As painful as the Game 1 loss in Kansas City was for Mets fans, Game 4’s crushing defeat might just take the cake.
Merely five outs away from tying the series, the Amazin’s relinquished a 3-2 lead when closer Jeurys Familia blew his second save of the World Series.
Familia was not the only one to blame for the Mets squandering a golden opportunity in Game 4.
Manager Terry Collins turned to set-up man Tyler Clippard to start the eighth inning, but after issuing walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain, the Mets skipper turned to his closer to end the Royals threat.
Eric Hosmer stood at the dish to face Familia and shot a ground ball at second baseman Daniel Murphy who misplayed the ball under his glove for an error allowing Zobrist to score and Cain to go to third.
With the game now tied at 3 and runners on the corners, the wheels started to come off the Mets bullpen again.
Mike Moustakas singled to right field to plate Zobrist followed by a single from Salvador Perez to bring in Hosmer.
Just like that the Royals put up three runs and led 5-3.
The Amazin’s staged a rally in the ninth when Murphy slashed the ball past a diving Moustakas and Yoenis Cespedes lined a single to center field off closer Wade Davis.
With one-out Lucas Duda lined a ball right to Moustakas who doubled off Cespedes at first base to end the game.
The Amazin’s wasted a solid performance by a duo of rookies and suffered a devastating defeat in the process.
Starter Steven Matz pitched 5 innings allowing 7 hits and two earned runs, while striking out five.
Fellow first-year pro Michael Conforto launched two solo home runs and became the first Mets player to homer twice in the same playoff game since Gary Carter achieved the same feet in Game 4 of the 1986 World Series.
Nevertheless, the Amazin’s dropped Saturday night’s Halloween affair 5-3 and face a 3-1 series deficit.
New York sends Matt Harvey to the mound for Game 5 at Citi Field to oppose Royals starter Edinson Volquez.