Stats of the Day: KC's come-from-behind magic
Here are five interesting items from Game 5 of the World Series …
• Authoring yet another late-inning rally that resulted in yet another comeback victory, the Royals defeated the Mets, 7-2, in 12 innings to capture the World Series title, the second crown for the franchise after winning it all in 1985. Kansas City, which tied the game at 2 with two in the top of the ninth, ended the postseason having outscored the opposition 51-11 from the seventh inning on. Game 5's late-inning lightning produced the eighth comeback win of the postseason for Kansas City, and the seventh to see them do it after being down by at least two runs. Before 2015, the most comeback wins in a postseason after trailing by at least two runs had been five, by the 1996 Yankees.
• After working one scoreless inning in the clincher, Wade Davis concluded the 2015 postseason with a 0.00 ERA in 10 2/3 innings (he inherited one runner, which he stranded). Davis' bullpen mate Luke Hochevar worked two scoreless frames in the clincher and concluded the 2015 postseason with a 0.00 ERA in 10 2/3 innings (he did not allow any of his four inherited runners to score). Davis and Hochevar are two of 17 pitchers in postseason history to finish with at least five outings, at least 10 innings, and a 0.00 ERA. The only other teammate pairing to appear: the Padres' Craig Lefferts and Dave Dravecky in 1984. Those two combined for 20 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and allowed one of six inherited runners to score.
• In this Game 5 victory, the Royals stole four bases: two by Lorenzo Cain and one each by Eric Hosmer and Jarrod Dyson. The four for the club tied for the most in a World Series clincher, matching the tallies from the 1909 Pirates and 1910 Athletics. Cain became the ninth player to have at least two in a Fall Classic clincher, and the first to do it since Derek Jeter in 1999. Lou Brock had three in a win in 1967.
• In their loss, the Mets had taken the lead when Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the first with a homer. Granderson became the 21st player -- and fourth Met -- to hit a leadoff home run in the World Series. The Mets' four are the most for any franchise. The previous three came from Tommie Agee (Game 3, 1969), Wayne Garrett (Game 3, 1973) and Lenny Dykstra (Game 3, 1986). Granderson hit three home runs in the 2015 Fall Classic. Those three tied him with Donn Clendenon (1969) for the most for a Met in a World Series and also represented more than the entire Royals team produced.
• The Royals are the second team in as many years to capture the Fall Classic while hitting only two home runs. Before the Giants in 2014, the last team to do that had been the 2006 Cardinals. The last AL team was the 1996 Yankees.