And in the end, not even the Dark Knight could save the Mets’ season.
The Kansas City Royals rallied to erase a two-run deficit off Matt Harvey and closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning before scoring five runs in the top of the 12th, earning a 7-2 victory Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., earning their first championship since 1985, four games to one.
Christian Colon, in his first postseason at-bat, singled in pinch runner Jarrod Dyson with the go-ahead run off Addison Reed in the 12th, then the floodgates opened as Daniel Murphy had an error for the second straight game. Royals closer Wade Davis allowed a hit to Michael Comforto, one of only two hits the KC bullpen allowed in six innings. It was a disappointing end for a stunning run for the Mets.
“They got through a long season and learned how to play in October,” Mets manager Terry Collins said about his team. “They’re going to be a lot better because of this experience.”
For a while it looked as if the Mets would survive to go back to Kansas City Tuesday. Harvey was dominant for eight innings, holding onto a 2-0 lead built on Curtis Granderson’s leadoff homer and a sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda in the sixth.
Harvey, who earlier in the season saw his agent talk about innings limits, had thrown 102 pitches and talked Collins to let him pitch into the ninth.
“The last thing I wanted to do is not finish what I started,” Harvey said.
He walked Lorenzo Cain and stayed in to face Eric Hosmer who doubled. Familia came in and got Mike Moustakas to ground out to Duda, moving Hosmer to third. With the infield in, Series MVP Salvador Perez hit a grounder and third baseman David Wright got the out at first before Hosmer broke for home. Duda made a bad throw, ensuring the game would continue. It was Familia’s third blown save in the Series, and according to STATS, LLC, the Royals were the first team with to earn three wins in a World Series when trailing in the eighth inning. Harvey finished allowing five hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.
“I told (Harvey) that was enough, and he said, ‘I want this game, I want it bad and you’ve got to leave me in,’ ” Collins said. “Obviously I let my heart get in the way of my gut. … I got one of the best closers in the game and I got him in too late and that’s inexcusable for me.”
When the Mets loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs, Yoenis Cespedes, most likely in his final game as a Met (along with Murphy) fouled a ball off his knee before meekly popping out and leaving the game. Duda’s sac fly was the only run they managed that inning.
“We didn’t do anything offensively,” Collins said. “If we had done more, it wouldn’t have gotten to that point (in the ninth).”
The Royals also stole four bases in the game and continued to force the Mets into mistakes.
But the season can be considered a success as the Mets made the postseason for the first time since 2006 and were in their first Series since 2000.
“This was a time to … be proud of your accomplishments, but when you get beat at the end of a season, it’s not fun,” Collins said.