Kansas City Royals v New York Mets

These are the results of a mini series I played between the 2015 Mets and Royals using History Maker Baseball.

Game 1 – 27 October 2015

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
New York Mets 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 7 13 0
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 6 1

A two run homer from Cespedes put the Mets in to a lead that they never looked like losing. Cespedes, with a 5 for 5, and 5 RBI performance kept putting nails into the Kansas’ coffin, and Harvey (7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run) and Clippard (2 innings. 4 hits, 2 runs) did more than enough to secure the win. 1-0 for the Mets.

Game 2 – 28 October 2015

New York lead the series 1-0

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
New York Mets 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 0
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 5 7 0

New York’s Conforto solo home run in the third was eventually matched and exceeded after pitcher DeGrom gave up two walks in the fifth innings. This kept Kansas on a track they solidly converted to three runs. In the sixth, Granderson hit in leadoff, and scored, to threaten a New York fightback. That came to an end with Murphy and Cespedes grounding out (including into a double play). Cespedes’ 0 for 4 performance was in marked contrast to his first game one. A four hit seventh innings by Kansas had Gordon & Rios score the final runs, and the game really petered out after that. DeGrom (6 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs) Verrett (1 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs) and Goeddel (1 innings, no hits, no runs) pitched averagely. And while Cueto (8 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs) and Morales (1 innings, 1 hit, no runs) were marginally better, it was largely the Kansas performance in the field that kept them in the lead. 1-1 in the series.

Game 3 – 30 October 2015

Series tied at 1-1

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 13 0
New York Mets 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 1

Flores was a star for New York (2 for 4, and 5 5 RBI) starting with a grand slam home run in the second innings. Wright and Flores drove in another couple of runs in the third. Moustakas (2 for 5, and 2 RBI) tried hard, but Kansas left too many men on, allowing Syndergaard (7 innings, 11 hits, 4 runs) and Goeddel (2 innings, 2 hits, no runs) to escape from trouble far too often. Ventura (3 innings, 9 hits, 6 runs) was pulled after all the damage had been done. Davis (3 innings, 1 hit, no runs) and Madson (2 innings, 1 hit no run) were awesome, but it was too late for Kansas. New York lead the series 2-1.

Game 4 – 31 October 2015

New York lead the series 2-1.

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 5 9 0
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

Young (8 innings, 5 hits, no runs, and 9 strikeouts) and Davis (1 innings, no hits, no runs) were the Kansas stars, though Zobrist (3 for 4) and Rios (2 for 3) made a solid batting contribution. The New York batting was almost non existent, and the pitching just not good enough: Matz (6 innings, 4 hits, 1 run), Verrett (2 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs), and Clippard (1 innings, 1 hit, 1 run). Ironically, Murphy’s error in the fifth saw his team come to no harm. The series is tied at 2-2.

Game 5 – 1 November 2015

Series tied at 2-2.

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 11 1
New York Mets 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 10 0

Kansas began this deciding game with a dreadful two base error from Cain that helped give the Mets a 2-0 lead. But a fifth inning combination of hits from Escobar, Zobrist, and Pereze, put Kansas in the lead by 3-2. This went to 4-2 in the sixth ininning, with Perez driving in Hosmer on a fine double. Cespedes hit a solo home run in the seventh, to cut the lead to one. but Kansas held on, helped by an awesome pitching performance from Volquez (9 innings, 10 hits, 3 runs, and 8 strikeouts) in these closing innings. Harvey (5 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs) and Goeddel (4 innings, 4 hits, and 1 run) were not dominant enough. Kansas win the series 3-2.