Oct 28, 2015 12:44 AM
The Latest: Mets-Royals tied 4-4 after 12 of WS opener
The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):
Chris Young struck out the side in the 12th for the Royals. Paulo Orlando led off the bottom half with an infield single to third base off Bartolo Colon. He advanced to third on a sacrifice and groundout, but the 42-year-old Colon got Jarrod Dyson to pop up to center field to keep it ted.
On to the 13th inning, making this the longest opener in World Series history.
Royals' reliever Ryan Madson struck out David Wright with runners on first and second to end the top of the 11th. The Mets sent it to the 12th when Curtis Granderson made a running grab of Jarrod Dyson's leadoff line drive and Jonathon Niese struck out Alex Gordon after Salvador Perez's grounder caromed off third base for a base hit. New York and Kansas City are tied 4-4.
Royals closer Wade Davis was perfect in the ninth, and Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese matched it in the bottom half. New York and Kansas City are tied 4-4 after 10 innings.
The Royals and Mets are headed to extra innings in Game 1 of the World Series.
Alex Gordon hit a soaring home run to centerfield with one out in the ninth off Mets closer Jeurys Familia, tying the game 4-all and sending a flag-waving crowd into a tizzy.
It was the first blown save for Familia since July 30, and the second homer this postseason for Gordon, the popular left-fielder known more for his glove than his bat.
Royals closer Wade Davis is on to pitch the 10th.
Fox explains in a statement why its video feed failed, causing a 7-minute delay during Game 1 of the World Series:
"Before the start of the bottom of the fourth inning of tonight's World Series Game 1, a rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the FOX Sports production compound to lose power. The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time needed to switch to carriage of Major League Baseball's international feed, powered by a different generator on site. The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both team's clubhouses. We apologize for the interruption in tonight's coverage and are working to ensure that the remainder of the World Series is broadcast without incident."
The Mets took advantage of a rare error by Royals two-time Gold Glove first basemen Eric Hosmer for a 4-3 lead. Late-game defensive replacement Juan Lagares singled on the ninth pitch of his at-bat against Kelvin Herrera with two outs. Lagares stole second and scored when Hosmer failed to scoop Wilmer Flores' sharp two-hopper for an error.
The Royals charged back to knot the game 3-all with two runs in the sixth inning off Mets ace Matt Harvey, who had retired 11 straight batters before Ben Zobrist's leadoff double.
Lorenzo Cain followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and Eric Hosmer's fly ball to center field was deep enough to get Kansas City within 3-2. It was the 24th postseason RBI for Hosmer, breaking a tie with George Brett for the franchise record.
Cain stole second and, after Harvey retired Kendrys Morales, Mike Moustakas poked a two-out single through the right side of the infield to tie the game.
Michael Conforto's sacrifice fly extends New York's lead to 3-1 in the sixth.
Lucas Duda's single again squeezed between two infielders on the right side sent Yoenis Cespedes from first to third. Cespedes led off with a single.
Edinson Volquez escapes the inning with no further damage.
The World Series opener was delayed for about 7 minutes with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning when Fox's video feed failed, causing both teams to lose access to their replay rooms.
Umpires spoke with managers of both teams and also put on headsets, presumably to speak with Major League Baseball's replay center in New York. When play resumed, the U.S. telecast switched to the international feed.
The U.S. broadcast returned at the start of the bottom of the fifth inning, after Curtis Granderson put the Mets ahead 2-1 with a homer off Edinson Volquez with one out in the top half.
Expanded video review began in 2014. Teams have video rooms at ballparks and have employees who monitor the various feeds and stay in touch with their dugouts, giving managers information used to decide whether to challenge umpires' calls.
Curtis Granderson homers to right field on a 1-2 pitch from Edinson Volquez in the fifth, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Granderson is one of two Mets on the roster with previous World Series experience. He made it in 2006 with Detroit and went 2 for 21 (.095) with seven strikeouts against St. Louis.
The World Series opener was delayed for about 7 minutes with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Fox said on its broadcast the network lost power to its truck. Umpires spoke with managers of both teams and also put on headsets, presumably to speak with Major League Baseball's replay center in New York.
When play resumed, the U.S. telecast switched to the international feed.
Travis d'Arnaud's infield single ties it for the Mets in the fourth inning.
The rally started with a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy who else? That was New York's first hit off Royals starter Edinson Volquez, pitching hours after his father died.
Lucas Duda squeezed a hard-hit single through two infielders on the right side, foiling Kansas City's defensive shift. That sent Murphy to third and he scored when Mike Moustakas knocked down d'Arnaud's grounder just inside third base.
The Royals' Alcides Escobar has led off the World Series with an inside-the-park home run off Mets ace Matt Harvey.
Escobar, who has a penchant for swinging at the first pitch, did so again, connecting for the second leadoff inside-the-parker in World Series history. Patsy Dougherty hit the first, in the second game in 1903.
Escobar, a light-hitting shortstop on a postseason roll, hit a 95 mph fastball deep into the left-center gap.
Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes and left fielder Michael Conforto gave chase, but the ball ricocheted off Cespedes' lower right leg and rolled away.
With the ball hugging the wall, Escobar raced around the bases for a home run that gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead before most fans had taken a seat.
Mule Haas of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1929 had the last inside-the-park homer in a World Series game before Escobar.
The World Series opener is underway on a rainy night at Kauffman Stadium.
Edinson Volquez began Game 1 with a 95 mph called strike to Curtis Granderson, who flied out to left on the second pitch.
Heavy rain in the afternoon gave way to light rain at game time, when the temperature was 52 degrees.
The tarp is off the field at Kauffman Stadium, and the Royals and Mets are starting to warm up for a dreary Game 1 of the World Series.
Rain has fallen all day in Kansas City, at times quite heavily. But meteorologists expect it to taper off shortly after the 7:07 p.m. first pitch, and there is only a 20 percent of light showers by 10 p.m.
The rain hasn't put a damper on the enthusiasm of Royals fans. Many of them sat in the rain when there was nothing to see but the tarp, just happy to be in the stadium for the Royals' second consecutive World Series appearance.
Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start Game 2 for Kansas City and potentially Game 6 both at home.
Cueto appeared to get a bit rattled in Toronto during one of the worst starts of his career in the AL Championship Series, but manager Ned Yost says that had no impact on the order of the World Series rotation.
"No, I feel like he's pitched great games here. He really draws on the energy of our fans. And again, I felt like you try to put everybody in a position where they can be successful," Yost said. "We just felt it was the best move."
Jacob deGrom will pitch Game 2 for the Mets. He is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three postseason outings all away from home.
"I just like pitching," deGrom said. "On the road, it doesn't really matter. I've actually enjoyed pitching on the road in the postseason. You go out there and you're getting booed and it's fun to try to silence the crowd."
New York has seen plenty of Cueto from his days in the National League with Cincinnati. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 11 starts against the Mets
"Seems like every time we played the Reds he was pitching," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Now with his new delivery alterations he's made, you better get your feet on the ground. Because this guy can quick-pitch you. He can make you wait. So you better get ready to hit as soon as you get in the batter's box. That certainly is something unique to him."
Terry Collins was selected NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News.
The New York Mets' skipper beat out St. Louis' Mike Matheny in voting conducted before the postseason by a panel of 13 National League managers
"It's a tremendous honor. I'm humbled by that, because there are some great managers in this league," Collins said. "But I like to sit where I'm sitting. I like where I'm at, not where some of those guys are. I'm thrilled by it."
The only other Mets manager to win the award was Gil Hodges in 1969, Sporting News said.
Collins, in his fifth season with the Mets, received seven votes to five for Matheny. Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs got one.
"The only reason why I'm sitting here is I have good players. And I owe them everything," Collins said. "Very special coming from the managers, and I'm honored."
Hall of Famer Paul Molitor was the AL winner in his first year with the Minnesota Twins.
Before the World Series opener, Royals manager Ned Yost was asked about his time as a taxidermist.
"My uncle ran a bowling alley there in Jackson, Mississippi. And they had a storage room out back. And that was my winter job," he said. "We'd go deer hunting and we'd do taxidermy in the back of the bowling alley back there. It was a lot of fun. The bowling alley is still there, but there's nothing in the back but old bowling balls and old pins there, I think."