NEW YORK -- Saturday night at Citi Field, the Mets are looking to even the World Series against the Royals at two games apiece (GameTracker). Kansas City went into Game 4 with a two-games-to-one series lead.
In the third inning, rookie outfielder Michael Conforto gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with a monster solo home run into the second deck in right field. Royals righty Chris Young left a fastball right out over the plate. A meatball, it was.
To the action footage:
Conforto, 22, has three hits in the postseason: two home runs and one single. He came into Game 4 hitting .091 in October.
It has been a surprisingly long time since a player as young as Conforto has homered in the World Series:
.@mconforto8 is the youngest to hit a #worldSeries HR since Miguel Cabrera (Fla/NYY) did so as a 20-year old in 2003 (game 4). #LGM #Mets— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) November 1, 2015
Last LH hitter younger than Conforto (22 yrs, 146 days) to HR in WS was Tony Kubek (21.358) in WS Gm 3 in 1957. #Mets #Royals— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 1, 2015
Conforto was not done, however. In the fifth, he added another solo homer -- this one off lefty Danny Duffy -- to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Here's the video:
Conforto is the second Mets player to hit two home runs in one World Series game, joining Gary Carter. The Kid did it in Game 4 of the 1986 World Series against the Red Sox.
Conforto is also the first rookie with two home runs in the World Series game since 19-year-old Andruw Jones had two in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series.