and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases, forcing another pitching change. A single from Captain America (it’s really superhero night, isn’t it?) scored 2 more runs, and a walk loaded the bases again. A sacrifice fly pushed one more Met across the plate.

And that would be enough, more than enough really.

Final score: 9-3 Mets, Royals lead series 2-1.

The parallels some people are drawing to the 1986 World Series is interesting. The 1986 Mets lost the first game of that series (to the Red Sox, by the way) by 1 run, the second game by 6 runs, and then came back to win the third game by 6 runs. For future reference, Game 4 was 6-2 Mets, Game 5 was 4-2 Red Sox, Game 6 was 6-5 Mets, and Game 7 was 8-5 Mets for a Mets’ win in the World Series. Though to be fair, in the 1985 World Series, the Royals were down 2 games and then came back to win Game 3, lost Game 4, won Games 5 and 6, and then overwhelmed the Cardinals to win Game 7 and that series.

It’s still very much anyone’s game, anyone’s series to win. And removing the potential for a sweep means that we’ll have November baseball this year.

Go Yankees!

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