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World Series Past: October 31, 2015

The words World Series made from vintage lead letterpress type on a leather background.

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

Kansas City 5, New York 3

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.

New York grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning on Michael Conforto‘s leadoff homer and Curtis Granderson‘s sacrifice fly. Conforto would hit another solo shot in the 5th inning.

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.

The Royals would score two more runs on RBI singles by Mike Moustakas and Salvador Pérez to take a 5-3 lead.

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.