Kansas City got to Game 7 of the World Series last year, but suffered a stinging defeat, losing 3-2 to San Francisco. They appeared to be on a mission in 2015 to make amends, winning the American League pennant before running into the New York Mets. The National League winners boasted one of the best starting rotations in baseball, but they couldn’t hang with the Royals, who were not to be denied.
The Royals wound up winning in five games over the Mets and true to form, the championship clincher wasn’t as easy as it looked. Kansas City had been kept in check by Matt Harvey and were down 2-0 in the 9th inning, but they clawed their way back through a double from Eric Hosmer that brought home Lorenzo Cain, while Hosmer was driven in by Salvador Perez. It was the third time in the World Series the Royals won a game after trailing in the eighth inning or later.
The Royals’ catcher was named the World Series MVP as Perez hit .364 in five games, going 8-for-22 with two RBI, scoring three runs. It was fitting that Perez was named the MVP as he was the final out in last year’s heartbreaking loss to the Giants at home. He led the charge to the Royals’ first World Series since 1985.