The New York Mets took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning thanks to a crucial error by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.
With two outs and no nobody on, Juan Lagares singled and stole second base. Wilmer Flores then chopped a ball down to first base. Hosmer, a two-time Gold Glove winner, failed to get in front of it or knock it down, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
The miscue conjured up memories of another American League first baseman struggling with a routine ground ball in the World Series against the Mets.
To be fair, Hosmer’s chance was exceedingly more difficult than Buckner’s.