Game 3 of the World Series was a do or die game for the Mets. Well, not only didn’t they die, they thrived. They are now back in this series after a big win.
Noah Syndergaard started off the game with a pitch that went just past Alcides Escobar’s head. He later struck out as the Royals bulpen barked. Ben Zobrist followed with a double to center. Lorenzo Cain hit a little squibber to the left of the mound. Syndergaard could not field it, and by the time David Wright came up with it, it was too late. Zobrist advanced to third when it got past Syndergaard. Eric Hosmer hit a chopper to first on which Lucas Duda made a jumping stop. He threw to second for the second out. But Wilmer Flores’s throw for an inning-ending double play was not good. And besides, Duda and Syndergaard almost collided at first trying to catch the throw. Zobrist scored to make it 1-0.
But the Mets answered back in the bottom of the first. Curtis Granderson singled into the shift, and then David Wright deposited a ball into the seats in left to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
But it was short-lived. Kansas City led off the second with two singles. Alex Rios singled to score a run to tie the game, with Alex Gordon getting thrown out at third on a play that needed to be reviewed. A sacrifice moved Rios to third and he scored on a passed ball to make it 3-2.
But the Mets were not about to lay down. Syndergaard led off the third with a single and Curtis Granderson homered to give the Mets back the lead, 4-3.
Duda led off the fourth with a single and moved to third on a Travis d’Arnaud double. Conforto reached on an infield single to plate Duda to extend the lead to 5-3. With one out, starter Yordano Ventura was removed. Danny Duffy got the final two outs to end the inning.
Meantime, Syndergaard settled down, at one point retiring 12 straight batters. That streak was broken with two outs in the sixth when Mike Moustakas reached in an infield single. He walked the next two batters to load the bases. He got out of it by inducing a grounder up the middle that Flores fielded, who threw to first for the third out.
The Mets blew the game open in the sixth. With one out Juan Lagares pinch hit for Michael Conforto and got a single. Flores was hit by a pitch. Juan Uribe then pinch hit for Syndergaard. In his first at bat in a month after that chest injury, Uribe singled to right to bring home Lagares and make it 6-3. Runners on first and third now, Granderson hit a comebacker. Pitcher Franklin Morales looked at each base, confused, and ended up throwing wide of second to load the bases. Wright came through again, singling up the middle to drive in two runs and make it an 8-3 ballgame. Daniel Murphy walked to load the bases. Yoenis Cespedes hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-3.
Syndergaard threw six innings and 104 pitches, allowing three runs on seven hits. Those two walks in the sixth were the only ones he allowed, and he struck out six Royals. Remember, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom combined to strike out just four in their starts.
Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia finished things off to seal the game for the Mets.
Mets win 9-3 and cut the Royals lead in the World Series to 2-1. Now we’ve got a series!