The Kansas City Royals went up two games to none in the World Series with a decisive Wednesday night win over the New York Mets, 7-1.
The Kansas City Royals aggressive offense finally exploded on Wednesday night as they took Game Two of the 2015 World Series by soundly beating the New York Mets, 7-1. The Royals stellar effort was also buoyed by the brilliant pitching performance of their starter, Johnny Cueto. Cueto hurled a brilliant complete game surrendering only two hits. Kansas City now has a two games to none lead heading to New York on Friday for Game Three.
The game was tied at one until the fifth inning. The Royals lineup is aggressive at the plate and Mets starter Jacob deGrom seemed to be only able to hold them off for so long. The Royals put up a four spot in the fifth as they wore deGrom down and made him throw 35 pitches. Fourteen of those pitches were foul balls. The Mets ace surrendered the four runs in the fifth by way of five singles by nine batters and some heads up and aggressive base running by the Royals, according to USA Today.
The Royals aggression paid off as the game went along. Even though deGrom was firing fastballs at them in the 96 MPH range, the Royals slammed 33 of them and had only three strikeouts all night. In that fifth inning surge, the Royals offense only allowed four strikes to sail by into the catcher’s glove. The Royals rarely strike out and they rarely let a strike zone pitch go by.
It was an unusual night for deGrom. The 2014 American League Rookie of the Year only let up four runs in an inning once this season in the 211 innings he pitched. Meanwhile, Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto was brilliant and unhittable. Not only did he fire a two-hitter against the Mets, but he pitched the first complete game in a World Series since 1991. Cueto had been struggling somewhat early in the year and then was traded to Kansas City from the Cincinnati Reds.
The Royals went on to have a sparkling eighth inning that was shaping up to be a replay of the brilliant fifth. They pushed across three runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach for good at 7-1.