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November 1, 2015, Queens, NY  Michael Conforto homered twice, but that wasn’t enough as the Kansas City Royals took a commanding 3-1 lead in the World Series. Long Island native,  Steven Matz, started the game and pitched impressively being on the “Big Stage.” But, it was an error in the eighth by NLCS MVP, Daniel Murphy, and a base running gaffe by Yoenis Cespedes that resulted in a game-ending double play with the tying runs on base, that was largely to blame for the Mets’ defeat.

The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead due to a Conforto home run off of Royals starter Chris Young and a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson allowing Wilmer Flores to score in the third inning. The Royals scored a run in the fifth, but Conforto answered with his second homer of the game off of Royals reliever Danny Duffy making the score 3-1. In the next inning, the Royals scored again to get to within one run.

Oops and Ouch!

Oops and Ouch!

Disaster struck in the eighth inning.  Tyler Clippard recorded the first out in his relief stint before yielding two walks. Enter Jeurys Familia who blew Game One. Eric Hosmer hit a soft ground ball that went under the glove of Murphy, and Ben Zobrist scored from second base. With the score now 3-3, doom and gloom became omnipresent. Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez both singled which gave the Royals the lead plus an insurance run.

Tonight is a rematch of the Game One pitching match-up with Matt Harvey going against Edison Volquez who just came back from the Dominican Republic due to his father’s passing. The Mets have their backs against the wall with no wiggle room.

On a brighter note, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio estimated that the Mets post season appearance has generated $81 million dollars for the city’s economy. If you include the Yankees wildcard game at Yankee Stadium, the total balloons to $94 million. Not bad. Throw in the revenue that will come from the New York City Marathon, and it’s fair to say New York is in the Black.

Professor Clifford Benton can be reached at @cliffordbenton.

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