Just as we thought that this World Series couldn’t get any better, the baseball gods have yet again blessed us baseball fans with the two most beautiful words probably ever in sports…. GAME SEVEN! That’s right Sports Debate Network, the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to hang on against the Houston Astros after being down early against them in the game.
The Astros threw out Justin Verlander on the mound to try and seal the Astros’ 1st World Series title in the franchise’s 56-year history, while the Dodgers were looking to turn to Rich Hill to try and force a game 7.
Both pitchers started off the game well. Verlander was looking locked in for most of the game and much like game 2, Rich Hill’s only blemish in the game was a solo homer he gave up to George Springer in the 3rd inning. Manager Dave Roberts had a short leash on Hill in game 2 and much like game 2, he had a short leash on Hill in game 6 as Hill would pitch 4 2/3 innings having only thrown 58 pitches and allowing only that solo run. Roberts was criticized for his over managing of Hill in game 2 and many people were beginning to think they were seeing déjà vu. Hill was hooked in the 5th and the bullpen would do it’s job the rest of the night.
Verlander was looking untouchable and going into this start, he was undefeated since being traded to the Astros and that includes the playoffs. That was all until the 6th inning of game 6. Verlander would give up a leadoff single to Austin Barnes to start the 6th. Chase Utley would then be hit by a pitch. With men on 2nd and 1st, Chris Taylor would hit a double to score Barnes from 2nd and move Utley to 3rd to tie the game. Corey Seager would then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Utley from third to make it 2-1, Dodgers. In the 7th inning, Joc Pederson, who has been making waves as far as the World Series MVP goes, would seal the victory with a bow after he hit an opposite field jack to make it 3-1 Dodgers.
Dave Roberts would call upon Kenley Jansen to get the 6-out save and Jansen shut it down to force a game 7 on Wednesday night.
For the Dodgers, Rich Hill went 4 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 run and striking out 5, while Tony Watson officially got the win and Kenley Jansen the save. Corey Seager and Joc Pederson both went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
For the Astros, Justin Verlander went 6 innings allowing 3 hits and 2 runs, while striking out 9 and taking the loss. George Springer went 2 for 3 with a solo homer.
Both offenses looked shot after what took place in game 5. You can blame that on fatigue or great pitching, but the fact is that there wasn’t much going on offensively in game 6. Much like game 4, the Astros couldn’t hit the ball well enough to help a strong start by Verlander. Now they will have to play one last game and leave it all on the line.
The Dodgers were making the little things happen. Getting on base, working the count, moving the runners, timely hitting and getting the runs in however they needed to. After not being able to back up Rich Hill in game 2, they redeemed themselves in another one his starts and were able to hold it down well enough to live and fight for another opportunity to win the World Series.
All hands will be on deck on Wednesday night, as Yu Darvish will be looking to shake off his terrible game 3 start as he goes against the confident young righty in Lance McCullers Jr. We may be in for a very memorable game as it has already been one of the more memorable World Series’ ever.