The Houston Astros took down the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in the deciding game seven of an outstanding World Series for their first World Series title, Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish ran into an offensive buzzsaw right away when the leadoff hitter, George Springer, continued his hot hitting with a line-drive double. Alex Bregman then hit what should have been the first out but was instead a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger. Springer scored on the error, and the Astros took a 1-0 lead before L.A. could get the first out.
The Astros weren’t finished in the top of the first. Bregman stole third and scored on a groundout by Jose Altuve. The next two batters recorded outs and the top of the first inning closed with Houston leading 2-0.
The Dodgers also came out swinging. Chris Taylor led off with a line drive for a double. The next batter, Corey Seager, struck out swinging. Justin Turner was next up and he was hit by the pitch from Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. Cody Bellinger struck out to make it two on and two out for L.A.
Yasiel Puig was then hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded. However, Joc Pederson hit a ground ball to first to end the Dodgers half of inning number one.
The second inning began with Astros catcher Brian McCann being walked and Marwin Gonzalez cracking a double to right and McCann stopping at third base. After a groundout by Josh Reddick, the pitcher McCullers hit a slow rolling grounder to second and McCann scored from third to make it 3-0 Astros.
Springer then came up and cleared the bases by blasting a home run to center to extend the lead to 5-0 in favor of the Astros. That was the end of the night for the Dodgers starter Darvish. Brandon Morrow replaced Darvish and ended the top of the second inning by striking out Alex Bregman.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth inning. Joe Pederson began with a single to center field, followed by a walk to Logan Forsythe. Austin Barnes was next up and hit a pop-up on the infield for the first out. Pinch-hitter Andre Eithier delivered a single to right field scoring Pederson. The next two Dodgers went down with a strikeout and groundout ending the sixth inning.
The Astros pitchers kept the Dodgers at bay for the rest of the contest. Though they had many chances early, the Dodgers went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. The Astros closed out this series in the ninth inning when reliever Alex Wood retired the side in order and clinched their first World Series in franchise history.
George Springer captured the “Willie Mays Most Valuable Player” trophy for this World Series. He notched five home runs for the Astros during the Series to earn the award. Congratulations to the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers for a terrific World Series!
By D.T. Osborn
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