What a series that has been delivered between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. In THE game 7 that was going to crown us a new champion, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, and are now the 2017 champions of the WORLD!
All hands were on deck for both teams and it was going to come down to who can give it their all and do enough to win the game.
The Astros went with Lance McCullers Jr. on the bump, while the Dodgers looked for Yu Darvish to shake off his rough game 2 start. How did it go? Well, this game wasn’t pretty at all and both teams had to empty out the tanks.
Yu Darvish got roughed up again and couldn’t get past the 2nd inning…. AGAIN. To lead off the 1st inning, George Springer would hit a double. Alex Bregman would then reach on a throwing error, in which Springer would score from 2nd and Bregman would reach 2nd to take an early 1-0 lead. After stealing 3rd base, Jose Altuve would ground out to the 1st base side, scoring Alex Bregman to make it 2-0, Astros.
McCullers was having a bit of rough go of things, but he did not give up a single run after less than 3 innings of work.
The Astros would just pounce on Darvish in the 2nd inning once again. After Darvish walked Brian McCann to lead off the inning, Marwin Gonzalez would hit a double. After Josh Reddick grounded out, Lance McCullers would actually help himself with a soft chopper to 2nd base, in which would score a run to make it 3-0. With Darvish still out there and George Springer up to bat, Springer would hit a bomb to left center field to make it 5-0. It got ugly really quick for the Dodgers.
It was off to the bullpens for both teams from here. Clayton Kershaw got some work in for the Dodgers, the only trust worthy bullpen arm for the Astros, Brad Peacock, got some work in. Charlie Morton would also get some innings in for the Astros and ended up closing out the game and was also awarded the official win for the team. Just like that the Houston Astros are your 2017 World Series champs!
For the Astros, Charlie Morton went 4 innings of relief allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run and striking out 4 batters, while earning the win. George Springer (World Series MVP) went 2 for 5 with a double and a homer and 2 RBI.
For the Dodgers, Yu Darvish takes the loss as he went 1 2/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 5 runs (4 earned). Andre Ethier came in with a pinch hit that brought in the Dodgers only run.
Hats off to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were a tough team to beat all year. They won the most games in the majors in the regular season this season. They have a great squad from top to bottom that could’ve easily won this World Series, but unfortunately it didn’t go that way. Luckily, just like the Astros, this team is still very young and has a lot of potential to grow. Dave Roberts did a phenomenal job with this group, brought them to best record in the league and to game 7 of the World Series. Although they didn’t win the World Series, they accomplished a ton and could very well be back in the same position they were in.
You can’t help but root and be happy for the Houston Astros. Let’s take away the fact that this is their 1st World Series title in their 56 year history. With the pain and suffering the city of Houston went through with Hurricane Harvey and the people that lost everything, it was sad and depressing and the Astros took that as motivation and put on a show the rest of the way since that horrible tragedy. It reminded me of when the Boston Bombings happened. The city was in mourning of the victims, in shock, in fear, not knowing that something like that terrorist could happen the way it did. It took the lives of many, including a child. The Boston Red Sox came together, David Ortiz made his speech to the crowd that got everyone pumped and they pulled off the World Series win in 2013. It was definitely a proud moment for the city and a proud moment for baseball. The Houston Astros and everything they had to overcome falls into that same story of the 2013 Red Sox. It was moving, inspirational and most of all fun to watch. The personalities of the young guys and the leadership of the veterans, combine that with the excess talent that ball club has and they delivered one of the more memorable World Series known to man.
Thank you to the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers for putting on a show for the fans and making history.
Congratulations to the Houston Astros! Your 2017 World Series Champions!!!