KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mets Manager Terry Collins sat for a postgame interview in a pillbox room in Kauffman Stadium, red-faced, his jawline tight and with a hint of a twitch. He spoke of an emotion that had become a stranger these past three weeks: disappointment.
“Well, we’re frustrated,” he told reporters. “We had a few shots. We got the lead and we lost it, we came back and got the lead again.”
Then the Mets lost their grip again, surrendering a bone-crusher of a ninth-inning home run.
The Mets and the Kansas City Royals, as indefatigable a team as exists in the American League, played a long evening’s journey into night on Tuesday — and then Wednesday — five hours and 14 innings worth. For the first time in several magical weeks, the Mets lost a game that they held within their grasp….