Royals infielder Raul Adalberto Mondesi pinch-hit for reliever Danny Duffy in the top of the fifth inning against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. In doing so, he became the first player in baseball history to make his big league debut in the World Series. Mondesi, as many hitters have, struck out against Syndergaard.
Mondesi, 20, spent the entire 2015 season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, batting .243/.279/.372 with 22 extra-base hits, 33 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases across 338 plate appearances. He entered the season rated as the #27 overall prospect in the game by Baseball Prospectus, #28 by Baseball America, and #40 by MLB.com.
The Royals added Mondesi to their 25-man roster before the World Series started, taking the place of the speedy Terrence Gore.
Update (9:36 PM EDT): The Mets tacked on in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the frame with a Lucas Duda single and a Travis d'Arnaud double off of Ventura. Following a mound visit, Ventura allowed an infield single to Michael Conforto, which also saw d’Arnaud scamper to third base. Ventura was able to get Wilmer Flores to foul out to first base, but that was the end of the line for the right-hander. Yost pulled Ventura in favor of lefty reliever Danny Duffy. Duffy fanned Syndergaard, then got Granderson to fly out to shallow center.
It’s 5-3 Mets after four innings.
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson lined a two-run home run into Utley’s Corner at Citi Field, helping his team jump back on top of the Royals 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning in Game 3 of the World Series.
It’s the Mets’ second two-run homer of the game off of Royals starter Yordano Ventura. David Wright had hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning but the Royals rallied to score two runs in the top of the second against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard.
Through three innings, it’s been a back-and-forth affair. The Mets are trying to avoid falling behind three games to none in the best-of-seven series.
Update (8:45 PM EDT): The Royals didn’t take that lying down. They led off the top of the second with three consecutive hits against Syndergaard. Salvador Perez blooped a single to left field, Alex Gordon ripped a liner to right field, and Alex Rios doubled to left. Gordon was called out on a tag play at third base following a replay review. Pitcher Yordano Ventura laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rios to third base. During the next at-bat against Alcides Escobar, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was unable to block a Syndergaard pitch in the dirt, allowing Rios to score from third.
Can’t keep the Royals down for long.
The Mets found themselves in a familiar hole after the top of the first inning on Friday night, shortly after Game 3 of the World Series had gone underway. The Royals used a double, an infield single, and a fielder’s choice ground out to push across a run against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. Already down two games to none in a best-of-seven series, falling into an early deficit in Game 3 could have been a morale destroyer.
In the bottom half of the first inning, however, the Mets wasted no time putting pressure on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Outfielder Curtis Granderson led off with an infield single, and third baseman David Wright promptly hammered a two-run home run to left field. Ventura was able to retire Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and Lucas Duda to escape the inning, but not before the damage was done.
Exciting news as Game 3 of the World Series gets underway: JJ Cooper of Baseball America reports that the Braves have signed pitcher Chris Volstad to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Volstad, 29, spent almost the entire season with the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. There, he compiled a 3.18 ERA with a 97/43 K/BB ratio in 155 2/3 innings. Volstad hasn’t pitched regularly in the major leagues since 2012 when he was with the Cubs.
Red Sox pitching prospect Brian Johnson was carjacked in Cocoa Beach, Florida early Friday, FloridaToday.com reports. Johnson and his friends (one of whom was the car’s owner) were not harmed, fortunately.
A 31-year-old man was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with carjacking, aggravated assault, persons engaged in a criminal offense having weapons, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and violation of felony probation.
Thomas Carrigan, the car’s owner, described how it happened:
Carrigan told police that he was sitting in his vehicle with the door open when a vehicle pulled up behind the car. A man got out and began yelling at one of the passengers before he approaching Carrigan with a handgun.
At one point, Carrigan said the man yelled: “I will kill you, give me you (expletive) keys.”
Carrigan relinquished the keys. After that, attacker fired a bullet into the ground and Carrigan was struck by a fragment in his right leg.
Johnson lives in Cocoa Beach and had been in Florida since September rehabbing his left elbow. The 24-year-old made 18 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket and one in the big leagues but hit the shelf in early August when he was diagnosed with an ulnar nerve issue.
(Cap tip to WEEI’s Rob Bradford.)