DYK: 14 facts about 14-inning Game 1
The Royals started the 111th World Series in eventful fashion, with Alcides Escobar hitting a rare leadoff, inside-the-park home run. The drama unfolded for 14 innings and more than five hours until the Royals finally beat the Mets, rallying to win Game 1, 5-4, on Tuesday night.
The Royals are now three wins away from their first World Series championship since 1985. Game 2 at Kauffman Stadium airs at 7:30 ET on Wednesday night on FOX, with the game time at 8 p.m. ET.
Here are some notable facts and figures from Game 1:
• Before Tuesday night, the only World Series games to last longer than 12 innings were Game 3 in 2005 (White Sox vs. Astros) and Game 2 in 1916 (Brooklyn vs. Boston). Kansas City's win matched both 14-inning affairs as the longest game, by innings, in World Series history and became the longest Game 1 ever.
• At five hours and nine minutes, this was the second-longest game, by duration, in World Series history. Only Game 3 in 2005 was longer, lasting a record five hours and 41 minutes.
• This was the Royals' first win in Game 1 of a World Series. They had been 0-3. The Mets remained winless in Game 1 with their fifth Series-opening loss.
• This was the eighth World Series Game 1 to require extra innings. The Mets took part in the last one, the first game of the 2000 World Series vs. the Yankees. The home team has now won each of the past five extra-inning World Series Game 1s.
• Hosmer set one Royals record with his sixth-inning sacrifice fly and another with his game-winning sac fly in the 14th. The former was his 24th career RBI in the postseason, surpassing George Brett for the franchise record. The latter was his 13th RBI of this postseason, breaking the club record he set in 2014.
• Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is the first player to hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth of a World Series game since Scott Brosius did so for the Yankees in Game 5 in 2001 vs. the D-backs.
Gordon's solo shot was the first game-tying or go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later of a World Series Game 1 since the Kirk Gibson's walk-off blast for the Dodgers against the A's Dennis Eckersley in 1988.
• Escobar hit the 12th inside-the-park home run in World Series history, the first since George "Mule" Haas of the Philadelphia Athletics in Game 4 of the 1929 Series vs. the Cubs. It was the 20th homer to lead off a World Series game and the second leadoff inside-the-parker, joining Boston's Patsy Dougherty in 1903's Game 2 vs. Pittsburgh.
• The Mets didn't trail, at all, in their National League Championship Series sweep of the Mets. One Matt Harvey pitch into the World Series, they were down 1-0.
• Wilmer Flores reached safely on Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer's error in the eighth inning, allowing Juan Lagares to score the go-ahead run. Flores became the first batter to put his team ahead by reaching on an error in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game since Mookie Wilson did so for the Mets vs. the Red Sox on Bill Buckner's infamous error in 1986.
• Thanks to Escobar's inside-the-park homer, two of the three World Series games to go 14 innings featured an inside-the-park home run in the first inning. The other came in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series, when Brooklyn's Hi Myers hit one off of Boston's Babe Ruth.
• Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon (42 years, 157 days) became the fifth-oldest player to make his World Series debut and the oldest pitcher to take the loss in a World Series game.
• Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is the first person to drive in a run in the Little League World Series, the College World Series and the Major League Baseball World Series. Conforto, Jason Varitek and Ed Vosberg are the only three to have played in each of those three World Series.
Varitek drove in runs for the Red Sox in the World Series and for Georgia Tech in the CWS, but not in the LLWS. On Tuesday, Conforto scored Yoenis Cespedes with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.
• Royals right fielder Paulo Orlando, who entered for Alex Rios in the eighth inning, became the first Brazillian-born player to appear in a World Series game.
• Game 1 winners have gone on to win the World Series 70 of 110 times (about 64 percent), including each of the past five. In Major League history, the winner of Game 1 in any best-of-seven series has won 106 out of 166 times.