Saturday, October 31, 2015

David Wright, Noah Syndergaard power Mets to Game 3 win

KC leads Series 2-1

With the backs to the wall the Mets got it done behind the right arm of a 23-year old prodigy nicknamed Thor, and a 32-year old third baseman who has been the face of the franchise for over a decade. In a game the Mets needed in order to give themselves the belief they can make a series out of this 2015 World Series, New York got it done behind David Wright and Noah Syndergaard, dropping the Royals 9-3 in critical Game 3.

The tone of the game was set early by Syndergaard when he came high and inside to Royals lead-off batter Alcides Escobar, setting off the tempers in the Royals dugout. Apparently Sydergaard got into their heads, as the Royals spent the entire night stewing over the right-hander doing his job, by coming in on a guy who has hurt the Mets in this World Series.

Syndergaard was amazing, especially after he struggled early in the game, allowing three runs in the opening two innings to put the Mets behind by a score of 3-2. Yet, he never relented, just like his teammates, who never gave up down 3-2 with the threat of a 3-0 series deficit starring them in the face. Syndergaard would retire the next 12 men to face him after an Escobar single in the second inning, allowing the Mets to take full control of the contest.

For the first time in this World Series the Mets offense came to life with David Wright leading the charge. Wright's two-run blast off of Yondero Ventura in the first inning not only gave New York a 2-1 lead, it gave the Mets renewed confidence that they could make something of this Series.

Wright had been struggling all postseason long, hitting a paltry .182 heading into Game 3. On Friday, he was 2-for-5 with four RBI and home run. The four RBI were the most RBI by a Mets in  a World Series game since Rusty Staubb in Game 5 of the 1973 Fall Classic.

Later in the bottom of the third inning, with Kansas City on top by a score of 3-2, Curtis Granderson dropped a Ventura fastball just over the wall in the right field corner for a two-run homer to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. New York would tack on four runs in an explosive sixth inning to blow the game wide open.

The Catalyst was easily Juan Uribe, who got a standing ovation from the Mets faithful. Uribe came up for his first at bat in the playoffs and delivered a pinch-hit single to right to drive in Juan Lagares to make it 6-2. After Kansas City's Franklin Morales loaded the bases on a walk to Granderson, David Wright lined a single to center scoring two Mets to push the lead to 8-3. Yoneis Cespedes capped off the rally when he barely missed what could have been a grand slam home run, and flew out to left for a sac fly to make it 9-3.

Syndergaard got the win, his second of the postseason. The 23-year old flame thrower went six innings allowing three runs on seven hits, and struck out six Royals. The Mets bullpen combo of Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia pitched shutout innings in relief.

The Royals maintain a lead in the series at 2-1, but the Mets now have life, but they must win tomorrow to back that up and even up this series.

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