It was fitting that the final ball of Game 3 of the World Series was hit to Mets third baseman David Wright on Friday night. The captain’s big night was one of the reasons the Mets were able to defeat Kansas City 9-3 at Citi Field, shaving the Royals’ advantage to two games to one, with Game 4 scheduled for Saturday night in Flushing, N.Y.
Wright had a two-run homer in the first off Yordano Ventura to start the scoring for the Mets after the Royals scored in the first, and in the sixth inning his two-run single broke open the game as the Mets got their first World Series win since Game 3 in 2000.
“I’ve been working on some things mechanically, trying to get on time,” Wright said to Fox Sports after the game about his home run. “That’s been the biggest thing for me is trying to be on time, put my foot down and be ready for the fastball. So I went up there looking for a fastball, got it and put a nice, easy swing on it.
“I don’t think I’ve swung the bat as well as I can this postseason, but it’s been nice to be able to contribute. I’ve had a couple RBI. The name of the game is just forget about yesterday and worry about today, so I’m glad I was able to contribute today.”
As surprising as the Mets’ postseason run has been, the fact that Wright is part of it is also a shock. A Met since 2004, Wright was limited to 38 regular-season games due to lumbar spinal stenosis, sitting out from mid-April until August. But he has recovered well enough to be an important part of the first World Series of his career.
Wright wasn’t a one-man show. Curtis Granderson put the Mets up for good with a two-run homer in the third and some sparkling defense, and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard shook off a rough first two innings to retire 12 straight batters before tiring in the sixth and loading the bases before escaping. The Mets pinch hit for him in the sixth, and after that frame, the Mets had their big lead. Syndergaard finished with six strikeouts.
“I just thought it was a real big game for us,” Mets manager Terry Collins said to mlb.com. “When we set up the rotation, the way Noah had been pitching, you kind of look at that Game 3 as a pivotal game anyway. You’re 1-1 or down two, and he delivered. He came through exactly how we expected him to.”
The Mets will try to even the Series Saturday night with lefty Steven Matz going up against the Royals’ Chris Young, who handled the Mets over the final three innings of the first game.