The Houston Astros may have arrived a day late to the World Series but boy was it worth the wait. If you decided to stay up late last night and tune in you were most likely not disappointed and thoroughly entertained.
Trailing 3-1 in the 8th against the best closer in baseball Kenley Jansen, Carlos Correa got the Astros offense going with an RBI single scoring Alex Bregman. Jansen came back out for the 9th with a one-run lead and let the Astros put on an encore presentation after a game-tying home run by Marwin Gonzalez. The playoff home run derby was officially on. Eight different players combined for eight total home runs in the 11 inning affair. The five extra inning home runs hit were the most in a single game. Not just in the World Series, we’re talking any game ever played.
The Astros squeaked by and held on for 7-6 victory despite the Dodgers giving it all they had to secure a 2-0 series lead. Of course it would be Dodger frontman Yasiel Puig who would ultimately strikeout on a 3-2 pitch from Chris Devenski to end the game. Would the baseball gods have it any other way? Following the game AL MVP-favorite Jose Altuve said “This was the best one I ever played.” Well Jose, this might’ve been the best one we’ve ever seen.
The shock wave this loss sends through the Dodgers clubhouse may be more than you think. L.A. had an astounding record of 98-0 when leading through 8 innings. Keep in mind they were also undefeated at home throughout the playoffs. Dave Roberts is now also facing scrutiny for pulling starter Rich Hill before he could go through the lineup a third time forcing him to use Brandon McCarthy who would surrender the go-ahead home run to George Springer when the Dodgers ran out of relievers.
They say it’s not a series until the road team steals a win. Well guess what, we’ve got ourselves a series!
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