By: Josh Bozzick ~Guest Writer~
Two years after the hit single “Royals” by New Zealander singer Lorde and one year after a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the World Series to the San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Royals have ascended to royal status.
On Sunday night, the Royals won Game 5 of the World Series against the New York Mets. They won the game 7-2 and the World Series four games to one.
The Royals were leading the best-of-seven game series 3-to-1 entering Game 5 Sunday night. In typical Royals fashion, they stormed back after being pushed to the brink. The Mets held a 2-0 lead entering the 9th inning. Ace pitcher Matt Harvey had pitched eight terrific innings for the Blue and Orange.
In the top of the 9th, Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer doubled to left field to score All- Star centerfielder Lorenzo Cain, cutting the deficit to just one run. Catcher Salvador Perez then grounded out to third which led to the tying run from Hosmer.
It was a wild play as the throw from Mets first baseman Lucas Duda to catcher Travis d’Arnaud soared wide toward the backstop. He got a piece of the ball, but d’Arnaud was unable to haul it in. As the ball went behind him, Hosmer scored easily to tie up the contest at 2-2.
The Mets were unable to score in the bottom of the 9th, so the game went into extra innings. After two innings of stalemate, the Royals scored the first runs in extras. In the top of the 12th, the Royals put up five runs thanks in part to doubles from shortstop Alcides Escobar and stud centerfielder Lorenzo Cain.
This resulted in too much of a deficit for the Mets to overcome. Royals closer Wade Davis struck out three in the bottom of the 12th, as the Mets were able to get only one man on base.
A celebration ensued after the last strikeout. The Royals had won the World Series for the first time in three decades, the second title in franchise history.
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez was named the World Series MVP. In the five games, he had a .364 batting average, going 8-for- 22 at the plate with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs.
When Lorde wrote her song after seeing a picture of Royals legend George Brett two years ago, she probably did not realize that the team was the farthest thing from royalty. Winning and championship pedigree were not a part of its identity, as it had struggled through the better part of 30 years. However, that time is now over and the Royals are royal again.
Congratulations Kansas City.