Much like the last time the Mets were in the World Series, the visiting team celebrated in Queens with a Game 5 victory. Replace one of the most dominant dynasties of all time with a team that can't not make contact, and the story is very much the same. The Royals unloaded with five runs in the 12th inning, leading to a 7-2 victory over the Mets.
Matt Harvey took the ball and, for eight innings, was nothing short of brilliant. Over the first eight innings, Harvey walked only one and struck out nine, giving by far his best pitching performance in months. He was absolutely dominant, making the Royals hitters look merely human, instead of the robotic hitting machine they have appeared to be for much of this series.
The Mets got their first run early, on a Curtis Granderson leadoff home run. They wouldn't score again until the sixth inning, when Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. A batter earlier, Yoenis Cespedes fouled a ball off of his knee, and left the game with a contusion.
With 102 pitches under his belt, Harvey came back out for the ninth inning to rapturous applause. After walking Lorenzo Cain, who promptly stole second, Eric Hosmer doubled him home, knocking Harvey out of the game.
Jeurys Familia came in with a runner on second, and almost secured a Mets win, but Lucas Duda failed to make an accurate throw to the plate, allowing Hosmer to score the tying run. Famila would get out of the inning, as well as pitch a scoreless tenth. He threw quite well in both innings, but recorded his third blown save this series.
Jonathon Niese entered in the top of the 11th, and, despite a single and stolen base by Hosmer, managed a clean inning. Addison Reed came in for the 12th and promptly gave up a single to Salvador Perez. Jarrod Dyson pinch ran, stole second, was moved over to third, and scored on a Christian Colon single. A Daniel Murphy error at second put two men on, and Alcides Escobar knocked in Colon with a single over third base. Lorenzo Cain hit a one-out, bases clearing double against Bartolo Colon, and all hope of a Mets victory was flushed away, as they were now down 7-2.
The Royals brought in their closer Wade Davis—because why not?—and the Mets went quietly in the bottom of the 12th, aside from a Michael Conforto opposite field single.
This was an absolute gut-wrenching loss, in an absolutely gut-wrenching series. The Mets were never supposed to be good enough to get here this year, but they did. They should be proud of what they've done, but this still hurts.
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