Game 1 of the World Series kicked off last night, and, boy!, did we get our money's worth! Matt Harvey, who came under fire at the end of the season when his agent caused a ruckus about an innings limit, squared off against Edinson Volquez, a cagey veteran arm that has bounced around from pitching staff to pitching staff.
Kansas City is long removed from a championship but could not have dreamed up a better start. Alciedes Escobar took the first pitch he saw from Harvey, hit it to the wall where it ricocheted off Mets right fielder Yoenis Cespedes, allowing Escobar to go home to home in 15 seconds.
From then, it was a see-saw game with great defense, solid outings from both starters, and crucial hits. The Mets sprinkled runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to go up 3-1 -- only to watch as the Royals promptly even it back up in their half of the 6th.
In the midst of all this, FOX's broadcast van shorted out, which made for a wonderful game of musical hairdos as the studio bounced from their studio to the international broadcast team, then studio, ultimately back to the game and Joe Buck back at the helm.
It also saw everyone in America win a free breakfast sandwich from Taco Bell, for they do that if someone steals a base in the World Series, and it happened! You can cash in on your free breakfast on November 5th from 7am-11am.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer booted a routine groundball in the top of the 8th that allowed New York 3rd baseman Daniel Murphy to score, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. With their last at bat, Kansas City was lifted to even when Alex Gordon got every last bit of a breaking ball, hitting it dead center to tie it back up at 4.
Tied for the longest World Series game in history, the two traded scoreless innings until the 14th. The Royals started with Cespedes, leading off with a walk. A sacrifice fly moved him over and set the stage for Eric Hosmer to atone for his earlier defensive gaffe which nearly cost the Royals. He did exactly that, driving the ball deep in the outfield, which gave the lightning quick Cespedes all he needed to score.
The Royals won 5-4, and the citizens won free breakfast. The inside-the-park home run to start a World Series was only the second ever and first since 1903!
Game 2 is scheduled for tonight (October 28) with Johnny Cueto facing off against Jacob DeGrom.