Meanwhile, in the Twitterverse, it was being reported that the father of Kansas City starting pitcher Edinson Volquez had died in the Dominican Republic shortly before the game began. One source claimed that Volquez heard the news on his way to the ballpark, other reports claimed he didn’t know. Heidi Watney said she checked with the Royals and they claimed he did not know and his father’s death was not even confirmed. The broadcaster of the game, Fox Sports, chose not to report on it while Volquez was still in the game.
The game remained tied through three innings. Volquez breezed through the first eight hitters but nailed Kelly Johnson with a pitch and walked Curtis Granderson with two outs in the top of the 3rd. He got David Wright to strike out to end the threat.
Daniel Murphy led off the 4th with the first Mets’ hit of the game. A Lucas Duda single to right and an infield single by Travis d’Arnaud scored the Mets’ first run and tied the game. Volquez escaped further damage.
In the top of the 5th, Curtis Granderson homered to right to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
Volquez ran into trouble in the top of the 6th. Yoenis Cespedes led off with a single and Lucas Duda followed with a hard ground ball to the right of second. The Royals had a shift on for Duda and the ball was hit just to the left of Mike Moustakas, normally a third baseman but playing were the second baseman usually plays because of the shift. Moustakas could not handle the hard hit ball and Duda had a single, with Cespedes moving to third base. Travis d’Arnaud then struck out but Michael Conforto follows with a sacrifice fly to left to tack on another run for the Mets. Wilmer Flores then rips a shot down the third base line that Mike Moustakas snags with a backhand and fires to first for the final out of the inning. Moustakas probably should have made the earlier play but he saved a run with this backhanded grab on this play.
The Royals came right back in the bottom of the 6th when Ben Zobrist led off with a double to right and Lorenzo Cain moved him to third with a single of his own. Eric Hosmer followed with a sacrifice fly to center to pull the Royals to within a run, 3-2. With Kendrys Morales at the dish, Lorenzo Cain stole second. Morales then grounds back to the pitcher for out number two. Needing a clutch two-out hit, the Royals get it when Mike Moustakas singles to center to tie the game.
With the score tied in the top of the 8th, the Mets scored a run in a manner more typical of the Royals. Juan Lagares singled with two outs, then stole second. He came around to score the go-ahead run on an error by Eric Hosmer. Hosmer won the Gold Glove award in the AL in 2013 and 2014 but has been rated as a below average first baseman by Fangraphs in each of his five years in the major leagues. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Hosmer has been close to league average in his two Gold Glove seasons.
The Royals got a rally going in the bottom of the 8th on a Ben Zobrist leadoff double. Then Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer struck out, which is unusual for a Royals’ team that struck out less often than any team in baseball this season. Kendrys Morales followed with a walk and the Mets brought in Jeurys Familia to stifle the threat. Familia got Moustakas to ground out to short to end the inning.
With a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Mets needed just three outs to get the win. Familia got Salvador Perez to ground out to short, but Alex Gordon hit a solo home run to tie the game. You have to tip your hat to Royals’ manager Ned Yost for strategically placing one of his best hitters in the #8 spot in the lineup so he could come up at this key moment to tie the game (he wrote sarcastically).
The score was tied at the end of nine innings, so the teams moved on to the 10th. Neither team could score through the 13th inning, with Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon pitching in relief for the Mets and Ryan Madson and Chris Young going for the Royals. Finally, in the bottom of the 14th, the Royals loaded the bases on an error, a single, and an intentional walk. Then Eric Hosmer sent the fans home happy with a sacrifice fly to right to win the game.
This was the longest Game One of a World Series ever and tied with two other games for the longest World Series game in baseball history. The other two games were Game 2 in 1916, when the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-1, and Game 3 in 2005, when the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros, 7-5.