By Cox Media Group National Content Desk
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After five long hours, the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Tuesday night to take the first game of the World Series.
But this was no typical game. From one player’s devastating news to a surprising power outage, drama on and off the field quickly made headlines.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The hard-fought matchup tied for the longest World Series game ever by innings, according to ESPN. The 14-inning game also earned the title of longest World Series Game 1.
- The Royals’ Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run in the first inning. That hasn’t happened in a World Series game since 1929, according to NPR.
- Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez’s father died of heart failure before the game. According to The Associated Press, Royals manager Ned Yost said Volquez did not learn the news until he left the game after pitching six innings.
“It was just, you know, it was sad, a sad situation,” Yost said. “You find out an hour before the game that your starting pitcher’s father passed away, and it was hard. But again, you wanted to honor the family’s wishes, and they requested, ‘Don’t tell Eddie. Let him go out and pitch Game 1 of the World Series.'”
Another source – who asked not to be identified – told the AP that Volquez learned about the death before the game.
Daniel Volquez, 63, died in the Dominican Republic.
- A power outage briefly halted Fox’s broadcast in the fourth inning, according to ESPN. As a result, the game was delayed for about seven minutes.
“A rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the Fox Sports production compound to lose power,” Fox said. “The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time needed to switch to carriage of Major League Baseball’s international feed, powered by a different generator on site. The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both teams’ clubhouses.”
- Google Fiber had its own technical difficulties. According to CNN, the service went down for about an hour in Kansas City, preventing fans from watching the game.
Google apologized on Twitter, saying, “We’re so sorry about the outage in KC.”