Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sports: MLB (World Series)

The World Series this year will have two teams from West divisions facing off with great pitching and stellar hitting. The Los Angeles Dodgers are my pick to win this year and so far they've only lost one game this postseason. They have home field advantage due to a rule change that gives the team with the best record the four games in their stadium. The Dodgers also have more recent postseason experience but have been foiled in recent years. The Houston Astros have improved dramatically over the last few years from one of the worst teams in baseball, an embarrassment, to a powerhouse with the strongest pitching lineup and a powerful offense. The Astros had to battle all the way to game seven to get out of the American League but I'm not sure if that will leave them exhausted or energized. Houston, the city, has been through a lot this year so I'm sure a huge win here would be truly inspiring. October is a great time for sports and the MLB Postseason is a big reason.

Game 1
The Dodgers sparked early with a first-pitch home run from Chris Taylor (CF) off of Dallas Keuchel. Clayton Kershaw kept the Astros contained until Alex Bregman (3B) homered in the fourth inning to tie the game 1-1. Both pitchers didn't let up more than a run until the sixth inning when Justin Turner (3B) hit a two-run home run to put the Dodgers up 3-1. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the first game of the World Series.
Game 2
The Dodgers looked to sweep the first two home games but the Astros struck first with a single by Alex Bregman (3B) to go up 1-0 in the third. Joc Pederson (LF) homered in the 5th to tie the game 1-1. Corey Seager (SS) put the Dodgers up the next inning with a two-run home run to make it 3-1. Astros began mounting their come back in the 8th with a single from  Carlos Correa (SS) to narrow the lead to 3-2. Marwin Gonzalez (LF) homered in the ninth to tie the game 3-3. The extra innings were crazy as the Astros jumped up in front with back-to-back home runs from Jose Altuve (2B) and Correa to make it 5-3. The Dodgers bounced back in the bottom of the tenth when Yasiel Puig (RF) homered and a single from Enrique Hernandez to make it 5-5. George Springer (CF) hit a two-run home run in the 11th to make it 7-5. The Dodgers almost came back with a home run from Charlie Culberson but only made it 7-6. The Houston Astros win an astounding game to tie the series.

Game 3
Capitalizing after a win in Los Angeles, the Astros return to Houston and start an early game rally in the 2nd. Yuli Gurriel started the rally with a home run then he made some racist gesture which got him suspended for only four games during next year's regular season. Marwin Gonzales singled, Brian McCann (C) singled, and Alex Bregman (3B) hit a sac-fly to put the Astros up 4-0. The Dodgers chipped away at the lead when Corey Seager grounded into a double-play but Joc Pederson scored to make it 4-1. Evan Gattis (DH) singled in a run in the 5th to make it 5-1. Puig grounded out but knocked in a run and the Dodgers scored another on a wild pitch in the sixth to make it 5-3. The Houston Astros win their first game at home to take a 2-1 series lead. 
Game 4
Undefeated at home in the postseason, the Houston Astros scored first in the 6th inning with a home run from George Springer to go up 1-0. The Dodgers tied when Logan Forsythe (2B) singled in the 7th to go 1-1. A ninth-inning rally for the Dodgers including a double by Cody Bellinger (1B), a sac-fly from Austin Barnes (C), and a three-run home run from Joc Pederson (CF) to make it 6-1. The Astros only managed to get one back with an Alex Bregman (3B0 home run to end the game down 6-2. The Los Angeles Dodgers tied the season at 2 games in Houston.  
Game 5
Looking to capitalize on their first win in Houston and having their best pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the mound, the Dodgers struck first with a bases-loaded single from Logan Forsythe and adding an extra run on an error to make it 3-0. Austin Barnes (C) singled in the fourth to drive in Forsythe to make it 4-0. The Astros finally got on the board with a rally in the bottom of the 4th with Carlos Correa hitting a double and Yuli Gurriel hitting a homer to tie it at 4-4. The Dodgers jumped back ahead in the 5th with a three-run home run from Cody Bellinger (1B) to make it 7-4. Jose Altuve hit a three-run home run of his own to tie the game in the 5th 7-7. Bellinger tripled in the 7th to drive in a run to go up 8-7 Dodgers. The Astros rallied in response with a home run from George Springer (CF), a double from Altuve, and another home run from Correa to go up 11-8. Corey Seager doubled in a run in the top of the 8th to shorten the lead 11-9. Brian McCann homered in the bottom of the 8th to make it 12-9. Los Angeles rallied to stay alive with a two-run home run from Yasiel Puig and a single Chris Taylor to tie the game at 12-12. Alex Bregman drove in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th to lead the Astros to win at 13-12. The Houston Astros win the fifth game of the series to go up 3-2 and only one win away from being champions. 
Game 6
Returning to Los Angeles with the Astros in the lead, Houston scored first with a George Springer home run in the 3rd to go up 1-0. The Dodger would have all the rest of the offense with a rally in the sixth including a single from Chris Taylor and a Corey Seager sac-fly to go up 2-1. Joc Pederson homered in the 7th for the last run of the game as the Dodgers won 3-1. The Los Angeles Dodgers tied the series at 3-3 and forced a game seven.  
Game 7
With the World Series on the line, the Houston Astros came out hot with their first run from a throwing and a second from a Jose Altuve groundout to lead 2-0 in the first inning. The Astros added it on in the 2nd with a groundout from pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and a two-run home run from George Springer to grow the lead to 5-0.

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