World Series Game 4 — Royals at Mets
This is what you get for playing on Halloween – tricks, treats, and nothing like you’d expect. For most of the game, it seemed like it was going to be a tight game, handing it to the dominant Mets tonight, but then in one moment, it all shifted and became the Royals’ game.
And without a couple of home runs and a really terrible error, it was a rather boring
The Mets’ offense struck first in the bottom of the 3rd with a lead-off solo home run. Then a single moved to 2nd on a wild pitch and then 3rd on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a sacrifice fly (which was challenged, but upheld).
The Royals answered back in the 5th with a 1-out RBI single, but the Mets got that back in the bottom of that inning with another lead-off home run (by the same guy that hit the one in the 3rd). A lead-off double for the Royals in the 6th scored on an RBI single to keep the Royals within one run.
But then in the 8th, all the Halloween tricks were in full play. With 1 out and 2 walks and a new pitcher, the Mets spiraled out of the lead. A rather deflating fielding error allowed the tying run to score. Then consecutive singles scored two more runs for the Royals. And with the Royals sending in their reliable closer for a 6-out, 2-inning save, it was suddenly the Royals game to take into November. Though the Mets certainly threatened at the bottom of the 9th. No such luck for the Mets.
Final score: 5-3 Royals, Royals lead series 3-1.
And in Yankee Universe: three Yankees are up for Gold Gloves — Didi Gregorius (shortstop), Mark Teixeira (1st base), and Brett Gardner (left field). They are up against several well-known excellent players, including some in this current series. Gold Gloves are awarded based on the player’s defensive excellence at their particular fielding position. This could be Teixeira’s 6th Gold Glove (his last one was in 2012), but the first for Gregorius and Gardner. Winners will be announced November 10. (By the way, 2012 was the last time a Yankee won a Gold Glove, 2 actually — Teixeira at 1st and Cano at 2nd.)