As Sunday was a travel day for the 2022 World Series, I decided to take a trip down memory lane to recap a Halloween World Series game from the recent past.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
KC took a 3-1 lead in series
WP: Ryan Madson
LP: Tyler Clippard
S: Wade Davis
The New York Mets, who rode a Daniel Murphy offensive surge past the upstart Chicago Cubs to the World Series, needed a second straight victory to tie the Kansas City Royals in the series. The Royals wanted to avoid a repeat of the 2014 World Series when the San Francisco Giants tied the series with an 11-4 thumping of the Royals in Game 4 and went on to win in seven games.
The Royals stepped to the plate in the 8th inning, trailing by a score of 3-2. After Clippard issued back-to-back one-out walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain, he was replaced by closer Jeurys Familia. The next batter, Eric Hosmer, hit a slow chopper to the right side of the infield, which a charging Murphy failed to glove. Zobrist scored the tying run as the ball rolled past Murphy into right field.
Davis worked around two singles in the 9th to seal a Royals victory and 3-1 series lead. The Royals went on to defeat the Mets by a 7-2 margin in Game 5 and clinch their franchise’s second World Series championship.