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2017 World Series-Fight to the Finish

What a crazy sight this 2017 World Series has been so far! The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have both fought very hard to win that trophy. So, the series is tied at 3-3 after the Dodgers won 3-1 last night. Based on the fact that two of the games in this series have gone into extra innings proves that both teams have the stamina they need to take them all the way — especially offensively.

To get things started in Game One of the Series last Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw faced Dallas Keuchel on the pitchers’ mound. Keuchel gave up a home run to Chris Taylor of the Dodgers on the very first pitch of the game! However, the 1-0 lead did not last long, as Alex Bregman hit his third home run of the postseason in the top of the fourth inning against Kershaw. Justin Turner, who has been a standout for the Dodgers throughout this whole series, responded quickly with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put the Dodgers up 3-1. The score remained 3-1 for the remainder of the game, and the Dodgers continued to pile on their postseason victories in the quickest World Series game in 25 years.

Game Two was certainly one to remember, as it was long-lasting and went to eleven innings. Rich Hill and Justin Verlander started on the mound, but the offense was what made the game memorable. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Corey Seager gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead with a deep two-run home run In the ninth, Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo homer after the Astros had picked up another run to tie the game at three. In the 10th inning, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back to back home runs for the Astros, putting them ahead 5-3. Shortly following, the Dodgers tied the game at five after a base hit to right field by Enrique Hernandez. The Astros then went on to win 7-6 in the 11th inning. This game proved just how great playoff baseball can really be!

Games Three and Four were not as exciting as the first two games were, but are still worth talking about. Game Three was the first game that was played in Houston in which the Astros gathered a 5-3 win. Yuli Gurriel started things off for the Astros in the second inning with a solo home run, and the offense just kept moving after that. The Astros took an early 3-0 lead in that inning and kept their lead throughout the entirety of the game. The Dodgers were just unable to get the bats moving enough. However, they made up for it in Game Four, where they took a crucial 6-2 win over Houston. Charlie Morton took the mound for the Astros, and Alex Wood took the mound for the Dodgers. George Springer gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the sixth, but the team was unable to capitalize on it. The Dodgers tied the game in the seventh inning, but absolutely exploded in the ninth, scoring five runs and ultimately winning the game 6-2. As crazy and back of the forth as the series had been so far, nothing compares to Game Five.

Let’s take a look at Sunday night’s intense five-hour and seventeen-minute-long Game Five. On the pitching end, it was Dallas Keuchel facing Kershaw on the mound. Keuchel had a rough start, giving up three earned runs in the top of the first inning, and one unearned run in the fourth, while allowing five hits. He lasted 3.2 innings, while  Kershaw lasted 4.2 innings, giving up six runs and four hits. It was certainly a battle of the aces that quickly turned into a battle of the bullpens.

Going into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Astros were trailing by four runs, but immediately tied the game thanks to the top of their batting order, including a home run by Carlos Correa. Houston also came back from deficits of 7-4 and 8-7, and Los Angeles came back from a 12-9 deficit in the top of the ninth inning. Both bullpens were absolutely destroyed, as the final score was 13-12. This was the second-longest World Series game ever played.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Alex Bregman hit a walk-off single with the score tied at 12, scoring teammate and pinch runner Derek Fisher, a rookie who had not seen the field yet in this postseason until Bregman’s at-bat. The single was hit off of a first-pitch slider thrown by Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. This game is only the second time in World Series history in which a team scored 12 runs or more and still lost the game. The game scored higher in rankings this Sunday than Sunday Night Football did, which is a rare occurrence. With the Astros going into tonight’s game, the positive momentum from game five and knowing their ace Justin Verlander is on the mound, as well as the fact that they are one game away from their first ever World Series title, I feel confident in their abilities to win tonight. Should we expect more extra innings? I guess we’ll find out! It’s the 2017 World Series at its best!

 

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