The first game of the World Series included an inside-the-park home run, a power outage and the longest Game 1 in World Series history. But, when have you ever known the Royals to do anything normally? When the Royals looked like they were done in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Gordon hit a home run to tie the game. Then, in the fourteenth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a sac fly that drove in Alcides Escobar to win the game 5-4. Endinson Volquez was on the mound and had a great game, only giving up six hits and three runs in six strong innings. Before the game began, everyone found out that Volquez’s father passed away…except Volquez. My heart breaks for Eddie, but I am glad that manager, Ned Yost, was able to keep the bad news to himself like Volquez’s wife requested. Volquez flew back to the Dominican Republic immediately following his outing to be with his family. It is said he is going to meet the team in New York on Friday or Saturday. The Royals won the game for Volquez and his family.
On Wednesday night Johnny Cueto proved why the Royals acquired him. I love the way Cueto pitches at the K and I’m so glad Ned Yost decided to have him pitch at home instead of on the road. His complete game was the first by an American League pitcher in the World Series since Jack Moore went 10 innings in 1991; and the first by a Royals pitcher since Bret Saberhagen in Game 7 in ’85.
Speaking of Saberhagen, here is a funny clip from Jimmy Kimmel showcasing his rapping skills:
Back to World Series baseball, Jacob deGrom just didn’t pitch as well as Cueto. While deGrom breezed through three no hit innings and worked out of a bases loaded fourth inning, he wasn’t so lucky in the fifth when the Royals got four hits off of him. The Royals won Game 2 of the World Series 7-1.
This is the stage where we find out if the team is different than last year’s team. They were up in the series last year two games to one, but couldn’t finish it. I think this year is different in many ways and not just because of the dominance in the first two games at Kauffman Stadium. This young Royals team is experienced at facing different pitchers who like to throw fastballs and luckily for us, the Royals are good at hitting fastballs. Going into this weekend I believe the Royals will at least win one game which means they will bring the Series back to Kansas City to win it all!
LET’S GO ROYALS!!