The Royals took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 5-3 win Saturday night.
The Mets did not play particularly well or particularly smart. The final punch in the stomach came in the 9th inning when Yoenis Cespedes got doubled off first base on a soft liner to end the game.
Of course the big one was when Daniel Murphy failed to field a ball in the eighth inning that allowed the tying run to score.
One of the ideas that’s gained traction in the playoffs is how Terry Collins is pushing all of the right buttons. But he went to the well too often with three pitchers tonight. He tried to get an extra inning out of Steven Matz, he put in Tyler Clippard, who has been terrible in the playoffs when pitching with less than a six-run lead and he brought in Jeurys Familia for another extended save. And for the second time in the World Series, Familia failed to get the job done.
By far the best thing of the game for the Mets was Michael Conforto, who blasted two homers. The first was an upper deck shot into the Pepsi Porch. The second was off a LHP.
The Mets will try to stave off elimination Sunday with Matt Harvey on the mound.