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World Series 2017 Recap

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World Series 2017 Recap

Ian Sutliff, Writer

With the World Series over weeks ago, it is time to recap the seven games. In game one, Clayton Kershaw took the reins early and looked ready to compete in his first ever World Series game. He easily put the first three batters down in nine pitches. During the bottom of the first inning, Chris Taylor hit a moonshot off Astros’ ace, Dallas Keuchel, on the first pitch.

This set the tone for the Dodgers and they led 1-0 until the fourth inning, when Astro third baseman, Alex Bregman hit a homerun to left and tied the game at one. In the sixth, Justin Turner hit a two-run homer to cap the offense for both teams en route to a 3-1 Dodgers victory.

Game two looked like the same story for the Dodgers as they went up 3-1 in the sixth, just like the night before. The Dodgers stopped the Astros’ threat in the eighth, as only one run came across, but the Astros were able to tie the game on a solo shot from Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the ninth. This was when Dodger closer, Kenley Jansen, blew his first save of the postseason and only his second of the entire season.

The Astros were able to stun the Dodgers for a second time that night when Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa were able to hit back-to-back homeruns off Josh Fields. The Dodgers were determined to take game two, though, and kept their spirits up, evident by Yasiel Puig’s leadoff home run to start the tenth. This got the Dodgers within a run, and they still weren’t done. Logan Forsythe singled and got to second on a wild pitch to help set up a runner in scoring position. Three pitches later, Kike Hernandez lined a single to right that brought Forsythe to the plate to tie the game. In the top of the 11th, the Astros struck again when Brandon McCarthy gave up a two-run shot to George Springer to give the Astros a 7-5 lead.

The Dodgers were still not done, and Charlie Culberson gave his team hope again when he hit a solo shot to get the Dodgers within a run once again. Yasiel Puig was not able to help the Dodgers again and struck out to end the game and send the series tied at one back to Houston.

Game three is arguably the most pivotal game in a seven-game series, and the Astros looked like they were more hungry right out of the gate. They scored four off of Dodger right-hander, Yu Darvish, in the second inning and were able to dominate game three. The Dodgers were able to score one run in the third and two more in the sixth to cut the lead to just two. Their comeback hopes were halted after the sixth inning though, as they were not able to score again.

In game four, Charlie Morton and Alex Wood went to work. The game was tied at zero through the fifth and neither pitch was giving in. This stopped when Dodger pitcher, Alex Wood, gave up a home run to Springer in the bottom of the sixth. This ended Wood’s night after he had no-hit the Astros through five. The Dodgers were determined to win and not have to face elimination the next day and scored on a Forsythe single to tie the game in the seventh. The Dodgers were able to open up the scoring and take game five in the ninth when they scored five runs on a double by Cody Bellinger and a three-run homer by Joc Pederson.

With the series tied at two, the Dodgers and Astros both thought they had a good chance to win game five with their aces Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel on the mound. The Dodgers jumped all over Keuchel when the DOdgers scored three runs in the first and one in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.

This game looked like it was in the hands of the Dodgers as Kershaw, who is arguably the best pitcher in the game, was up four runs in the middle of the game. The Astros were not going to go down, and they were able to score on a Correa double to cut the lead to three. This would not be the only scoring for them, as Yuli Gurriel took Kershaw deep on the very next pitch.

This game went back and forth with Bellinger and Altuve trading blows with three-run home runs in the fifth to take the lead and tie the game. The Dodgers were able to take the lead in the seventh on a Bellinger triple, but the Astros responded again to take an 11-8 lead in the same inning. With a 12-9 lead in the ninth, the Astros were just three outs away from taking game five and putting the Dodgers on the brink of elimination.

Again, the back and forth game continued when Puig hit a one-handed home run to cut the lead to 12-11. Pederson grounded out with Forsythe on third for out number two, and Taylor was battling and was one strike away from losing the game. On the fifth pitch of his at-bat, he was able to line a single to tie the game at 12. One inning later, the Astros were able to capture the victory on a single by Bregman to take a 3-2 series lead.

Game six was another pitcher’s duel, and Justin Verlander was able to capture the edge until the sixth inning. With the Astros up 1-0 in the sixth, the Dodgers were able to score twice on a pair of Runs Batted In by Chris Taylor and Corey Seager. The Dodgers scored one more run in the seventh, and Jansen shut the Astros down in the eighth and ninth to force a game seven.

Game seven was a very anti-climactic one as one team dominated all the way. The Astros scored twice in the first and three times in the third to capture a 5-0 lead. The Dodgers had many chances to cut away at the lead, but they were only able to score once after they left ten men on base.

For the first time in franchise history, the Astros had won the World Series. For both teams, this is likely not the last time they will play on the big stage as they have some of the best stars and young talent around.

Photo courtesy of NYTIMES.COM

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