After a thrilling, comeback win Saturday night in New York, the Kansas City Royals find themselves on the brink of their first World Series Championship in 30 years.
KC rallied for three runs in the eighth inning after an error by second baseman Daniel Murphy and stunned the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday night for a 3-1 lead in the World Series.
Mets rookie Michael Conforto hit two home runs, and a sellout crowd kept getting louder and louder on Halloween night. But the fans at Citi Field gasped, then went silent after Murphy’s misplay.
Murphy let Eric Hosmer’s grounder go under his glove with one out, allowing the tying run to score. Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez followed with RBI singles.
The Royals posted their seventh postseason comeback win this October. Now, one more victory in November will clinch their first crown since 1985.
After three games, the World Series is averaging its largest television audience since 2009.
The New York Mets’ 9-3 win over Kansas City in Game 3 on Friday night drew 13.2 million viewers, with a 7.9 rating and 15 share.
Fox said Saturday the audience was up 9 percent from the 12.1 million for Kansas City’s 3-2 win over San Francisco in Game 3 last year. The rating was an increase of 10 percent from last year’s 7.2/13.
Edinson Volquez has rejoined the Kansas City Royals following his father’s death.
The right-hander is scheduled to start Sunday night in Game 5 of the World Series against the New York Mets, pending a conversation with manager Ned Yost.
Volquez, back from the Dominican Republic, wore a hooded sweat shirt in the Kansas City dugout during Game 4 at Citi Field on Saturday night.
Volquez started the Series opener Tuesday night, hours after his father died, and allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision. He said he got the news after completing his outing.
Kansas City won 5-4 in 14 innings, and Volquez flew home to the Dominican Republic.
With a 3-1 lead, now all it takes for the Royals is to win 1 out of the next 3 games. Their first opportunity to close it out is Sunday night in New York.
The game 1 starters will be back on the mound. Edinson Volquez for KC, and Matt Harvey for NY.
Pregame starts at 6:00. First pitch is at 7:07 on Newsradio 1150 KSAL.