Royals 'flush' Game 3, confident in rebound

Kansas City faced same situation in ALCS before coming back for clincher

Royals 'flush' Game 3, confident in rebound

NEW YORK -- The Royals have been here before in a postseason series: Up two games to none, then lose Game 3 in a blowout.

The same scenario that transpired Friday night at Citi Field -- where the Mets crawled back into the World Series by hammering the Royals, 9-3 -- happened in the preceding American League Championship Series. In that series, the Royals won the first two games at home, then went to Toronto and got beat, 11-8, in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate.

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But the Royals won one of the three road games in that series, brought a 3-2 lead back to Kansas City and finished off the Blue Jays in six.

Game Date Matchup
Gm 1 Oct. 27 KC 5, NYM 4 (14)
Gm 2 Oct. 28 KC 7, NYM 1
Gm 3 Oct. 30 NYM 9, KC 3
Gm 4 Oct. 31 KC 5, NYM 3
Gm 5 Nov. 1 KC 7, NYM 2 (12)

The mission is the same here in the World Series.

"Absolutely, it's the same rhythm," reliever Ryan Madson said.

Left fielder Alex Gordon said the Royals are adept at shaking off bad losses.

"We have the ability to flush bad losses or big wins," Gordon said. "It's one game, you move on and try to come back tomorrow and win that one."

First baseman Eric Hosmer was adamant the Royals would bounce back in Game 4.

"It's what we've done all year," Hosmer said. "We've faced adversity before, all season and all postseason. This was one game. You flush it, get rid of it, move on to tomorrow."

No one seriously believed the Mets were done in the Series anyway just because they were down two games to none.

"Absolutely not," reliever Danny Duffy said. "We know that's a good team there that's going to fight all the way to the end."

Added Gordon, "They would have played just as hard if they were down 3-0. And we would have to play just as hard tomorrow if we were up 3-0. Yeah, we'd like to be up 3-0. But we're in a good spot."

The Royals will turn to veteran right-hander Chris Young to get that third win of the Series on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, with game time at 8).

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"We've all got a lot of confidence in our group," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We've got Chris Young going tomorrow, and we feel good about that. He's, again, the ultimate competitor. Nothing is going to mess with him, not the weather, nothing. He's going to go out and execute pitches and keep us in the ballgame until we get to our 'pen.

"And our 'pen is in great shape. ... We're swinging the bats good. So we're all really confident."

Yost on Royals' Game 3 loss

Actually the Royals are in the same spot they were during the 2014 World Series -- up 2-1 going into Game 4. And against the Giants, the Royals had a 4-1 lead in Game 4 but coughed it up and lost a chance at getting that third win on the road.

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"We all remember that," Hosmer said. "If we could have won that game, maybe we win the Series. The thing is, you have a team down, you've got to not let off the gas at all."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.