Matt Harvey: I gave it everything I had

Matt Harvey pitched brilliantly for eight innings, but when the ninth rolled around the Mets ace was foiled by a pesky Royals lineup.

The Mets suffered a shocking and an incredibly disappointing defeat last night in the final frame of the 2015 World Series. The Mets blew a 2 run lead in the ninth inning and ultimately suffered a 7-2 loss in a 12 inning game to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals won their first World Series since 1985 largely due to their ability to produce offensively when against pitchers that have bullied lineups around all season long.

         

Even though the Royals won and the World Series is over Matt Harvey pitched an incredible game last night. The Mets had a chance to win last night because of the Dark Night and tenacity on the mound.  

 

He was brilliant thorough the first 8 innings, storming off the mound after each inning, pumping his fist and sharing his enthusiasm with the sold out crowd. All of his pitches were working for him and he had the Royals looking lost at the plate He stuck out the side twice and notched nine Ks overall. It looked like Harvey was going to save the series hopes for the Mets and take them back to Kansas City.

 

          Unfortunately the Mets and Terry Collins made a questionable call and sent Harvey back out on the Field to pitch the ninth inning with a slim 2-0 lead. The Mets ace sprinted out of the dugout, hoping to finish what he started.

 

"I felt so great all game,” Harvey said. “I felt so great in the ninth. I wanted the ball, and I gave it everything I had.” Collins decided to go with Harvey and leave closer Jeurys Familia in the pen. “He didn’t seem tired,” Cain would say. “He was still throwing mid-90s.”

 

          Harvey was unable to finish the game and allowed the tying run to reach base. Familia then entered the game and allowed the tying run to score, receiving a blown save. Harvey unable to record an out in the ninth finished the game with 8 innings pitched two earned runs and 5 hits. The Mets Eventually allowed 5 runs to score in the 12th ending their 2015 season.


          Unfortunately I just couldn’t finish what I started,” Harvey said. “I felt normal — the same as I did in the eighth, the same as I did in the first inning.”

 

          The Mets had a great season and an unforgettable play run. Matt Harvey looked excellent in game five but a theme of this series for the Mets was not being able to close out games. The Royals are a giddy team that proved to be the best team this year.


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