A four-run fifth inning made way for a 7-1 Royals victory, heavily backed by great offensive performances by Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas combined with dominance on the mound from Johnny Cueto
Jacob deGrom was deGrominant early on, giving up only one hit through his first four innings. At the same time, however, he only had recorded two strikeouts: it was only a matter of time before the potent Kansas City offensive broke through. Singles by Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas in the fifth gave the Royals a lead they would not relinquish.
Johnny Cueto was even more—deGrominant—tossing a complete game two-hitter, giving the Royals a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Mets offense continued to disappoint, with Lucas Duda recording the only two Met hits of the game, including an RBI single that scored Daniel Murphy.
Young spark-plugs Yordano Ventura and Noah Syndergaard will face off on Friday in New York. Ventura, a budding star who was sent down to Triple-A half way through the year, has had a disappointing season. Showing his frustration along the way through various temper tantrums, Ventura hasn’t had much luck in the postseason either, posting a 5.09 ERA. Syndergaard has been dominant at home, so the Mets must like their chances in this one. It’s a must win, so lets hope Thor is up for it.